Maria Caranci

Maria Caranci

Monday, March 29th, 2021
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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, Maria Caranci, on March 29th, 2021 at the age of 94. Loving mother to Rosemary, Rita (Aldo), Tony (Carmela), and Remo. Affectionately called "Nonna" by her eight grandchildren, Anthony (Amber), Steven, Lisa (Matt), David (Cathy), Michael (Melissa), Giancarlo (Kristine), Benjamin and Adam (Selina). Bisnonna to three great-grandchildren, Arianna, Bianca and Anthony Jackson and her great-grand-doggy, Winnie. Dear sister of Rose Cifelli and Domenico Di Luca (predeceased).
Maria was married to Beniamino (predeceased), the love of her life for 45 years.
The Matriarch of the family, Maria, always had a smile on her face and greeted everyone with "Are you hungry"? She was kind, loving, patient, caring and admired by so many.
Her favourite pastimes were sewing, playing shuffleboard, cooking and baking, especially her famous Italian biscuits and pizzelle. She loved gardening and you would see her in the backyard with "la zappa" in her hand, turning the soil with passion and immense joy. Maria enjoyed sitting in the backyard watching the kids swim in the pool, playing briscola and going to the cottage. The grandchildren were always eager to hear stories about her life in Italy and here in Canada.

Maria was all about family and her greatest joy was spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The legacy she leaves behind is the true meaning of the word family which encompasses not only love, but mutual respect, kindness towards each other and always being united. She will be greatly missed by family and friends, but they will always have cherished memories of a strong and religious woman. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Hospital for Sick Children.

We thank you for respecting the regulations we are required to enforce from the Bereavement Authority of Ontario and Public Health.

The mass at St. Mary Immaculate Church is by invitation only, but will be live streamed on the church’s YouTube channel on Monday, April 5, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation
( or the Hospital for Sick Children ( in memory of Mrs.Caranci.

The family would really appreciate if you can leave an online condolence, memory or story you have of Maria. Please go to the memory wall section to leave you messages there.

Below is the Eulogy that was read at the church:

Once again, the church bells in the mountains of the small village of Castelpizzuto rang to mark the passing of our mother, Maria Caranci. Mom grew up in Italy but came to Canada as a young woman in 1948. Our Dad Beniamino, the love of her life, came in 1949 and they were married in August of that year. In the early years, Mom had a number of jobs, her first being at Patons and Baldwins where she worked the spinning machine to make yarn. After Rosemary and Rita were born they moved into the house on Cartwright in Toronto that our Dad built. Then Tony and Remo came along and she dedicated her life to raising her family, keeping house, cooking, baking and sewing. Mom made sure we had everything we needed, even if it meant her going without.

Even though she was born and raised in Italy, Mom embraced the Canadian culture. She would do things most women from Italy would have never done. She made roast beef, meatloaf and took us to hockey, ballet, skating and swimming lessons. As teenagers, she even allowed her daughters to attend parties without a chaperone.

Our Mom had 7 grandsons, 1 granddaughter, 3 great-grandchildren with 1 more on the way. She was quite a unique Nonna as she would not only teach Lisa how to sew a button, but would be the hockey goalie while the kids took shots at her. She had the greatest love for her grandchildren and they had the utmost respect and love for her too. Mom enjoyed sharing many stories about her life with the grandchildren. At meal times, she made sure everyone was seated and comfortable before she sat down at the table. She was always cooking for the family and now the grandchildren would return the favour by bringing her meals. She celebrated so many milestones with them, from their sacraments, birthdays, graduations, dance recitals, hockey and soccer games. She was always present at weddings and parties, staying up with the rest of us until 2 o'clock in the morning. She would not miss an event, even in her later years with mobility issues, she would push herself to be present at gatherings and celebrations.

Mom was very competitive and did not like to lose, especially when playing cards, bocce and shuffleboard. She enjoyed canning peaches, roasting peppers, making jams and pizzelle. The highlight of the year was making homemade tomato sauce, a tradition our entire family will carry on for years to come. Mom loved to work in her vegetable garden and would even pick up a shovel at any one of our homes, from the children to the grandchildren. She enjoyed going on trips, whether it be the cottage in Wasaga Beach, Niagara Falls or down south. Her favourite trip was when the whole Caranci clan went to Jamaica for Christmas in 2007.

Mom was kind, caring, generous and independent. Her heart was so full of love and her profound faith gave her the strength to overcome many struggles in her life. Mom had a beautiful smile, was sociable and made friends easily. She lived on her own and took care of herself right up until the month before she passed away. Before our Dad passed away, his one wish was for us to stay together and stay united. Mom always reminded us of this. Now to honour her legacy, we as her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren must ensure that we stay together and united. As a friend once told us, “You have a family most people only dream of”. We have so many wonderful memories to cherish of this strong, amazing woman whom the grandchildren dubbed, "Nonna the Machine".

Rosemary, Rita, Tony, Remo
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, April 3rd, 2021 | 2:00pm - 7:00pm
    Saturday, April 3rd, 2021 2:00pm - 7:00pm
    Marshall Funeral Home
    10366 Yonge Street
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  • Service

    Monday, April 5th, 2021 | 10:30am
    Monday, April 5th, 2021 10:30am
    St. Mary Immaculate Catholic Church
    10295 Yonge Street
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    The Mass is PRIVATE and by invitation only. Please use the link here to watch the service on the church YouTube page.

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Private Condolence

Ellen Kennedy McBride

Posted at 03:07pm
For my beautiful friend Maria who taught me so much in the short time I knew her. I have many memories but a favorite was her singingAva Maria for me.

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Brenda Rea

Posted at 09:04am
Dear Rita , Rosemary and entire family
Our deepest condolences on the passing of your dear mother

Marco & Brenda Rea


Posted at 06:49am
Eternal is the love that's shared, as it's passed and passes, warming each heart. It's clear that Maria's love will shine on through her beautiful family! She was a lovely Mamma-Nonna and is watching on from heaven.

Condoglianze di cuore dalla famigila DiDonato


Sandra Bruni

Posted at 07:45pm
May Zia Maria rest in peace . She will always be remembered as the kind and smiling lady. Our Condolences to the entire family.
With love Sandra Corsetti -Bruni and family.

Elsa Di Luca

Posted at 01:01pm
Zia Maria always greeted us with a smile and complete recollection and strength seen mostly in folks of that generation from the Pizzuto. A great gentle spirit whose memory will always be held close to our hearts. Fond memories from Gino s childhood- Zia Maria was always there as part of the older gang that watched over the young ones. She will be missed but has imprinted her memory in our hearts forever. We are sorry for your loss and hope for strength and faith in these challenging days.
Gino and Eva Di Luca, Elsa and Denisa and their families

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