Passed away peacefully at the age of 98, on June 20, 2022. Born January 20, 1924 in Carolei, Cosenza, Italy. Predeceased by her husband Saverio “John” Porco (1995).
Survived by daughters Jo Pagnotta and Ivana Porco, grandsons Tony and Robert Pagnotta, great- grandsons Nikolas and Noah Pagnotta, brother Silvio Romano, as well as nieces and nephews in Quebec, Ontario, New York and Italy.
Maria lived and worked with her large family until she married her beloved John on April 29, 1945. In 1951, John immigrated to Canada to make a new home for his family. In 1953, Maria and young daughter Giuseppina (Jo) travelled to join him. Soon after, they welcomed daughter Ivana. Together, Maria and John worked hard to make a good life in Canada.
Maria was kind, generous and loving, and she will be sorely missed by her family and many friends.
Many thanks to Dr. Ted Rosenberg and his team for their excellent care. Special thanks to Maria‘s wonderful and loving caregivers Felisa Manlangit, Rosalie Villanueva, and Gina Espeja.
A Funeral Mass will be held at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 4049 Gordon Head Rd, on Tuesday, June 28 at 2:00 PM. Viewing available at 1:30 PM. Refreshments following the mass, then procession to the Royal Oak Burial Park Mausoleum, 4673 Falaise Drive, at 4:30 PM.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to a charity of your choice.
Condolences may be offered to the family below.
Bernadette and Jim O'Reilly
Love Georgia, Cindy, Sidig, James, Jen, Ian and family
Robert & Frank Romano
Hugh and Lisa Gordon
Manlangit Felisa and family