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.

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  • Bernadette and Jim O'Reilly

    To the Porto family,

    Our prayers are with you during this difficult time. We just recently got to know your
    mother as we were bringing Communion to her. She had such a gentle and kind spirit!

    Bernadette and Jim O’Reilly

  • Carol Jones

    My sincere condolences to Jo, Ivana and family on the loss of your mother. I remember when she first came to Canada with Jo to join her husband. She was a wonderful lady.
    Carol Jones (Yakimovich)

  • Lou Barone

    To Jo, Ivana and your families
    Our Sincere condolences for your loss.
    The Barone family

  • Dave Fallis

    Sincere condolences to Ivana and Jo and family Thinking about you

  • Love Georgia, Cindy, Sidig, James, Jen, Ian and family

    Jo, Ivana, Tony, Rob, Niko and Noah, sending sincere condolences at the loss of your Mother/Grandmother. Thinking of you all during this difficult time.

  • Robert & Frank Romano

    I hope they have soap operas in heaven. Zia Marietta loved her stories.

    She lit up a room with her smile.

    I am happy she had a long life and that the lines in her face were gentle and kind until the end.

    Sincere condolences to our cousins Pina & Ivana.

    Robert & Francesco Romano

  • Tony Romano

    To zia Marietta’s family,
    I may never fathom how painful this loss is for you; please be assured that y are in my thoughts and prayers. Accept my sympathy. I will celebrate her life!!!!!


  • Gina Espeja

    Gina Espeja and Family
    Our Deepest Sympathy and Condolence to Ivana and Jo and to the whole family. I’m very sorry that during your hard time I was not there to help you.

  • Hugh and Lisa Gordon

    Dear Ivana and Jo – so sorry for the loss of your mom. Please take comfort in knowing you two were the best daughters – ever.

    Lisa and Hugh

  • Manlangit Felisa and family

    Our prayers and condolence to Porco family specially Jo and Ivanamay our prayers give you comfort at this difficult time
    Godbless you always and keep you in his care

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