Maria Marzin

6 May, 194014 February, 2021

May 6, 1940 - February 14, 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother.

In the early hours of February 14, 2021 she joined the love of her life, Luigi.

She is predeceased by her parents, Luigi and Antonietta.

Mariucci is survived by her daughters, Marina and Laury; sister Liliana (Luigi - Deceased) and her family; brother Luciano ( Maria Rosa) and their family; and many relatives and friends throughout Canada, Italy and Australia.

Mariucci was known for her devotion to her family, hard-working nature, kindness, extraordinary culinary and sewing skills, and her beautiful vegetable garden and flower garden , especially her roses,

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Arthritis Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of your choosing in her memory.

Please visit the website to share memories and words of condolences.

Here is the link to view Maria Marzin's service on Saturday, February 20 at 11:30am.

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Charlene Fekeshazy

February 20, 2021

Dear Marina & Laury,

Sincerest Condolences on the loss of your Mom. I can only imagine the sorrow you both must be feeling.

Her funeral service was wonderful, the church and flowers beautiful and the priest delivered a special service in Italian and English.

My thoughts and prayers are with you both 🙏🏻

Much love...Char

Diane McDonald

February 20, 2021

It was a lovely service. My thoughts are with you Marina and Laury. May your mother rest in peace.

Luisa Perozzo

February 20, 2021

Marina and Laury,

Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your Mother.
She was a wonderful woman. I will always remember her beautiful smile and her loving personality. Our thoughts and prayers are with you both.

Luisa, Paolo and Family.

Merridee Foster

February 19, 2021

Laury and Maria
We were so sad to have learned of your mama's passing. she was such a lovely woman and very kind to us, especially to our daughter Morgan, who referred to her as Mema. Mema made such beautiful dresses for our little girl and had us over to your home on many occasions for tea and pastries. She even invited my dad over and he and your dad had such wonderful, heartfelt conversations together. she was a wonderful, giving and lovely woman. I think of her often. You two were very blessed to have had such wonderful parents. Keep the memories of those two wonderful people close to your hearts.

lots of love
Merridee, Grant and Morgan

Marilyn McGregor

February 19, 2021

Dear Marina and Laury,
I was so saddened to learn of your mother's passing. I have many happy memories of her, especially the cups of tea and coffee Penny and I shared with her after touring her garden. Her joy will live on in the hearts of many.

Laura & Vince Florio

February 19, 2021

Marina and Laury,

We are so saddened by the loss of your Mom. She was always filled with love and the most wonderful smile whenever we saw her. We will remember her always with only the warmest thoughts. We will keep you both in our thoughts and prayers and hope you know we are here for you always.

Much love,
Laura & VInce

Mara Cirotto (Martinuzzi)

February 18, 2021

Dear Marina and Laury

My deepest condolences for the loss of your mother Maria.
She was a great women and will be missed. I will always remember her has Maria di Gigi.

Mara Martinuzzi Cirotto

Giorgio Del Bianco

February 18, 2021

Dear Marina and Laury,

My deepest condolences to you both, so sorry for your loss.
Mariucci rest in peace.

Ann/Bart Yue/Marten

February 18, 2021

Dear Marina and Laury,
We are very sorry to hear of your mom's passing . May the many cherished memories of shared laughter and love ease the pain of your loss.
I am so glad that I was able to meet your mom not too long ago and to share a smile with her. She was very sweet and lovely. I am glad you also showed me her beautiful garden full of her gorgeous roses and all the lovely flowers.
May she rest in peace.
Ann & Bart (hugs to you both)

Lorraine Del Bianco

February 18, 2021

Dear Marina and Laury,

My deepest condolences on the loss of your dear Mom. May your treasured memories of your Mom keep her close to your hearts. May God give you strength during this difficult time.

Lorraine Del Bianco



Tribute to our loving, Mamma, Maria

My name is Marina Marzin, the eldest daughter of Maria and Luigi. It is my honor to tell you about the exceptional woman that Laury and I were fortunate to call our Mamma.

Mamma was born Maria Bianchini on May 6, 1940 to Antonietta and Luigi in Bando Italy. She was the middle child. She had a profound love for her older sister Liliana and her younger brother Luciano. As a young girl she attended mass and brought the milk to the co-op before attending school. After finishing school she worked on the family farm and looked after her younger brother Luciano. They both adored each other, and that love and affection endured, even though the ocean separated them. She enjoyed spending time with her girlfriends, her sister, and spending time in the mountains. She was an excellent seamstress and spent many hours embroidering and sewing for herself and others. She had magical hands and her talents were sought after by many.

Many family members and friends are blessed to have samples of her cherished work which include dresses, other pieces of clothing, doilies, sheets, and blankets.

In 1956 she joined her sister Liliana in Milan to work for a family but after a few months returned home to take care of her health. She continued to work on the family farm.

In 1964 at a dance our dad Luigi spotted her and it was love at first sight. After a three month courtship they were married. Dad came back to Vancouver and mom followed him in October 1964. I, Marina, was born in November 1964.

Mom and dad had incredible strength and courage. That strength got her through the early months in Vancouver… a new mother, not knowing the language, a husband who worked, away from her beloved family in Italy. Laury and I are truly grateful for her love and determination to create a loving and caring home.

She had the loving support of her friends, Vanda and Mariucci who had made the journey to Canada before her.

Mariucci let me know that for the first three years mom always spoke of one day moving back to Italy. After the birth of my sister Laury in December 1967 she had declared that life here in Vancouver was good and that she would be staying in Vancouver.

She was a devoted mother and wife. She cooked wonderful meals and sewed exquisite dresses for Laury and I. One of her other passions was gardening. She was especially proud of her fragrant rose garden.

Education was very important to our mom. Before I started school I knew how to count by 2, 3`s and 4`s. While maintaining a spotless house, she would sit me down and write out the times table for me and I remember running to her bedroom, waking her up and reciting the times tables out loud to her.
Her friend Vera Mior helped her to understand the Canadian school system and they had a long lasting, wonderful friendship.

She always put her family first. She taught Laury and I the following:
1. Always be kind and respectful.
2. Safety -- button up your coat, wear a hat, don`t jaywalk, drive slow
3. Save before your spend
4. Love your family
5. Love of walking
6. Mangia, Mangia
7. How to cook tasty meals. My sister Laury learned and carries on the family traditions. I am still learning.
8. Share, be there for each other
And many other things.

We are who we are because of mamma and poopah.

There was no task that was too big for mamma. She mowed the lawn, made wine, barbecued, washed windows, weeded the garden and winterized the home. Her house was spotless inside and out.

She spent her recreational time going to Famee Furlane and Roma Hall banquets with the Marzins (Corinna and Dino) and Paludettos (Lidia and Guerrino) , walking, going to Spanish Banks, playing cards, talking on the phone with her friends, sewing, cooking, and listening to Fruilan and Italian folksongs. She loved entertaining and many banquets were shared with the Scodeller, Del Bianco and Del Degan families. She was very hospitable, the more you ate the happier she became. She was known to make 3 dinners in one day in order to please dad, my sister and I.

In the early years vacations were spent visiting family in Italy and with the Del Biancos in Penticton.

After Laury and I went on to University she took some cleaning jobs as she enjoyed getting out of the house and making new friends.

Mom and Dad took vacations to Australia, Reno and Las Vegas. She developed a special bond with dad`s sister Lina, and they affectionately called each other sisters.

In her later years, her eyesight weakened and she gave up sewing but always continued her passion for cooking and gardening. She loved Sunday drives, going out for lunch or ice cream, making charcuterie with dad and the Friday gatherings at the superstore with the Miors, the Daminatos and other friends.

Dad and mom were one. They spent every minute together and when dad passed away on September 21, 2019 her world was never the same.

Laury and I are pleased to share with you what a special person our mom was. We are grateful that we could share this short tribute of the wonderful person we call our mamma.

Let`s carry on her legacy by making the people around us feel special, sharing our blessings with others and showing love each and every day.

Mamma you taught us everything but the one thing you never taught us was how to live without you. There is a huge ache in our hearts and it will never go away. We love you mama.

Marina and Laury

The Watcher
by Margaret Widdemer

She always leaned to watch for us,
Anxious if we were late,
In winter by the window,
In summer by the gate;

And though we mocked her tenderly,
Who had such foolish care,
The long way home would seem more safe
Because she waited there.

Her thoughts were all so full of us,
She never could forget!
And so I think that where she is
She must be watching yet,

Waiting till we come home to her,
Anxious if we are late—
Watching from Heaven's window,
Leaning from Heaven's gate.