OBITUARY

Antoinette Martella

June 13, 1949November 24, 2012

with great sadness that we announce the sudden and tragic passing of Antoinette Martella on Saturday, November 24th. She leaves behind her two beloved daughters Miranda (Roger) and Lianne (Jean-Mark) Castravelli, their father Claude, her three adored grandchildren, Mathis, Hadrien and Gisele, her brothers Steven (Iolanda), Frank (Mattea), Rocky (Veronica), Leo (Pierrine), Mike (Mary), her sister Claire (Dean), as well as numerous nieces and nephews, and her dear friends Veneranda and daughter Adrianna, and Bernard. Antoinette was a respected coordinator, principal and teacher within the CSDM and Lester B. Pearson school board, and was a continuing inspiration to many of her colleagues and former students. The family will receive condolences at the Collins Clarke MacGillivray White Funeral Home, 222 autoroute 20 (entrance at 27 Salisbury St.) in Pointe-Claire on Sunday, December 2, 2012 from 7 to 9 pm. The Funeral Mass will be held at 10 am on Monday, December 3rd at Saint-Patrick’s Basilica, 454 René Lévesque Blvd West, Montreal. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name to the Douglas Hospital would be greatly appreciated.

nérailles sont organisées par : Collins Clarke MacGillvray White, Pointe-Claire, Québec.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, December 2, 2012
  • Memorial Service Monday, December 3, 2012
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Lana G

August 8, 2013

My sincere condolences to Antoinette's family and friends. I met Antoinette a few years ago and we became fast friends. I have been trying to contact her for the past six months, and only today learned of her untimely passing. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her. A truly wonderful, talented, kind and generous person.

Erik G

December 9, 2012

Early this morning I found out that my 9th grade English teacher, Antoinette Martella, passed away. I am in shock. I can barely write this, my hands are shaking so much, but I just need to share. I remember when I was 14, I was consciously determined to impress her because she was the most fabulous woman I had ever met. She had style, charisma, intelligence and she became as much a muse to me as any of my favorite artists. I wanted to be like her when I grew up. It was in her class that I discovered my love for writing and it was in her class that I decided to take my creative talents seriously. Mrs. M and her class changed my life forever and that is not even a slight exaggeration. So much of who I am and where I'm going in life is because of her and our friendship. In high school, I was in the International program and before graduating we had to complete a year-and-a-half long personal project. My project was a screenplay--a big reason for choosing to do a screenplay was because I knew they'd match me with Mrs. M as my mentor, and they did. That is when Mrs. M and I became friends. I remember the first time, while working on that project, she invited me to her home. I was so excited and nervous to see where and how this fabulous creature, who I idolized, lived. Her home was beautiful and totally her--it was warm, inviting, there was lots of light and lots of books everywhere. After I graduated from High School, Mrs. M and I stayed close. I could talk to her about anything. The amazing, deep conversations we had are moments I will treasure forever. To say I feel lucky to have known and loved her is a gross understatement--I am blessed. My heart is broken and I will miss forever. RIP Mrs. M—always and forever the most fabulous woman I ever met.

Connie Zeppilli

December 4, 2012

To Claire and family, my sincere and heartfelt condolences on the passing of your beloved sister Antoinette. May God grant her eternal rest.

Grace Coppola

December 3, 2012

To my dear friend Linda,

My thoughts are with you and your family at this most difficult time of loss.

your friend always,
Grace

December 3, 2012

Our profound condolences to her daughters and their families and also to her siblings. It is always so very sad when such a beautiful person is suddenly wrenched away.
Tony Stange and Christa Fust-Stange

Cynthia De Luca

December 2, 2012

To the family, my deepest condolences for this tragic loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this terrible time.

God bless you, Mrs. Martella. I thank God that you were my teacher when I was still so young and impressionable, when your every word made an imprint on my mind. You were so wonderful, encouraging, and full of inspiration. I am so happy to have known you.

Tony Mancini

December 2, 2012

My deepest sympathies to the family. Antoinette was a great help to me in my first years of teaching and I always valued her advice and council. I will be forever be grateful for her help in my career.

Veronica Belafi

December 1, 2012

I would like to offer my sincerest condolences to Antoinette's loved ones.

Mrs. M captivated us with the classics—with Atticus Finch and Algernon and Romeo and Juliet and Tybalt and any number of Commedia dell'Arte archetypes. Herself a literary class act, she engendered lively debate unlike anyone in her field. We learned more than we could have imagined, as projected by that little microphone through which she lectured. Not that her booming personality warranted any amplification.

She will always be remembered as the astonishingly spry, superbly witty, and wonderfully confrontational woman who graced the halls of my adolescence. Grazie.

December 1, 2012

Please accept our heartfelt condolesence Bernard, as well as Antoinette's family. We met her through Bernard and and will remember her as a warm and intelligent person.
Warm regards, Dave Glazier and Heather Pearson

Larry & Nicole Patenaude

December 1, 2012

We are deeply saddened at the loss of a cherished friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time. It breaks our hearts that her two daughters Leanne & Miranda will no longer have the company of their mother whom loved them so dearly. We are deeply feeling for Bernard, Claude, and we are sending condolences to her whole family. Larry and I both know what a warm and caring extended family she had. We were blessed to have had many cherished memories with her. We met many of her family over the years at her famous Christmas carolling parties. She was a very warm, intelligent, no-nonsense woman who was loved and admired by so many. She had a presence that would light up a room, and her laugh was hearty and sincere. Twenty years ago Larry was hired by her at St. Thomas and he will always be greatful for her beleif in him at that time. She saw his passion mostly because she understood what she herself possessed so much of. She truly was a huge life force, her energy, exuberance, and passion for teaching was second to none. She was a rare gem of a human being and I know so many of her countless students, friends, and family have their hearts broken. There are too few people in this world whom you could say were generous and giving to a fault, but she was one of these such people. RIP dear one, knowing how much love you gave in this life.

All our love
Nicole & Larry