Mrs. Annunziata Maria Militano
June 2, 1920 – November 3, 2019
Peacefully, with her family at her side, Annunziata passed away at the age of 99.
Annunziata is survived by her children, Carmine (Villaluz), and Rosa (Jorge Esteves); beloved grandchildren, Giovanni and Annunziata Militano and Gianluca and Marco Esteves; sister Anna Lafaci in Italy; sisters-in-law Lina, Domencia in Winnipeg, Alfonza in Italy and Shirley in Ontario; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by her husband Giovanni; parents Pietro and Vicenzina Ciccone; sisters Concetta and Filomena in Italy and her brother Luigi in Australia.
Annunziata was born on June 2, 1920 in Acquaro di Cosoleto, Reggio Calabria, Italy. In 1958 she immigrated to Canada to be with her husband and start a new life for their family. She was employed in the garment industry until her retirement in 1985. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and zia and nothing made her happier than being surrounded by her family. She loved gardening and preparing special meals for her family. She loved life and lived it to its fullest. Annunziata was very proud to be a member of the Holy Rosary Women’s Auxiliary. She will be missed by all whose lives she touched.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at Holy Rosary Church viewing at 10:00 am mass at 11:00 am with Rev. Fr. Sam Argenziano presiding at the Eucharist. Entombment will follow in Waverley Memorial Gardens, 1501 Waverley Street.
Pallbearers are Giovanni Militano, Gianluca and Marco Esteves, Carmine Militano, Joe Zirino, Rocco Giampaolo and honorary Pallbearer Alberto D’Ottavio.
We would like to thank mom’s homecare workers for their kindness and the friendship they provided for her. A special thanks to Zia Lina and Zia Domenica for being always there for our mom and Chris and Betty for their special friendship.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Holy Rosary Church in Annunziata’s memory.
- Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, November 7, 2019
Mrs. Annunziata Maria Militano
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Christopher and Betty Bennett Cronk
November 8, 2019
Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, we were unable to attend in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the funeral of Annunziata Militano, therefore, we offer these few final words about her from Chris & Betty in Toronto, Ontario.
It is with tremendous grief and sorrow to learn that we have lost one of the most beautiful and caring persons that this century, in time, has given to us.
Annunziata(Nancy) was to become the "Light of my/our Lives" for almost 4 decades, where we knew that whenever we were in her presence, we were always welcomed with "Open Arms" and "Treated Like Family".
Nancy, as we affectionately knew her, with her passing, will leave a very deep hole in our hearts as, we are sure which will, most undoubtedly, be the same for many others, that will take a goodly about of time, to even start, to heal.
We will miss her deeply and can only hope that Nancy is reunited with those loved ones that have predeceased her.
With all our love, Godspeed to you, Nancy.
Christopher Cronk and Betty Bennett Cronk
November 6, 2019
I first met Annunziata (Nancy) in the early 1980's, when I accompanied her son, Carmine, on a trip from Calgary to Winnipeg. I was welcomed with open arms, and since then Nancy has been like a "Second Mother" to me. During the ensuing years, I would frequently go to Winnipeg from wherever I happened to be, for a visit, where I was welcomed with open arms and treated like family. There was always a place at her table, liberally appointed with her wonderful special recipes, of which, the fondest one was her "Dried Bread". Over the years, I would be surprised, every so often, by receiving these very special packages of "Dried Bread", each one carefully wrapped in a paper towel and then stuffed into a large box, which weighed almost nothing. Then I would savour them for many a time, until the supply ran out or I would, mysteriously, receive a new batch. Betty was also welcomed, with open arms also, some 25 years ago, whenever she accompanied me on my visits to Winnipeg to see Nancy. In the meantime, every couple of weeks, we would be joined by a telephone call punctuated, with the ever present truncated city names - "How is it in TORANT" or "Are you going to CALG" - not as bad as Lina, though. What more can one say about this exceptional grand old "LADY", who was "The Salt Of The Earth" to everyone who crossed her path. I can only reiterate that I/we were most fortunate to have our lives intersect for so many years. I was also, most fortunate, to have been able to visit with Nancy, in the hospital, a week or two, before her passing, where we had a great visit hoping to cheer her up, given the circumstances. Later, we were able to talk to her, on the phone, until it became impossible. We all, had hoped that Nancy would have been able reach the 100 year mark, but sadly, it was not to be and was missed by only 5 months and 30 days. I can only say, that "Annunziata" was truly, a "Light In Our Lives", and will be forever, indelibly etched in our hearts, and very sadly missed in the future. While, we could go on forever about this "Wonderful Lady", the space is short, and what more can one say to convey the impact of the passing of a, very much LOVED ONE, which always leaves an, almost inconsolable gap,
in the lives of all who knew her, which only time can heal. Hopefully, Annunziata, will now be with all her "Loved Ones", who have passed before her, where she can be with them for all time. Missing you already, With "ALL OUR LOVE" and great sadness, Chris and Betty
- Posted in the "Winnipeg Free Press" by: Christopher Cronk and Betty Bennett (Dear Special Friends) on: Nov 06, 2019