1946 – 2016
It is with great sorrow and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved wife, mother, and nonna on Monday February 15, 2016 in Cranbrook, BC at 69 years of age.
Antoinetta was born on May 17, 1946 in Casignana, Italy to Vincenzo and Maria Potorti. She immigrated to Canada in 1963. Together with her husband Benito, she shared a love and marriage partnership that extended over 53 years and three children.
Antoinetta brought great passion to her life as a mother, wife, sister, friend and entrepreneur. She loved cooking and that passion led to the opening of La Calabria Restaurant. This endeavour brought together her love of cooking and people. She warmed the hearts and stomachs of many.
Antoinetta also loved gardening, knitting, music and culture but most of all she loved spending time with her beautiful grandchildren who adored her.
Antoinetta lived by the motto “chi si firma è perduto” (one who stops is lost). She faced her illness with tremendous courage and never gave up hope. She is an inspiration to all of us.
Antoinetta will be missed by all of those who knew her and were touched by her beautiful spirit.
We extend a gracious thank you to her doctors and first responders.
Antoinetta is survived by her husband Benito, children Ivana (Ben), Bernadette, Ben (Kathleen), grandchildren Jessica, Isabella, Alaina and Grace, brothers and sister Pina, John and Rocco. She was predeceased by her parents Vincenzo and Maria Potorti, and her brother Antonio.
A funeral mass for Antoinetta will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cranbrook on Friday, February 19, 2016 at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers please make donation to ALS Canada at: www.alsbc.ca .
Arrangements entrusted to McPherson Funeral Service.
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