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Born: Nov 11, 1926

Date of Passing: Apr 24, 2020

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November 11, 1926 - April 24, 2020

Cherished mother and Nonna, Lucia Caligiuri passed away peacefully on Friday, April 24, 2020, at the age of 93, with her three children by her side.
She was predeceased by her husband Giuseppe Caligiuri; parents, Pasquale Pallone and Filomena Guzzi; siblings, Domenico, Giuseppe, Erminio and Maria; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Pasquale and Maria Stella Caligiuri; nephew Pasquale Pallone; son-in-law Bruce Ingram.
Lucia is survived by her three children, Erminio Caligiuri (Linda), Raffaelina Ingram, and Pasqualino Caligiuri (Franca). She is also survived by her eight grandchildren, Philip Cesario (Tonia), Lucy Cesario, Emily Cesario (Mark), Joseph P. Caligiuri, Laura Irwin (Cory), Christina Stuart (Mark), Joseph Caligiuri (Natasha) and Lydia Caligiuri; and seven great-grandchildren, Isabella, Kennedy, Declan, Kade, Cristian, Meadow and Sullivan.
As well, she is survived by her nephews and nieces in Winnipeg, Giuseppi Caligiuri (Glenda), Raffaelina Pingitore (Felice), Michael Caligiuri (Barb), Rachel Stoesz (Brian), Filomena Schellenberg (Wayne) and Phyllis Pallone; as well as Erminia Johannson (Bruce) from Toronto. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews in Italy, who despite the distance remained very close.
Born in Miglierina, Italy on November 11, 1926, to Pasquale and Filomena she was the youngest of five children. It was in Italy where she met and fell in love with her husband, Giuseppe. They married in their hometown in 1947 and welcomed three children, Erminio, Raffaelina and Pasqualino.
In 1959, she and her three young children embarked on the long journey to Canada to reunite with Giuseppe who had been preparing a life in North America for two years prior. They spent six years in Prince Rupert, British Columbia before moving to Winnipeg and making it their home.
Faith and family was of the highest importance to Lucia and she loved family gatherings and being around her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She created many lasting family traditions. Being a religious woman, she faithfully celebrated all feast days.
Hosting Christmas Eve every year was especially close to her heart. She would go above and beyond to make this a special night for everyone, from cooking 13 homemade dishes along with a visit from Santa Claus for her grandchildren - a tradition that still continues to this day. No matter when you stopped in to visit, Lucia would always have something ready for you to eat and she would make it impossible for you to turn her down. Her grandchildren can still hear her saying "Mangiare, Mangiare" - keeping everyone fed was just one of the many ways she showed her love.
Lucia valued her independence and had a tremendous work ethic. She worked at the University of Manitoba Pembina Hall for many years where she used her love of cooking to feed hundreds of staff and students every day. She would regularly take the bus to Mass at Holy Rosary Church and every Friday to Villa Cabrini, and was often seen carrying bags of groceries home after walking to the store. All who knew Lucia well would have been the recipient of vegetables from her very large garden, which she maintained entirely on her own for many years. She was the embodiment of a strong woman who was loving, generous, compassionate and a role model for her family. She remained courageous and resilient until her move to Misericordia Place in 2017.
The family would like to thank the numerous health care workers at Misericordia Place (Apple Lane Tree MP2) for their care and compassion, which was greatly appreciated and will never be forgotten.
Lucia's family would like to thank everyone for their love and support during this difficult time. Lucia will be missed and we know that she will live in the hearts of all who knew her.
As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to Holy Rosary Church.
In keeping with the health regulations that have been put in place to combat COVID 19, the family will be having a private service to celebrate Lucia's life.
Pallbearers are her grandsons, Philip Cesario, Joseph P. Caligiuri, Joseph Caligiuri, Cory Irwin, Mark Essay, and Mark Stuart.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 29, 2020

Condolences & Memories (13 entries)

  • Dear Rafaelina and family: It is with our heartfelt sadness we offer our condolences to you. I hope the sadness and loss that you feel right now will be made easier with many good memories of love and happiness you enjoyed with your wonderful "Mamma". With our deepest sympathies. Peter and Stella Maruca . - Posted by: Peter & Stella Maruca (friends) on: May 04, 2020

  • Lucia was a kind, generous, and loving person, a model for us all. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her. - Posted by: Richard Zloty (distant family) on: May 04, 2020

  • We are sorry to hear about the loss of your dear mother and grandmother. Our deepest condolences to both families. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sorrow. - Posted by: Susanna and Tony Sacco (Friends) on: May 01, 2020

  • Sorry for your loss, she was a wonderful woman. - Posted by: Frankrizzuto () on: May 01, 2020

  • Dear Raffaelina, I am so sorry to hear of your mom passing away, I will always remember my visits to your house on Banning and how your mom made me feel like one of the family, my thoughts are with you and your family, Erminio and Pasqualino - Posted by: Elia Ronzone (Friend of Raffaelina) on: May 01, 2020

  • Our sincerest condolences to all of Lucia's family and loved ones. She was such a loving and friendly soul. - Posted by: Nick & Linda DeStefano (Friends) on: Apr 30, 2020

  • My Deepest Condolences to the Caligiuri Family. Erminio, Raffaelina and Pasqualino, Mom was a Wonderful Lady.Thank you for the Memories Cummare Lucia, Always in my Heart. God Bless!Love You.Tony Guzzi - Posted by: Tony Guzzi (Family Friend) on: Apr 29, 2020

  • Alfred and I remember our visit, years ago, with comare Lucia, when we told her we would drop by for a "quick morning coffee". When we arrived at her house, we were treated to a beautiful breakfast spread including her home made cakes and cookies! That was her idea of a "quick coffee"! A couple of years ago, my mom and I were fortunate to visit with her at Misericordia Place where she was still able to reminisce with us about the good old days back in Prince Rupert. She, along with compare Joe, will always be remembered for their generosity, love, and friendship!! We are thinking of you, Erminio, Raffaelina, and Pat, and your families, and we send you all our love and hugs as you all go through this difficult time. With our deepest sympathies to you all, Tona and Alfred - Posted by: Tona and Alfred Lowey (friend) on: Apr 29, 2020

  • So sorry to hear of Zia's passing. My heart goes out to all of you in this difficult time. Zia was always happy to see everyone. Her life was her family and it was very obvious. Her big hugs and smiles will be missed. Stay strong - Posted by: Claire McKellar (Caligiuri) (Grandniece ) on: Apr 29, 2020

  • I worked part-time and my mother, Doris (now deceased) worked full-time with Lucy at Pembina Hall many years ago. I know that both of us thoroughly enjoyed working with her and have thought of her often over the years. Sending my heartfelt condolences at the loss of a wonderful lady. - Posted by: Grace Gillis (Former Co-worker) on: Apr 29, 2020

  • Ken and I just want to pass on our deepest sympathies. Lucia was our neighbor for quite a few years and it was a pleasure to have her next door. And yes she was often giving us some products from her garden and also some delicious food that she had prepared for a special occasion or another. One of my favorite was the nougat like candy she made. We missed her when she moved away. You always new where you stood with Lucia she was a no nonsense person and she said what had to be said without malice or anger but straight up and I for one really appreciated that. She was a tough wonderful person. Very sorry to hear of her passing. Once again our deepest sympathies to the families and all who knew her. Ghislaine and Ken - Posted by: Ghislaine Giroux and Ken DeCruyenaere (Neighbors) on: Apr 29, 2020

  • Lynn and family I am so sorry for the loss of such an incredible matriarch...she reflects her life and loving, giving ways through all of you. It is especially painful during these restrictive times. May you all manage to find peace in the many ways such loving and caring families manage to do. - Posted by: Louise Lemoine (Friends) on: Apr 29, 2020

  • Our condolences go out to the Caligiuri and Cesario family. - Posted by: Ugo and Linda Cesario (Family) on: Apr 29, 2020

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