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Born: Jan 14, 1953

Date of Passing: Nov 19, 2021

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January 14, 1953 - November 19, 2021

In Lanciano, Italy, Martha left this world after a brave fight with heart disease and cancer.
She is survived by her son Thomas and daughter Anastasia (Nicolo); brother Peter (Gwen); sister Sandy Bell; her special cousin Lisa Watt (Harold); brother-in-law Claude Rouget; sister-in-law Maria Paolucci (Gino); many cousins, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her newborn daughter Louisa; husband Tonino; sister Susan Rouget; parents, Andrew and Dorothy; cousin Tim Gray, and brother-in-law Carmine Ciccocioppo.
Martha was educated at Windsor School, Convent of the Sacred Heart and the University of Winnipeg. After graduation Martha taught school in Sanford and Gillam before marrying and moving to Italy in 1983.
Martha was a lover of words and history as it related to Winnipeg and Manitoba and Canada and the Second World War. As a freelance journalist, her articles have appeared in newspapers in Canada, Italy and the U.K. Over the decades, Martha kept in touch with childhood friends and many others she encountered on life's way, sharing her brilliant wit, humour and storytelling. She was loved, admired and will be missed by all.
A Funeral Mass was held on Thursday, November 25 in Lanciano. A Winnipeg gathering of the Sarmatiuk and Ciccocioppo families and close friends will be held to honour Martha's memory.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 27, 2021

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • Martha and I were friends from kindergarten. Our Mothers and families were close. Martha and I were hopeless at Home Ec. We lost touch for awhile but went to Europe together in the late 70’s. She was my oldest friend. We were never able to get together after she married and moved to Europe but I hoped to meet again. I am heartbroken this will not happen. She was so kind and compassionate. My sympathy to her family. - Posted by: Colleen Turnley (Friend) on: Nov 29, 2021

  • Martha was the most caring and loving person that I have ever known. She seemed to be forever filled with happiness and joy, and always shared it with the people around her. It was an honor knowing and loving. Although a part of our hearts will be empty with her passing, a part of her will always stay in our hearts forever. I think of her always and will continue forever. Those of you that loved her as I did will remember her in our hearts and minds always. Love, Dave - Posted by: Dave Lund (Friend) on: Nov 28, 2021

  • I only wish I had met dear Martha. We only knew each other through email. I am truly saddened of her passing. May she rest in peace. Her cousin from California Marina & Husband Egon Monostory - Posted by: Marina Monostory (Manilla) (first Cousin) on: Nov 27, 2021

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