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Date of Passing: Nov 02, 2022

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It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Maddalena Bongiorno on November 2, 2022 at the age of 91 years.
Mom passed away peacefully with her family by her side. Left to cherish her memory are her son Guy (Angie) Bongiorno, her daughter Enza Bongiorno, her granddaughters, Madeline (Mark) Smith, and Joselyn (Brian) Danyluk, great-grandson Nolan Smith, and great-granddaughter Charlotte Danyluk, sister Carmela (Francesco) Acquisto, sister-in-law Beatrice Bullaro, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father Rosario Bullaro and mother Francesca Bullaro, husband Carmelo Bongiorno and brother Francesco Bullaro.
Mom was born in Casteltermini, Sicily, Italy where she lived until her early 20s before setting sail alone across the Atlantic to Halifax, then boarded a train to Winnipeg where she joined Dad, her husband-to-be. They were married for 65 years before Dad passed in 2018. Mom was a loving and devoted wife, indulging Dad with home cooked meals, homemade bread, and freshly made pasta, all prepared with love. They raised two children together and instilled their Italian values and love of family.
Mom was a strong, independent, and determined woman. At the beginning of their marriage, Dad gave Mom his paycheck and she asked "What am I supposed to do with this?" and he replied "You'll figure it out". She did and continued to manage the finances and become a landlord of rental property they owned. Mom also worked as a seamstress, initially working from home so she could raise her family and then working in a small factory after the kids were in high school. Mom's family was her pride and joy. Mom loved to gather with family and friends and prepare and share meals around the table. She will be greatly missed by all her loved ones.
Thank you to the staff at Home Care and at Health Sciences Centre for your care and compassion.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, November 9, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. in Mary, Mother of the Church, 85 Kirkbridge Drive, with condolences one hour prior. Family respectfully asks that all those in attendance refrain from physical contact while offering condolences.
Pallbearers will be Mark Smith, Brian Danyluk, Mike Acquisto, Rosario Bullaro, John Bullaro, and Mario Bullaro.
In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, donations in memory of Maddalena may be made to the Arthritis Society of Canada.

Coutu Family in care of arrangements:
E.J. Coutu & Co. Funeral Directors

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 05, 2022

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • Dear Guy, Angie & family, I wanted to let you know that I am thinking of you all during this time. May you take comfort in the lovely memories you have created over the years. - Posted by: Stella Cianflone (Family friend ) on: Nov 08, 2022

  • My deepest sympathies for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time of sorrow. - Posted by: Murray Gartner (Friend and co-worker of Guy) on: Nov 07, 2022

  • I am sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during these difficult times. R.I.P riposa in pace Maddalena. Gina Montanino & family. - Posted by: Gina montanino (fried) on: Nov 06, 2022

  • Guy & Angie we are so sorry for your loss. Please accept our most sincere condolences. Every time I would come over to your house your mom was always trying to feed me and there was never a shortage of great Italian food. Rest easy knowing that she is at peace and free of pain and in a better place along with your dad. John & Muriel Nunes - Posted by: John Nunes (Friend of 48 years and counting ) on: Nov 05, 2022

  • We are truly sorry to hear of Maddalenas passing.We travelled many places together and enjoyed her company. She had a great sense of humor. REST IN PEACE. Frank and Laurel Gagliardi and family - Posted by: Frank And Laurel Gagliardi (Friend) on: Nov 05, 2022

  • Goodbye to my comare Lina whom I will deeply miss. I have so many happy memories of when I was a child growing up and will always remember her kindness and laughter. My thoughts are with your family Guy and Enza. May she Rest In Pace. Rosanna - Posted by: Rosanna Guzzi (Goddaughter ) on: Nov 05, 2022

  • Please accept my deepest condolences on your loss. My Thoughts and prayers are with your family during this very sad time. - Posted by: Laurie Kingsland (Coworker of Guy) on: Nov 05, 2022

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