CATTONI Virginia

Posted: November 3rd, 2015


Virginia “Gina” Cattoni

1924 – 2015

Virginia “Gina” Cattoni passed away peacefully in Lethbridge at Chinook Regional Hospital, surrounded by her family, on Friday October 30, 2015 at the age of 91 years.

Gina was born and raised in Manzano di Mori, Trento, Italy. She followed the love of her life, her late husband Joseph Cattoni, when she moved to Canada in 1950. The two were married on December 26, 1950. Gina and Joe were lifetime members of the Romulus and Remus Italian Canadian Club and were proud of their Italian roots. She worked for years at the University of Lethbridge and truly loved her time there. In 1986, Gina retired to take care of her grandchildren. Family meant everything to her and she was happiest when surrounded by the people she loved.

She also loved her home and especially her garden. She had a green thumb and would spend hours in her garden. Geraniums were her flower of choice and they lined the steps to her house with bright red and pink blossoms. Another passion of Gina’s was knitting. She was a master with knitting needles and was proud to show others her beautifully crafted sweaters and blankets. She was also a talented cook; a talent which frequently brought her family together. Gina’s love of life, warmth, genuine care for others, patience and sense of humour will be greatly missed by her family and friends. She lived a long life and we feel blessed to have shared, with her, so many wonderful memories.

Gina is survived by her children Renzo of Toronto, Doris (John) Kostiuk of Lethbridge and their children Elaina (Shane) and Lorenzo, Sergio (Renee) of Lethbridge and their children Colby-Jo (Tyler) and Matteo, and Mauro of Lethbridge, and his children Eric and Alexandra; brother Francesco (Carolina) Vettori of Italy; sister-in-law Lilia Cattoni, brother-in-law John Augustyn, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Gina was predeceased by her parents Giorgio and Coronata Vettori; her husband Joseph Cattoni; her sister, Amalia Augustyn; and her brother Remo Vettori.

Vigil Rites (Prayers) will be held at 7:00pm on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4th Street South, Lethbridge.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00am on Thursday, November 5, 2015 at ST. BASILS CATHOLIC CHURCH, 604 – 13th Street North, Lethbridge, with Father Lukas Drapal officiating. Interment to follow in Mountain View Cemetery.

Flowers gratefully declined. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society at 724 13 St N, Lethbridge, AB T1H 2T1.

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