Graziella Montemurro

Graziella Montemurro (Panettieri)

Sunday, April 29th, 1934 - Wednesday, May 12th, 2021
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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our Mother Graziella Montemurro (Panettieri) on May 12th, 2021. Graziella passed away peacefully at the age of 87 in her home with adoring family by her side.

Beloved wife of 52 years to the late Raffaele Montemurro, loving sister to six siblings: the late Angelina Giannace (Antonio), the late Rosalia Pannetta (Cosmo), Joe Panettieri (Ninetta), the late Nicoletta Miro (Antonio), the late John Panettieri (Carmela), and Ninetta Agneta (Franco)

Loving Mamma to Dominic (Susan), the late Enzo, Rosa (Mark), Ralph (Michelle) and Marc (Amy). Proud and adoring Nonna to Matthew (Brittany), Devon, Jack, Grace, Henry, Luke, Joy, Elle and Tommy, and Bisnonna to Beau. Graziella will be fondly remembered and dearly missed by her entire family, including her brothers and sisters-in-law Giuseppina (John) Giannone and the late Maria (Rudy) Valentini, nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends.

Graziella was born on April 29th, 1934 in Pisticci, Italy and immigrated to Canada with her brother Joe in 1954. She was a talented seamstress and soon found work in Toronto’s garment district. She married Ralph on December 28, 1957 and devoted herself to family life and motherhood; doting on her children would become her true joy. Though she often said she could only cook “frencha fries” when she first married, she quickly became an amazing cook, and her pizzas and calzones were legendary. It was impossible to visit her home without being well fed.

Graziella adored her family deeply and selflessly devoted her life to them. Her contagious laughter, love of Italian music, warm hospitality, strong faith, and constant jovial spirit - even in times of continuous sorrow in mourning the loss of her son, will be greatly missed by all.

Due to covid-19 restrictions, the visitation and Mass will be private. Family and friends are welcome to participate in her Funeral Mass online on Monday, May 17th, 2021 at 1:00pm.

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A private entombment will follow at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Enzo Montemurro Scholarship Fund at St. Michael’s College School using the following link:
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    Holy Cross Cemetery
    8361 Yonge Street
    Thornhill, Ontario L3T 1A8
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Gail Bennett

Posted at 07:21am
Susan and Dominic,
Sending hugs to your family on the passing of your mother, Graziella. She will always live on in your memories.
Gail Bennett and Lou Castaldo.

Luigino Bada

Posted at 01:18pm
Dominic and Family,
Our sincerest sympathy on the passing of your Mom. When words escape us only love remains eternal. May God Bless you and yours.
Our heartfelt condolences, Lou, Gina and Daniel Bada

Anthony Montanaro

Posted at 04:25pm
Our heartfelt condolences to Domenic and the entire Montemurro and Panettieri families on your loss. May the cherished memories of your mom be embedded in your hearts forever. Our thoughts are with you at this most difficult time. RIP

Anthony (Arista Homes) & Gabi Montanaro & Family


Posted at 06:52pm
Non possiamo essere presenti in questa triste giornata, ma i nostri pensieri vi accompagnano in questo momento terribile.
Le nostre più sentite condoglianze. 🙏
Luisa e Mario Lofranco e famiglia

Tino Corrado

Posted at 03:20pm
Sending our heartfelt condolences and prayers on the passing of Graziella.
Nina, Frank and Tino Corrado

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