Maria Malzahn

Maria Malzahn (Di Donato)

Monday, September 12th, 1938 - Saturday, January 16th, 2021
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Maria succumbed suddenly to the effects of COVID on January 16th at Humber River Hospital; a tragedy that also took the lives of her older brother Domenico and his wife Vincenzina (Gina) within days of one another.

Maria was the loving daughter of Raimondo and Carolina Di Donato (deceased). She is survived by and dearly missed by her younger brother Gerry (Marie).

Maria (“Zizi”) will be greatly missed by her five nieces and nephews; Bruno, Cherubina (Mike), Raimond (Marilyn), Corrin-Marie (Craig), and Michael (Kathryn); “Great Aunt-Zizi” to Tabitha (Victor), Raimond, Ethan, Molly-Marie, Reef and Charlie Rose; “Great Great Aunt-Zizi” to Mia.

Maria was born in Castelpizzuto, a small mountain town in Italy approximately 200 Km east of Rome. In May of 1956 Maria, along with her younger brother Gerry, her sister-in-law Vincenzina and her mother Carolina, immigrated to Canada to join the rest of their family, her dad Raimondo and older brother Domenico, who had left Italy in 1952 to establish their new home in Toronto.

At the age of 18 she attended hairdressing school and was gainfully employed as a hairstylist in Toronto. Her creative and artistic nature and her desire to work hard with and help others paved the way for Maria to become an esthetician. In 1967 Maria opened her own hair design salon and continued to provide service until she retired in 2014.

Maria found true love late in life and in 1988 she married the love of her life, Herbert Malzahn, a personification of a true gentleman, to complement Maria’s sincerity, love and carrying nature, overflowing affection and kindness and her infectious smile. This is what Herbert wrote in a note to Maria that she carried in her wallet until the day she passed; “It’s so beautiful to be with you. You’re sincere, so loving and that certain smile of yours makes me feel so deep for you it’s hard to describe. Such a beautiful love we have together I will always treasure.” Truer words were never spoken. Herbert passed away in 2001.

Maria will be eternally missed but forever in our hearts along with her husband Herbert.
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    Westminster Cemetery
    5830 Bathurst Street
    Toronto, Ontario M2R 1Y6
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Posted at 03:36pm
Thank-you for all your love and support that you showed my mom Maria as your client and then you both became friends. May you all join in heaven and find love and peace. RIP.

Nevia Juricevic

Posted at 02:05pm
It was so difficult to hear the heartbreaking news of Maria’s passing. She was an amazing friend for fifty two years. I will miss her phone conversations, her yearly Christmas cards, her kind words and positive disposition.
May her memories bring you peace, strength and comfort. With our deepest sympathy to the whole family. Love and Prayers Nevia and Ivan Juricevic

Danny Caranci

Posted at 01:12pm
Maria was a special friend to the Caranci family with the humble and graceful manners she inriched our lives and it is sad to see her pass away but her memmory will always live on with us in our Hearts and thoughs ,may Jesus receive her in the grace of heaven,
Maria and Danny Caranci


Posted at 03:39pm
My mother and I were deeply saddened by Maria’s sudden passing. Mom has know Maria for 60 years as she was a client and became friends throughout the years ,as did I.
I spoke with Maria on December 30 we wished each other a Happy New Year had a wonderful conversation with a few laughs.
There are many lovely memories her Wedding Day to the love of her life Hubert, a Surprise 60th Birthday party, and the talent she had making everyone look beautiful including me on my Wedding Day, just to name a few.
Your generosity ,lovely smile will be greatly missed.
Our hearts are with Gerry and his Family.
Brenda Rowland
Kay Tomlinson

Lisa DeGasperis-Caschera

Posted at 09:07pm
So sorry to hear of Maria’s passing. When we moved across the street from her I was 9 and I share the same birthday as her and she bought me my first barbie. She was a beautiful person inside and out. She also gave me my first haircut. My deepest condolences to the whole family from me Lisa my husband Frank and my mother Pia.

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