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Maria Vincenza Locacciato

Maria Vincenza Locacciato

Friday, April 18th, 1941 - Tuesday, April 7th, 2020
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Obituary

Maria Vincenza Locacciato

April 18th 1941-April 7th 2020

It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our beloved mother, Maria Vincenza Locacciato. Devoted wife of Raffaele of 53 years, caring mother to son Vincenzo(Maria), daughter Stella(Domenic), Maria Rosaria(Mario), and cherished nonna to her grandchildren, Daniel, Christopher, Madeline, Felina, Rose, Matteo and Marissa and the eldest sibling to her loving sisters, Biagina, Gerardina, Brunina and Francesca.

Our mother’s journey was one of strength and faith. Rooted in the love of her family, she was the protective pillar on whom we could all rely. This same care she extended to everyone she encountered, whether it was through her generous sense of hospitality, her lending of a compassionate ear or an offer of comforting words. Her kind spirit was felt by all who knew her. She was a caregiver by nature but, in recent years, she required the care of others. Yet, where her health failed, her faith strengthened.

We are saddened but we are also uplifted in this Holy Week of the Easter Story that teaches there is hope amidst darkness. We’ve lost our mother but we’ve gained a guardian angel and her protective spirit carries on.

In the words of Saint Timothy: “You have fought the good fight, you have finished the race, you have kept the faith”. Cara moglie, mamma, sorella e nonna, che sia il momento tuo per l'eterno riposo ela pace infine. Amen.

In light of the current state of the city, we will be having a private service to protect the collective safety of our family, friends and community. We would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to all of you who have shown us heartfelt support during this difficult time. We welcome the day when we can express this gratitude with no distance between us.
We appreciate your love and support at this time, and we welcome your message of condolence in our memory wall above.
In lieu of flowers, donations in our mother’s memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

The Locacciato Family
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Nicola Kurup

Posted at 12:34pm
Dear Mr. Locacciato, Enzo, Stella, Maria and families,
I am so saddened by the news of the passing of Mrs. Locacciato. I have so many wonderful memories of spending time in your home whether it was watching a movie, working on a project or sitting down to a meal with your family. Your mom was always so warm and generous and the hospitality she showed always made me feel welcome.

Even when I visited her in recent years, her selflessness shone through. Always hospitable, she put aside her own challenges to ask me about how my family was doing; not just Mike and the kids but my mom, brother, aunts, uncles, cousin...all whom she had gotten to know over our amazing 30+ year friendship. She remembered them all!

God gave her a tremendous cross to carry, one no one should have to bear, but she carried it with great strength, courage and faith. She has now been rewarded with eternal life. Her soul is at peace.

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.

Love Nicola and family

D

Domenic

Posted at 05:30pm
The symbolism of the fact that Maria passed from this world during the holiest of weeks is not lost on us – a week in which we collectively move from our grief over the Passion of our Lord toward the exultation of the Resurrection: The source of all our hope! Once again, we get a glimpse of Maria’s deep faith as we sense her longing to reassure and comfort us about the certainty of her resurrection as well as Christ’s.
Our faith teaches us that our suffering has meaning, that it is redemptive. Christ did not suffer to spare us from our own suffering; no! – He suffered to be an example of suffering for us and as such He is the perfect exemplar. And it was His acceptance of and submission to His own suffering that He wants us to learn; indeed, it is precisely our own human acceptance of suffering that is redemptive.
Maria understood this. Not in a theoretical or intellectual way but in a deeply personal way that sprang from the core of her heart and spirit. This was a knowing and understanding that transcended language and the ordinary boundaries of experience. Invariably, Maria put aside her own condition and instead focused on the needs of others. I was with her during a freezing rain advisory when I expressed concern for the safety of elderly drivers on the road. She told me that she prays not only the elderly but for all drivers as well – that they might return safely to their families.
The times when we spoke of her own family was when Maria was most energized and happy. The mere mention of her grandchildren always brought a light into her eyes and a smile to her face. She recalled Sundays when she would attend the early Mass and upon returning home, begin preparing lunch for the rest of the family who attended a later Mass. These were the most vivid and fondest memories she carried: surrounded by her family and caring for them in every way, especially in the most important way – feeding them, sustaining them in love.
Maria’s life is a gift to all of us from the Creator and we are grateful to God for her presence among us. St. John assures us that:
“In my Father’s house there are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also.
And so, Maria’s work on this Earth is complete and she finds herself in a place where tears have been wiped away, where suffering is no more; a place of Love, united forever with God in His Holy Presence – united, not in a series of successive moments stretching on to infinity but in a single moment which transcends the bounds of time.
Pace and eternal rest Maria.

Domenic Di Giacomo and Franca Gallucci
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