March 30, 1970 – February 15, 2023

Friday February 24, 2023 from 2pm to 4pm & 6pm to 8pm

Holy Cross Catholic Funeral Home
211 Langstaff Road East, Thornhill, ON, L3T 3Z6

Funeral Mass – Chapel of St. Joseph (within the Funeral Home)
Saturday February 25, 2023 at 10:30am

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Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery 
8361 Yonge Street, Thornhill, ON, L3T 2C7


Maria was a strong, resilient, and courageous fighter till the end. She peacefully passed away on February 15, 2023 with family by her side. She leaves behind her loving parents Margherita and Giovanni, her sisters Pina (Dan Stirling), and Roberta, her cherished niece Victoria (Anthony), nephew Jason (Sian) and the joy of her life, her great niece Emilia. 

Maria will be incredibly missed by her many, many friends and family. 

In lieu of flowers, Maria asked that donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society in her honour. 


The Dash by Linda Ellis


I read of a man who stood to speak

At the funeral of a friend

He referred to the dates on the tombstone

From the beginning…to the end


He noted that first came the date of birth And spoke the following date with tears, 

But he said what mattered most of all 

Was the dash between those years


For that dash represents all the time

That they spent alive on earth.

And now only those who loved them

Know what that little line is worth


For it matters not, how much we own,

The cars… the house…the cash.

What matters is how we live and love

And how we spend our dash.


So, think about this long and hard.

Are there things you’d like to change?

For you never know how much time is left

That can still be rearranged.


If we could just slow down enough 

To consider what’s true and real

And always try to understand

The way other people feel.


And be less quick to anger 

And show appreciation more

And love the people in our lives

Like we’ve never loved before.


If we treat each other with respect

And more often wear a smile, 

Remembering this special dash

Might only last a little while


So, when your eulogy is being read

With your life’s actions to rehash…

Would you be proud of the things they say

About how you spent YOUR dash?


Maria used her dash to the fullest to live, love, laugh with family and friends.  She will be missed but never forgotten.