elevated 8SOm6 MARIA MARZINOTTO January 28, 1924 – February 20, 2021
elevated 8SOm6 Peacefully on February 20, 2021 at the Wexford Residence. Predeceased by her loving husband of 62 years, Victor, in 2018. Proud mother of Rosemary (Ed), Velma (David d.2020) and Victor (Julie). She was predeceased by her parents Peter and Katharina Hillar and brothers Edward and Peter. Cherished sister of Christopher Hillar. Loving tante and zia and great aunt to many nieces and nephews in Canada and Italy.
elevated 8SOm6 Our Mom was born in the former Yugoslavia and was displaced at a young age by war to Germany and Austria. In 1948, she arrived at Pier 21 in Halifax with her parents and two younger brothers. With hard work, the family was able to purchase a house, make it a home and put down roots. By 1960, Mom was married and had three small children. She enjoyed raising her family and tending her garden on the ‘farm’ in Unionville.
elevated 8SOm6 Mom could fluently read, write and speak many languages: German, Serbian, English and Italian. This great talent brought all the relatives, friends and neighbours together many times as she became the interpreter of lively conversations. There was always room at the table for all. She became an excellent cook and baker and we enjoyed the delicious cuisines of German, Italian and Canadian cultures. She also had an incredible green thumb and all her plants continuously flourished. But most of all, she was always a loving mom who raised three strong, independent children. She was also a kind, gentle and loyal friend, especially to her beloved friend, Margit, for more than 60 years.
elevated 8SOm6 We wish to extend our heartfelt thanks to the doctors, nurses, caregivers and staff at the Wexford Residence for their unfailing support and excellent care of our mom.
elevated 8SOm6 In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Wexford Residence or the charity of your choice.
elevated 8SOm6 Family and friends are invited to view the Funeral Mass on Saturday February 27, 2021 at 10:30 am. Please Click the link below to view.
Dearest Rose,Velma and Vic, We would like to express our deepest condolences for the loss of your dear mother (my loving godmother)whom we all cherished so much. She was such a strong force for your family and also a very important part of our family’s lives for many years. Really hard to think that Santolo and Santola are both gone now. Life seems to change our lives in so many ways good and bad and you never know what’s around the corner. From my family to yours (including my Mom)we would like to express our condolences and please know that we are thinking of you at this time and always. Love Susan Alan Sarah Shaun Ranco and Mary Moretto.
Dear Marzinotto/ Hillar Families,
We were saddened to hear of the passing of Mary. She was such a kind and loving lady. She was a great conversationalist at parties, had a good sense of humour and always had the biggest smile.
She will be greatly missed! Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very sad time.
Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am the thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glint in the snow.
I am the sunlight on the ripened grain.
I am the autumn’s gentle rain.
When you awaken in the morning hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush.
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there,
I did not die.
My condolences to Rosemary Velma and Vic for the loss of your mother my taunte Mary both Dick and i are thinking of you
To: Rosemary, Velma, Vic.
So sorry to hear about your mom, she was such a nice lady to me and my family. Our deepest condolences.
Dear Rose, Velma, Vic and families. It is with so much sadness to hear of your great loss. Your dear mother was such a wonderful lady. I was privileged to have known her and your dear father. I had such respect for them both. They were both inspiring to me. On a couple of occasions your mother told me stories of her past that were truly inspiring and made me understand her better. She was a loving, caring person. Our love, prayers and thoughts are with you all at this time. May God have mercy.
Dear Rosemary, Velma, Vic and families. We were so sad to hear of Maria’s passing. Our heartfelt condolences to you all. You are all in our thoughts and prayers,
Antonietta, Andrew, Anthony and Adam Vigliatore
Val and Family
So sorry for your loss ,my thoughts are with you all at this very sad time
Dear Rosemary, Velma, Victor and families, we are saddened to hear of your mother’s passing. She is fondly remembered as a kind and gentle woman whose family meant the world to her. Cherish your memories. With affection, Velma Liut and Kelly Jackson.
Dear Marzinotto/ Hillar Families
I am sorry to hear of Maria’s death. When my family arrived in Canada in the spring of 1951, sponsored by my dad’s Uncle Hillar, mom, dad and I stayed with the Hillar family for about a year or so. I remember Mitzi, as we called her then, as a young woman. She arranged for me, then 8 years old, to attend the factory Christmas party where she worked. It was a special treat for me as an immigrant child to receive my first Christmas gift at the party.
Just recently, in going through my mom’s belongings, I came across the original, lovely wedding photo of Mitzi and Victor. Over the years, living in our home in Toronto, not that far from the Hillar and the Marzinotto families, we had various occasions when our families interacted. In more recent years, mom and Mitzi would talk over the telephone, especially after dad died in 2006, when they were living in their apartment in Barrie. This contact with her cousin Mitzi was especially welcome as Mom lived alone for over 12 years.
It is sad to recount these events and realize how so many years have gone by from those early days. I hope that those in the two families still with us can take solace in the memories of their loved one who has played an important role in their lives.
Erich Haber and sister Mary Tozzi
Dear Velma, Rosemary, and Vic
I am sorry for your loss but your mom, my Tante Mary is finally at peace now.
I will always remember her wonderful smile and that glint in her eyes when she would pull me in for a hug.
Dear Rosemary, Velma, Victor and families,
We were saddened to hear of the loss of your Mom, more so that we are unable to pay our respects in person to such a kind and remarkable lady. She certainly lived a good and long life. I remember fondly as children, our visits both at your home and ours, always grateful that English would be spoken which was not always the case among our father’s Italian cousins. Though many years have passed, I still remember the sound of your mothers voice and her ever present kind smile. I recall too that she and my mother seemed to share a special bond and friendship. Our heartfelt condolences to you all.
We are so sorry for your loss. I remember Mary as the matriarch of your family. Wherever she was sitting, she would draw a crowd as she was an empathetic listener and always had a story to share which she would tell with humour. Such a warm, kind hearted lady in every sense of the word. I liken her passing as one of sadness for your family, but as one big celebration of happiness and reunion with loved ones who have passed on before.
I am standing upon the seashore, a ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean.
She is an object of beauty and strength. I stand watching her till at last she fades on the horizon and someone at my side says: “She is gone.”
Gone from my sight that is all. She is just as large in mast, hull and spar as she was when she left my side,
And she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to its destined port.
Her diminished size is in me, not in her,
And at the moment when someone at my side says,
“There, she is gone,” there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout:
“There she comes!”
And that is dying
Velma, Rosemary and .victor
My deepest sympathies in the loss of your MomShe was such a kind, hardworking beautiful lady. May you find solace in so many happy memories enjoyed with her and yours
Dad. Sending hugs and prayers.
Dear Velma and family,
We are saddened to hear about the passing of your beloved mother.
Our deepest sympathies to all of you. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
A beautiful service for a beautiful lady.
What a beautiful celebratory mass this morning! Your mom sounds like an amazing lady. Sending healing energy and spiritual joy.
It is with profound sadness, that I offer my condolences to this wonderful Aunt whose wise words and ways will always remain with me. She looked after me on many weekends when I was very young at the farm in Unionville and at home in North York. The memories of those special times together live on. May God bless your soul Aunt Mary and may you rest in heavenly peace.