elevated IwyrI September 5, 1976 – November 25, 2019
elevated IwyrI Visitation
Thursday, November 28, 2019 from 4:00– 8:00 p.m.
elevated IwyrI Holy Cross Catholic Funeral Home
211 Langstaff Road East, Thornhill, ON, L3T 3Z6
elevated IwyrI Funeral Mass
Friday, November, 29, 2019 at 10:45 a.m.
elevated IwyrI Chapel of St. Joseph- Holy Cross Catholic Funeral Home
elevated IwyrI Entombment
elevated IwyrI Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery
elevated IwyrI Obituary
elevated IwyrI Stea, Maria Rosa
elevated IwyrI Peacefully passed away on November 25, 2019 surrounded by her loving family at the age of 43. Adored daughter to Gino and Maria, loving sister to Gianni (Stacey). Maria will be lovingly remembered and fondly missed by her soul mate Joe, her aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.
This is such sad news.
Maria was a wonderful addition to the faculty and I enjoyed working with her – alas, it was for way too short a time.
My sympathy to Maria’s family and friends. I enjoyed working with Maria at the ROM, and have good memories of her warmth, kindness and sense of fun.
I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of Maria.
She was my supervisor at the Royal Ontario Museum for several years and I always appreciated her energy and charisma.
My sincere condolences to her family and loved ones.
Gone too soon Maria! You were such a breath of fresh air in the Office of the Dean. We will miss you; May Your soul rest In Peace.
Maria was a wonderful soul, full of sunshine, and I feel privileged to have worked with her and socialized with her during the short time we were together at York. She will be sorely missed!
Dear Maria, Gino, Johnny and Stacey,
We are thinking of you during this difficult time and we are sending healing prayers and comforting hugs.
Geoff, Pat and Chantal Wall
When we were all together at the Royal Ontario Museum, Maria was like a breath of fresh air. Beyond being professional, she was smart, insightful, joyful, humorous…and a good storyteller. Her breadth of knowledge in so many areas always surprised us. Her ability to understand complicated situations and propose solutions was uncanny. We will deeply miss our dear friend.
Our thoughts and prayers are with her. She was a very special person and good friend to all of us at the ROM
Dear Gino, Maria, Johnny & Stacey,
We are deeply saddened by the loss of your beautiful Mary. Her wonderful light and adventure will continue to live on through all of you and those who loved her. Love & light sent to you all and may your treasured memories of her carry you through this difficult time.
We are so sad here at the AGO. Maria was such a lovely person to work with and as a friend. She will be deeply missed.
Words cannot fully express the deep sadness that is felt by the passing of ‘little Maria’. I am so honoured to have shared a small part of your young life. I will always remember you with deep affection. Rest in peace dear one.
My deepest sympathies to the family of Maria. I knew Maria through her friends Daniela/Nadia/ Berardo/and Cynthia. I was very saddened to hear the news of Maria’s passing. I will always remember Maria as beautiful vibrant girl full of life with a smile that could light up the room! She was always full of laughter as well. I will miss her dearly. My condolences.
I am deeply saddened by the loss of my beautiful cousin. She was a wonderful person who brought joy to many lives. She will be truly missed by our family. Until we meet again.
Maria was not a person you could forget.Working with her at the ROM was such a joy. Her sensitivity, energy and joie de vivre was infectious. Condolences to friends and loved ones. Such a great loss.
Cannot even imagine this loss… my deepest condolences to Joe Stea and Family. Thinking and praying for you all.
My deepest sympathies to the Stea family. I met Maria while working at Humber and we remained good friends over the years. I am devastated at this loss but so lucky to have spent many afternoons and evenings with her (usually over a great meal as she always knew all the best foodie spots in the city!). She was an incredible story teller, wise beyond her years, always selfless and her infectious laugh always light up the room. Until we meet again Maria xo
I was lucky to have had Maria as my supervisor at the Royal Ontario Museum. She was a lovely, kind and supportive being who was well thought of and liked.
She was a friend to me as well, and I am grateful for the time we had together. She will be deeply missed. My heartfelt condolences to her loved ones. Safe journey, Maria.
From Maria’s School Visits colleagues at the ROM, our heartfelt sympathies and condolences at this time of such loss. We were very fortunate to have worked with Maria and have always felt that no one measured up to her. She was a good, kind and hardworking Manager and colleague; and she always championed for the team. By the end of her time at the ROM we felt we were losing a friend. We miss her a lot.
My deepest condolences to Maria’s family at this most difficult time. Maria was a wonderful colleague and friend. I will always remember her for her joyous laughter, her vibrant energy and most of all her love of friends and family. I will miss her dearly.
I am so sorry for your loss. Condolences to you and your family. May Maria rest in peace.
Gino and Family
I am so sad to hear about the passing of your daughter.
My thoughts are with you at this difficult time. May your memories help you through this sadness
Maria, a beacon of light and joy. You have made an impact and legacy at Centennial College with your vision and hard work.
I used to look forward to coming to work every day, share updates on fashion, travels to Italy, food, politics, art, music……I still had to introduce you to opera. You left too soon, too fast!
Sharing your family’s pain but, you are now at peace and a better place. Ciao la bella Maria!
Dear Gino & Maria, I am so sorry for the loss of your daughter Mary. May she rest in peace. I will keep you both and your family in my prayers during this difficult time.
Maria brought a wealth of admirable qualities with her in whatever setting she was in, from her clever incisiveness and quick wit, to her infectious humor to her thoughtful kindness. She would invariably add a helpful insight to improve a situation, without it seeming forced and could break the tension in a room by flashing that bright smile of hers, especially the one with just a hint of conspiratorial mischief. Greatly competent and diligent, working with Maria was a true privilege. Her presence was felt in the world and she made a difference to those around her. I’m greatly saddened by her passing and my deepest sympathies go out to her family and loved ones.
My deepest condolences.
When Tomorrow Starts Without Me
When tomorrow starts without me and I am not there to see,
If the sun should rise and find your eyes are filled with tears for me.
I wish so much you wouldn’t cry the way you did today,
While thinking of the many things we didn’t get to say.
I know how much you love me, as much as I love you,
And each time you think of me and I’ll know you miss me too.
But when tomorrow starts without me, please try to understand,
That an angel came and called my name and took me by the hand.
And said my place was ready in heaven above,
And that I’d have to leave all those I dearly love.
But as I turned to walk away, a tear fell from my eye,
For all my life I always thought I didn’t want to die.
I had so much to live for and so much to do,
It almost seemed impossible that I was leaving you.
I thought of all the yesterdays I thought for just a while,
I’d say goodbye and kiss you and maybe see you smile.
But then I fully realized that this could never be,
For emptiness and memories would take place of me.
But when I walked through heaven’s gates I felt so much at home,
When God looked down and smiled at me, from his golden throne.
So when tomorrow starts without me, don’t think we are far apart,
For every time you think of me, I’m right here in your heart.
Maria , the sweetest lady of our team, she and I shared some difficult times and made it through by supporting each other. Smart, funny and thoughtful, her leaving so soon is just unfair.
To her family the poem “When Tomorrow Stars Without me” touched my heart when I lost my sister 10 years ago. Hope it does the same to you.
May you rest in peace my friend.
Maria was a delight to work with — so warm and engaging. Maria was the best sort of person. Sending condolences, hugs, and deepest sympathy.
I am deeply saddened by the passing of Maria. She was an amazing person, very professional and full of enthusiasm for everything she did. She will be greatly missed. My heartfelt condolences to her family.
Deepest condolences to Maria’s family. Such a dear person and we will miss her a lot at York University. I was touched to see our flag at half-mast in Maria’s honour when I returned from the funeral to York today. God bless you all.
My sincere condolences to her loved ones. Very sad to hear of Maria’s passing today at work. She was just lovely. I am glad to have met her at the ROM. I was happy to learn of her work to support astronomy at York. She gave back. Stardust to stardust.
When I first began working at the ROM, Maria was there, as well. I remember once, when I encountered a particularly challenging situation, Maria, in her supervisory capacity, proved exceptionally supportive. I’ve never forgotten how helpful she was.
Reading through these many tributes are testament to Maria’s very special legacy.
To Maria’s family,
A donation has been made to the Canadian Cancer Society in Maria’s name by her colleagues in the Learning Department at the Royal Ontario Museum. We were all so lucky to have known her. Our deepest condolences.