BENFORTE Giovanna – In the loving arms of her devoted husband Pietro at Shaver Hospital in St. Catharines on April 18, 2013 at the age of 78. Giovanna will be missed by sisters-in-law Margherita and Maria Palermo, brother Pietro ( Lina ) Palermo, brothers-in-law Giuseppe (Elisabetta) Benforte and Vito (Anna) Benforte and many, many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents Pietro and Maria Palermo and parents-in-law Giuseppe and Giuseppina Benforte, brothers Rocco (Calogera) Palermo, Antonio (Pietrina) Palermo, Antonio Palermo, Giuseppe Palermo, sisters Giuseppina (Francesco) DiGirolamo, Maria (Antonio) Manfre, Francesca (Mimmio) Cangelosi and nephews Pasquale DiGirolamo and Gino Palermo.
Born in Gibellina, Sicily, Giovanna came to Canada in 1958, married her beloved husband Pietro in 1960 and moved to Niagara Falls in 1966. The youngest of nine siblings she loved having her family around her and frequently hosted events at her home. Giovanna enjoyed the presence of her nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, treating each like her own children. Giovanna’s passion was cooking and over the years she fed her family and friends with love and affection. Anyone who visited her home would not be able to leave without a care package of more food and more desserts. Giovanna was involved in Club Italia Women’s Auxiliary and for numerous years helped in organizing the St. Joseph’s Table.
Giovanna is at the Morse & Son Funeral Home 5917 Main Street. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 6-9 p.m. and Sunday from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. The vigil for Giovanna will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday at St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church, 5740 Buchanan Ave at 9: 30 a.m. Rite of Committal with Entombment at Fairview Mausoleum. Memorial donations to Hotel Dieu Shaver Hospital would be gratefully appreciated by the family.