In the comfort of her own home and with her family by her side, Joanne passed away on Friday, January 22, 2016, at 89 years of age. Dear daughter of Vittoria (nee Dolfo) and Sergio Mariuz. She was born in Orcenico Superiore, Pordenone, Italy. Joanne joins her beloved husband Aldo who passed away too early (1981). Beloved mother of Edward (Tracey), Roy, Gary (Carol) and Lora (Dean) Scimmi. Loving grandmother of Jason, Mark, Matthew, Michael, Max, Christopher (Marisa), Nicholas (Sarah), Gregory (Danielle), Desmond (Daniella), Larissa (Owein), and Nathaniel. Precious great-grandmother to Ethan, Pascal, Kael, and Kerin. Cherished sister of Ivan (Alice) Mariuz and Dino (Gabriella) Mariuz. Cherished sister-in-law of Lucia Betteto, Nilo Franzon, Elsa Macoritto, and Maria (Romano) Cestaro. Special aunt to numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her sister Bruna Franzon and Marisa Mariuz of Italy. Joanne and Aldo came to Canada from Italy to build a better life in 1951. She led a simple life but always handled herself with grace and pride. Material things meant little to her. Even during her illness she did her best each and every day. She had concern for others and always said please and thank you. Selfless to a fault, she would often disregard her own wants and needs to focus on her family. She was the anchor of the family. Sunday night dinner at “Nonna’s Kitchen” was her favourite time, and continued to be until she was no longer able. No one makes risotto like Nonna. She will be missed by many, and never forgotten for her kind nature and sense of humour. Thank you to mom’s caregivers; Afie, Marie, Tracy, and Christine. All our appreciation to gli Zii for their support. A special thank you goes out to Sheila Thompson who selflessly gave so much of her free time to support Joanne and our family. Sheila was the enabler who allowed Joanne to spend her last years at home where she dearly wanted to be, constantly surrounded by family and friends. More than that Sheila in many ways became Joanne’s best friend. Family and friends will be received on Wednesday, January, 27, 2016, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. with the Rosary being said at 3:00 p.m., and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. with prayers being offered at 8:30 p.m. at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, ON. A mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 28, 2016, at Paroisse St. Thomas D’Aquin, 895 Champlain Rd., Sarnia, ON. In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed through donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice, St. Vincent de Paul, or to the Inn of the Good Shepherd (cheques only at the funeral home please).
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