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FASANELLO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-22 published
FASANELLO, Concetta "Connie" Immaculata (née TRAVOLO)
Mother, great-great-grandmother, friend, neighbour. Born December 8, 1897 in Italy. Died January 7 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, of natural causes, aged 109.
By Greta DELONGH, Page L6
Connie FASANELLO was born on a Catholic feast day and died on one: The parade of the Madonna, marking the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, passed by her home in southern Italy as she was born, and hence her full name, Concetta Immaculata TRAVOLO. She died on the Feast of the Epiphany more than a century later.
In the early 1900s, 17-year-old Connie followed most of her seven older siblings to Canada. She lived for a short time in Sherbrooke, Quebec, with her brother Louis, who arranged her marriage to Matteo FASANELLO.
The couple moved to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and Connie gave birth to five children before her 24th birthday - John, Mary, Joseph, Ezio and Irene - and about a decade later had Howard, then Loretta.
Even during the Depression, Connie brought food to neighbours in need. Her home was like a big restaurant, recalled one family friend. She was fun to be around, a happy, laughing woman who loved to dance, sing and slip a little brandy into her coffee.
Matteo died in 1972, and the couple's apartment was torn down during urban renewal in the 1970s, so Connie moved into a small seniors' apartment nearby. Her door was literally always open, until the fire marshal finally insisted she keep it closed. Still, she'd offer visitors all they could eat and pouted if they said no.
In gratitude, about 45 of her "boys" - her sons and their Friends - held a Mother's Day banquet in 1980 for "Mama Connie" (a name she chose when she became a young grandmother).
She didn't spend all her time in the kitchen; she travelled to the West Coast, the United States and Southern Ontario to visit family.
Life was not without its challenges. She cared for two of her sons in her home when they were dying from cancer, and in the end survived five of her children. Several years ago she landed in the hospital, seriously ill with painful pancreatitis. She was released several months later, but remained bedridden and lived her final years in Loretta's home.
She had always refused to reveal her age - "Thirty-nine," she'd say - and no one else dared utter it. But eventually family and Friends wanted to celebrate her longevity, so a birthday "come-and-go" became a much-anticipated annual event.
Before her last party, just a month before her death, a friend arranged for letters of congratulation from the Pope, the Queen, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and other politicians. Her guests sang as she blew out the candles on her cake. Just two candles: a three and a nine.
Greta DELONGH is one of Connie's 21 grandchildren.

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FASKIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-04 published
STOCKER, Marion Elaine (née BLACHFORD)
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Marion E. STOCKER, in her 91st year, of Fredericton, on July 29, 2007 at the Doctor Everett Chalmers Hospital. Born in Toronto, Ontario, she was a daughter of the late Arthur and Sarah (GRIFFITHS) BLACHFORD and wife of the late George C. STOCKER.
Marion was employed with the Devon Park Co-Op where she worked as a salesclerk for over twenty years until her retirement. She was a very active volunteer at York Manor Nursing Home.
Survived by her sons Paul of Edmonton, Rick (Marg) of Fredericton, Jim (Marsha) of Harrison, New York, Grant of Halifax; sister Eleanor FASKIN (William) of Brockville; 4 grandchildren Brent STOCKER (Morgane), Brian STOCKER (Nina), Sarah STOCKER and Drew STOCKER; great-grand_son Eric STOCKER; several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents, husband, brother Arthur (Durham), sister Elizabeth (Betty).
An informal gathering was held on Wednesday, August 1, 2007 to receive family and Friends at Bishop's Funeral Home, 540 Woodstock Rd., Fredericton, New Brunswick, from 4-8 p.m. A private family memorial will take place at a later date. Interment will be at Parklawn Cemetery. For those who wish, memorials may be made to the York Manor Nursing Home, Canadian National Institute for the Blind or charity of the donor's choice.
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FAST o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-11-15 published
AMY, Rev. Bruce Robert
Peacefully at Gateway Haven in Wiarton Tuesday evening November 13, 2007. Rev. Bruce AMY of Sauble Beach formerly of Toronto in his 88th year. Beloved husband of M. Eleanor (nee) BOETTGER. Loved father of Glen of New Dundee, Carolyn FAST of Brampton, James and his wife Meriam of Stouffville and Peggy and her husband Wade WIGGINS of Elliott Lake. Lovingly remembered by his eight grandchildren; Christine (Brian) McGILLIS, Michael, Ryan, Richard, Kaitlyn, David, Daniel, Darren and one great-grandchild; Dermot. Also survived by five brothers and 2 sisters. Predeceased by two brothers and one sister. Friends may call at the Downs and son Funeral Home Hepworth Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Service will be conducted from the Hepworth Baptist Church Saturday afternoon at 1: 00 p.m. Interment Zion Cemetery. Expressions of remembrance to The Gideons, New Life Camp or Hepworth Baptist Church would be appreciated. Messages of condolence for the family are welcome at www.downsandsonfuneralhome.com. A tree will be planted in the Memorial Forest of the Grey Sauble Conservation Foundation in memory of Bruce by the Downs and son Funeral Home.

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