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GIOVANNETTI, CATHERINE C. - Catherine C. Giovannetti (McLaughlin), age 90, died Sunday, December 21, 2008 at The Madison Care Centre in Coquitlam, BC. She was born June 27, 1918, in Pictou, NS to the late Joseph and Mary Ethel (Gray) McLaughlin. In 1947 she married Louis E. Giovannetti in Pictou, NS. Catherine "Joe" obtained her Master's degree from the Maritime School of Social Work (Dalhousie University) in 1946, where she later attended her 50th class reunion. While Catherine was a social worker, she had a positive impact on countless families and touched many lives. Catherine worked 2 years for the Catholic Adoption Agency in Saint John and an additional 16 years for the Province of New Brunswick. At one point in her career she was head of the Foster Parents Association helping to place children in foster care and providing ongoing support and training for foster parents. Catherine and Louis raised their family in Saint John, NB. Her intellect and love of learning was an inspiration to her children. She and Louis retired to Victoria, BC in 1987. Following Lou's death in 1995, Catherine lived in Halifax, NS until 2007. Catherine is survived by her six children, Dr. Brian Giovannetti of Vancouver, BC, Dana Giovannetti, Q.C. (Pam McKinnon) of Halifax, NS, Lynn MacKenzie (Sandy) of Halifax, NS, Geralyn Giovannetti (Michael McCawley) of Orem, UT, Dr. Mark Giovannetti (Holly) of Key Biscayne, FL, Gray Giovannetti of Port Moody, BC and 10 grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers, Vincent "Bunny" McLaughlin of Pictou, NS and William McLaughlin of Pictou, NS and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband of 47 years, Louis E. Giovannetti and her sister, Zita Marcella McLaughlin. We wish to thank The Berkeley in Halifax, The Dufferin and The Madison in Coquitlam for their caring support. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at Saint Clare of Assisi Parish, 1320 Johnson Street, Coquitlam, B.C., on Saturday, December 27 at 2 pm. Interment will be at the Coquitlam Cemetery. Donations may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society.




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