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Born: March 12th, 1919

Passed in: Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
Passed on: November 19th, 2013

Emma was born March 12, 1919 in the small village of Maser in Italy.

She is survived by her son Lori (Judy), grandchildren Devin (Lorena) and Laura, sister Rena (Nicola), sister-in-law Mary (John), brother-in-law John (Carol) and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pre-deceased by her husband Gildo, grandson Anthony, parents Giovanni and Vincenza, brothers Antonio (Mary), Erminio (Izetta), Emilio (Maria) and sisters Virginia (Giovanni) and Luigia (Carlo) as well as several dear nieces and nephews.

Emma had a long life experiencing many joys and sorrows. She left Italy on November 20, 1956 from the port of Venice embarking on the passenger liner Vulcania for a new life in Canada. She was accompanied by her mother Vincenza neither of whom spoke a word of English. They arrived in Halifax, Canada on December 04, 1956 and travelled by rail to Kamloops, B.C.

She met the love of her life and soul mate, Gildo Bianchin and they married on October 19, 1957 settling initially on the South Shore of Kamloops before building their home on the North Shore in 1962. Emma proudly became a Canadian Citizen on December 17, 1969. Emma loved the outdoors and spent three of the four seasons enjoying her time in her large vegetable and flower gardens; she also loved to fish and pick wild mushrooms and asparagus. Emma often said her Mediterranean blood was not meant for the cold winters and spent those months indoors knitting, sewing, reading, and praying for spring.

She was an over-protective mother and grandmother and looked forward to the month long summer visits from her grandchildren whom she loved and adored. Religion played a key role in her life and she was a long time member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Kamloops and a 50+ year member of the Catholic Women`s League. She continued to support il Santuario della Madonna di Catelmonte as well as il Monastero Santa Rita da Casca in Italy until the time of her passing.

Emma moved to Prince George, B.C. in 2006 after the passing of her husband Gildo. She lived with her son's family for a short period before moving into Simon Fraser Lodge in July of 2007 where she passed peacefully on November 19, 2013.

Many thanks to the care and attention of the nurses and care givers who have attended and cared for her over the years as well as her physician, Dr. Devan Reddy.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of your choice in Emma`s name.

Prayers will be recited on Friday, November 29th, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Father Fred Weisbeck and Father Peter Hoan Nguyen will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial at the Cathedral on Saturday, November 30th, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Entombment will follow at Sage Valley Mausoleum.

Condolences may be expressed at www.schoeningfuneralservice.com




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