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With broken hearts the family of Luigi DiRenzo advise of his passing on August 21, 2015. Affectionately known as Papa Louie he was born in Celano, Italy on July 13, 1932. He longed for a better life for himself and immigrated to Canada in 1956. He wed his long-time sweetheart Silvia in 1957 and together they went on to raise six children. Papa Louie was proud of his family and fought his cancer hard to stay and continue to care for us all. A hard worker, he was involved as an equipment operator on the Rogers Pass project and the Trans Canada Highway and finally working for over 30 years at Calona Wines as a filter operator. Alongside Silvia he will be mourned by his children Lina (Domenic), Mary (Warren), Nick(Jennifer) ,Anette (Jim), Anna, Patricia ( Kevin). He was blessed to have known his grandchildren Lennie, Michael, Chris, Cynthia, Nolan, Elias, Nicole, Devin, Brandon, Emily, Gracie, Alyssa ,Christian, Mattia and Tanner and great grandchildren Jonah, Jayde, Austin, Mackenzie, Jack, Giabella, McClean and Quinn. Many thanks to Emilio and Dora Vicaretti and family for all of their support, as well as Dr. Lange, Dr. Wiesenthal and especially to the staff at Hospice House who took great care of dad during his last days.


Prayers will be held on Thursday, August 27th, at 7:00 pm followed by a Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, August 28th, 2015 at 10:30 am at Immaculate Conception Church located at 839 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna, BC. Interment to follow at Lakeview Memorial Gardens Cemetery at 2850 Dry Valley Road. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Central Okanagan Hospice House, 2035 Ethel Street, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 2Z6. If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”

Prayer Service
Thursday, August 27th, at 7:00 pm

Friday, August 28th, 2015 at 10:30 am

Immaculate Conception Church

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The prayer service for DIRENZO, Luigi is scheduled for Thursday, August 27th, at 7:00 pm at located at 839 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna, BC.

The service for DIRENZO, Luigi is scheduled for Friday, August 28th, 2015 at 10:30 am . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Immaculate Conception Church

839 Sutherland Ave., Kelowna, BC


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  • Liane McKellar says:

    Dearest Silvia:
    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. You are in my thoughts and prayers to help you through this difficult time.

    Liane (Dr. Hoonjan’s office)

  • Bev&Ernie Libech says:

    We only met Papa Louie a few times, such a warm man with a big smile. So sad for your family In this time of loss.Your in our prayers Bev & Ernie Libech

  • David Burgin says:

    Silva and family, My heartfelt condolences to you. May the God of all Comfort, comfort your hearts today and in the days ahead. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    David and Dean Burgin

  • David Ikesaka says:

    So sorry to here of Luigis passing. I worked with him for many years at Calona Wines. I enjoyed our talks.

  • Jane & Don Rampone says:

    Our prayers are with your families. Peace and Hope for the coming days with Moma Silvia and all your families.

  • Zeno e Sandra Cescon says:

    Cara Silvia e la famiglia. Siamo dispiace sentir parlare di Luigi. Andando punta un po ‘colpo di grappa stasera per un uomo buono e una vita ben vissuta.

    Egli sarà sempre vivo nei vostri cuori. Le parole non possono esprimere il nostro modo di sentire per voi. Che Dio vi benedica.

  • Theresa Prah says:

    Silvia and family – Our deepest sympathy for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    – Theresa Prah and Family (Neighbour)

  • Rolf Weintz says:

    I also worked at the winery with Luigi. My electrical shop was just around the corner from his filter station. He was funny, wise, and above all, a great family man.

  • Linda and Dennis says:

    Silvia,Mary,Warren,Anna,Patricia,Lina,Annette, We were sorry to hear of Luigi”s passing, Our hearts go out to you and your families at this difficult time of grieving for your loved one. Take comfort that for Luigi the pain and suffering is at an end! Luigi is in the hands of God, in a far better place. I know you will find comfort in prayer and each other at this heart breaking time! Please contact us if there is anything we can do to make this time easier in any way. Linda and Dennis Materi.

  • Kris and Greg says:

    Anna and family – our deepest condolences on the loss of your beloved father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Todd Spicer says:

    We are so sad to hear of your loss. I will always remember going over to the Direnzo house and chasing Luis’ chickens. Also Nick sneaking us his dad’s home made wine which I have to say, was too strong for me.
    All our love,
    Todd, Annette, Marlee, Munro

  • Clayton Bouchard says:

    Sorry for your loss, Pat and Anna.

    Your old buddy Clayton.

  • Kimberlee Petretta says:

    Silvia and Family,
    I am truly saddened and sorry for your huge loss!
    My heartfelt and deepest sympathies go out to all of you!
    May you find the strength and comfort in one another to help you through this very sad and difficult time…
    Rest in Peace Luigi
    Big hugs to all!
    Kimberlee Petretta

  • Lorraine Zaryski née Bossio says:

    I am truly saddened by your great Loss of your Dad , Lina and Domenic and our condolence to you both and your Mom and sisters and brother. Although it’s been awhile I have seen your parents I always will remember your Dad’s sense of humor and infectious smile. May you find Comfort knowing he is no longer suffering . I know he will be up there in the heavens being reunited with our Mom again. Cherish the many memories. So sorry I couldn’t make it to the funeral and prayers but our thoughts are with you. RIP Papa Louie

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