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VIOLA, Maria Rosina

October 1, 1924 — March 10, 2017

Maria Rosina Viola (Rosa) passed away peacefully in her sleep surrounded by her family on March 10, 2017 at Village at Mill Creek in Kelowna, BC at the age of 92. She was born on October 1, 1924 in San Martino, Cosenza, Italy.


Rosa will be remembered most for her kindness, strength, patience and resiliency. She is survived by her husband, Vittorio (Victor), daughters Pamela Wilma Viola, Elina Viola, Susanna (Sue) Viola-Reczka and her son Antonio (Tony) Viola, her granddaughters Angela Viola, Alicia Gerber, Julia Viola, Nicole Schlemm, Cecilia Schlemm, Stephanie Reczka and Anne Reczka and great grandchildren Coen Viola-Schooten, Adalyn Gerber, Simon Viola-Schooten, Cole Gerber, and Max Reynen.


Rosa came to a new country, and together with Victor made a life for her family and raised four wonderful children. She lived to spend time with her family. Rosa showed her love with food and loved to gather everyone around the dinner table to enjoy the feast she had so lovingly prepared. Canning, pickling and making homemade jams with the fruits and vegetables from the garden was a favorite pastime. She enjoyed sitting in the warmth of the sun. while shelling peas, pitting cherries or trimming beans.


Her granddaughters are grateful to her for teaching them how to love, work hard, and care for their own families. They will miss hearing Nonna share the stories and memories of her childhood in Italy.


Funeral and Prayer Services will be held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 839 Sutherland Ave Kelowna, BC. Prayer service will be on Wednesday, March 15 at 7 p.m., Funeral on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 11 a.m.


The family would like to thank the staff at Village at Mill Creek for their kind and considerate care of Rosa during her years of living there.


In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to the Alzheimer Society of BC, www.alzheimer.ca. 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
Wednesday, March 15 at 7 p.m.

Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 11 a.m.

Immaculate Conception Church

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Service Details

The prayer service for VIOLA, Maria Rosina is scheduled for Wednesday, March 15 at 7 p.m. at located at 839 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna, BC.

The service for VIOLA, Maria Rosina is scheduled for Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 11 a.m.. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

Address & Contact for Service Location:

Immaculate Conception Church

839 Sutherland Avenue Kelowna, BC


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  • Domenic Rampone says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you

    Domenic and Lina Rampone

  • Eugenio, Rita, Ilvia, Silvana and Marcello says:

    We are deeply saddened by the news of the loss of your beloved wife, mother and grandmother. Rosa (Zia) will be missed by all who knew her. May the fond memories of Rosa (Zia) live on in your hearts forever. We pray that God will grant you the strength through this difficult time of grief. Our most heartfelt sincere prayers and condolences.
    Love, Eugenio, Rita, Ilvia, Silvana and Marcello Viola

  • Wilma Viola says:

    My husband and I send our heartfelt condolences on tha passing of aunt Rosa,to my very special Uncle Victor including my cousins Tony, Pamela Wilma, Elina and Sue. Zia will be missed dearly. Our prayers are with you all.

  • Fred & Agnes Boyko says:

    Victor and Family,
    Our Prayers,Hearts And Thoughts are with you at this trying time.
    God has embraced Rosa and made a place with him in Heaven
    May she rest in Peace.
    Since 2006 Rosa and I have been neighbours. We never ever missed a day
    With chat a visit. Rosa Will be missed.

  • Cheryl Kwasny says:

    Bill and I are sending our thoughts and prayers to the Viola family in your time of sorrow. She is now in a much better place, meeting up with old friends …. like Ann and Fred Kwasny what a reunion that will be! We have fond memories of your Mother, and stories that never fade from the heart.

  • Frank Lavorato says:

    Victor and family,
    I’m am so sorry for your loss, Rosa was a sweet lady and always made me feel like family when I would come over with my nonna and nonno for a visit. She will be missed but never forgotten.

  • Rosa Scigliano says:

    To the Viola Family – Uncle Victor and our cousins, Wilma, Sue, Tony, Elina
    We are sorry for your loss of your beloved Mother. Zia Rosa will live on in our memories forever. Zia Ida will be attending to honour the memory of her beloved sister Rosa; along with my brother Gabriel and his wife Yolanda. Zia Rosa will be missed dearly as she is now embraced with God’s love. Our prayers are all with you at this time from the Scigliano Family in Calgary. much love sent your way.

  • Maddalena Lavorato, Nick Lavorato, Mirella (Lavorato) Milos & Family says:

    Vittorio & Family
    It was with great sadness that we received your call telling of us of Rosa’s passing. Please know that although we cannot be with you at this time of sorrow, you are in our hearts and prayers. Rosa was a very special person and we will always remember her friendship and hospitality.

  • Anna Vigilante-Meyes says:

    Dear Viola Family – Our most heartfelt and sincere condolences on the passing of Rosa. Wonderful wife, exceptional mother, loving nonna and an inspiration to all with that tenacious spirit she so embraced. I will miss her laughter and the sparkle in her eyes; Rosa was a gem and it was always a pleasure to have a visit with her. May your hearts be filled with lovely memories as you grieve the passing of Rosa, she will be the shining star in the heavens watching her loved ones from above. Sending prayers and comforting thoughts to embrace you all during this time of sorrow.

    Vi esprimiamo le nostre sentite condoglianze.

    Anna Vigilante-Meyes & Peter Meyes

  • Mollo Family says:

    Dear Viola Family, Our most heartfelt and sincere condolences on the passing of (Zia) Rosa. ♥ Our prayers are all with you threw this hard time ♥
    With Love, From the Mollo and Fayhey (Pina) family Calgary, Ab

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