December 9, 2020

August 26, 1955 – December 9, 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother Maria.  She is survived by her husband Giuseppe Caluori, children Marisa and Giancarlo, her sister Lily (Agostino), her brother-in-law Filippo, her many nieces and nephews and her family and friends both here and in Italy. Maria is predeceased by her parents Anna and Mauro, and her sister Lucia.

Visitation will be held at Voluntas, 4695 St-Jean Blvd., Dollard-des-Ormeaux H9H 2A7, on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Notre-Dame-de-la-Defense Church, 6800 Henri-Julien, Montreal, Qc H2S 2V4 (corner Dante), on Wednesday, December 16 at 12 noon. Due to the pandemic situation and restrictions, the service will be by invitation only. Visitation with monitoring to comply with the limit of 25 people at the same time.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to Voluntas (514-695-7979,


Voluntas Funeral Home

4695 Boul. St-Jean, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Qc H9H 2A7

Tuesday, December 15, 2020 from 5 p.m to 9 p.m

Private Funeral Mass

Notre-Dame-de-la-Defense Church

6800, Henri-Julien, Montreal, Qc H2S 2V4 (corner Dante)

Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 12 noon

29 responses

  1. Susanna Atella

    December 12, 2020 at 8:25 pm

    Our deepest condolences go out to the family. May God give you the peace that you seek. A good soul ascended to heaven. From the Atella family.

  2. Miriam

    December 12, 2020 at 11:14 pm

    My dearest Joe, Marisa, Giancarlo, Lily & family,
    To me, Mary was a generous and giving friend first, a dedicated maid of honor second, and a loving, loyal sister-in-law third.

    She managed a career, children, and a cozy, warm home. What a warm-hearted woman she was .Somehow every time I picture Mary, I can smell the BBQ fired up in front of her carrying a well selected array of meats, alongside her husband Joe, or I see her serving up some (lots of) hearty pasta with her special sauce, mouth-watering polpettas on the side.   And us, the extended family, gathered together all around the table, feasting and toasting.  

    Only Mary could turn a simple picnic at the park into a 7 course meal!!

    When it came to those academic decisions that our children faced, Mary’s eagerness to lend a hand and to offer good advice helped them map out their futures.

    Mary, you have touched many of us in more ways than you know.

    You will be greatly missed, Miriam, Frank and family xoxo

  3. Ruocco

    December 13, 2020 at 10:04 am

    Non ti dimenticheremo mai un altro pezzo di cuore che se ne va….ciao Mary we love you.

  4. Nella Valiante

    December 13, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    Dear Joe, Marisa and GianCarlo, our sincerest condolences on the passing of your wife/mom!! We have such fond memories of your mom on the soccer field when your family was all together cheering on Giancarlo (one of the best goalies to this day). Also beautiful memories at St. Luc’s church, both Maria and Marisa taking part! Then in a simpler note seeing Maria and Joe taking long walks down our street hand in hand! We will miss seeing that beautiful face taking a walk down our street! Please take care of yourselves and remember that your love and strength carried your wife/mom through her most difficult time! She will be with you everywhere you go and all that you do. Steve, Nella and Taylor Cortellazzi (your neighbors)

  5. Felipe Ruocco e Gerardina Ruocco

    December 13, 2020 at 6:06 pm

    Ci mancherai molto. Per nostra famiglia é un grande dolore.
    Adesso abbiamo un’altro angelo nel cielo.

  6. Louise Gauthier

    December 14, 2020 at 5:39 am

    Sincere condolences. I worked with Maria for many years at McGill. She was very efficient and gentle.

  7. Claudia Xiques

    December 14, 2020 at 9:35 am

    Mi querida Maria, fueron pocos momentos vividos, pero muy especiales y hermosos, compartimos el amor por el servicio y tus consejos unicos hacia mi y mi familia, quedaran grabados en mi mente, pero sobretodo en mi corazon, tu partida me tomo por sorpresa, me hubiera encantado hablar contigo y sobretodo verte, visitarte o cuidarte, hoy lamento no haberme podido despedir y decirte lo mucho que te aprecio. Descansa en paz querida Maria, nunca olvidaremos el hermoso trabajo que hiciste y las huellas que dejaste en la comunidad St Luke!

  8. Susanne Mak

    December 14, 2020 at 9:43 am

    I worked with Maria at the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy (McGill) for a number of years. She always brought warmth and kindness in my conversations with her. It was a pleasure to work with her and I’m very sad to hear about her passing. My sincerest condolences.

  9. Louise Cormier

    December 14, 2020 at 11:47 am

    Dear family and friends of Maria, I’ve known Maria since her children were registered in our Faith Formation programs many years ago. She always told me that she would one day come and give time to the parish. Maria was true to her word as she not only helped out but took on the leadership of the Faith & Family Team. Much appreciated by her team and the many families with whom she came in contact with. Her warm smile and welcoming will be missed as well as her competency in all that she did. It was indeed a grace to have worked with her and a blessing to have her in my life. Maria you will be missed but you are at peace now with all those that you loved and cared for.

  10. Andi La Riviere

    December 14, 2020 at 11:51 am

    Our deepest sympathy to the family. Never saw Maria without a smile on her face. Truly a lovely person.. Andi La Riviere, St. Luke parishioner and parish warden.

  11. Laurence Roy

    December 14, 2020 at 12:02 pm

    I knew Maria at McGill for some years, and I’m very sad to learn that she passed. She was a kind and generous person. Please accept my condolences.

  12. Deacon Brian Cordeiro

    December 14, 2020 at 12:11 pm

    Dear family of Maria,
    Maria will be greatly missed. Her smile and her love of people was there for all of us to witness. She worked hard for the catechesis at Saint-Luke’s. May her soul rest in peace!!

  13. Philippe Archambault

    December 14, 2020 at 12:21 pm

    Dear family of Maria,
    I have known Maria at the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy. She was a kind and generous person, always ready to help students and faculty. I was very sad to hear of her passing . Please accept all my condolences.

  14. Lorrie Fern

    December 14, 2020 at 1:23 pm

    Dear family of Maria Ruocco, my deepest condolences to you. I worked with Maria at St. Lukes doing confirmation and she was always smiling, encouraging, great with the kids and parents. She was a great asset to our church and I considered her a good friend and will miss her deeply.

  15. Mattia Guarraggi

    December 14, 2020 at 1:54 pm

    My deepest sympathies to the family. Maria was an amazing woman always welcoming and friendly. I will miss her her hugs and bubbly personality. She was a great friend and mentor. I admired her kindness and professionalism. May you rest in eternal peace united with your Heavenly Father & Mother. United in prayers always

  16. Carole B Roy

    December 14, 2020 at 2:24 pm

    C’est avec besucoup de tristesse que j’ai appris le décès de Maria.
    Nous avions l’habitude de jaser les vendredis soirs de catéchėses à la paroisse.
    Elle avait un merveilleux sourire,rassurant et chaleureux.
    Elle va me manquer beaucoup, mais je pourrais maintenant lui adresser des prières, car elle est certainement au ciel près du Père. Adieu Maria

  17. Jeanne Campeau

    December 14, 2020 at 3:21 pm

    Our deepest condolences to the family. It was a blessing to see Maria at St. Luke’s. Her warmth and caring is very much appreciated. Thank you for sharing her with us.

  18. Cathie Macaulay

    December 14, 2020 at 3:37 pm

    Our heartfelt sympathy to Maria’s family. We are grateful for her life and her kind and generous heart. May you feel God’s love through the comfort of all those who loved her too. You are in our prayers. Cathie Macaulay and Dcn Tony Rettino and family.

  19. Connie Caluori

    December 14, 2020 at 5:05 pm

    Our sincerest condolences go out to the family. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her . Mary was genuinely kind

  20. Marta and Richard Berry

    December 14, 2020 at 5:30 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your whole family at this time.

  21. Angela Izzo

    December 14, 2020 at 7:59 pm

    Dear Uncle Joe, Marisa, Giancarlo and Lily & family, my deepest condolences. Aunty Mary was such a sweet soul, ready to help anyone. Ready to feed anyone! And ready to give any career advice (which we much appreciated!). I am where I am today in my career path thanks to her.
    I will truly miss her, along with her genuine smile, and motherly presence. May she rest in peace.

  22. Noreen Atwood

    December 14, 2020 at 8:55 pm

    My deepest sympathy to the family. Maria’s energy, passion and genuine warmth were a blessing to those around her, and part of her will remain in the hearts and memories of all those she touched.
    learn of Maria’s passing

  23. Rosanna Barrafato

    December 15, 2020 at 7:47 am

    Dearest Joseph, Marisa, Giancarlo, Lily & family,
    we are so very saddened by the passing of Mary.
    Please accept our heartfelt condolences at this very difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May Mary rest in eternal peace.
    With love, Rosanna, Maurizio & Isabella Barrafato Somma

  24. Franca Caluori

    December 15, 2020 at 8:59 am

    Our deepest sympathies to the family. Maria was a sweet and wonderful person. She will be missed. With love, Franca and Danny.

  25. Maria and Joe Carozza

    December 15, 2020 at 3:09 pm

    Our deepest condolences to the family! Maria was a wonderful person! She will be missed!

  26. Franca Piedimonte

    December 15, 2020 at 7:04 pm

    Dear Marisa and family, I will always remember Maria as being a kind, gentle, loving person. She was always so sincere. I was so saddened to hear of her

    passing. She’ll always remain in our hearts until we’re reunited again.

  27. Aniello Tambasco

    December 15, 2020 at 8:51 pm

    Our deepest condolences. May peace and comfort find you during this difficult time. Aniello Tambasco and family

  28. Tony Rettino

    December 16, 2020 at 8:33 am

    Please accept our deep sympathies for Maria’s wonderful family. She has touched lives with her beautiful spirit professionally and pastorally, experienced in a special way at St Luke’s parish where she shared part of her heart and soul with us. It’s clear her whole heart and soul was reserved for her family. God bless your family and all who love her, with His never ending peace and with the certainty that Maria will join the saints in heaven as they watching over us.

  29. Wendy and Paul Aitken

    December 16, 2020 at 9:27 am

    Please accept our most sincere sympathies for the loss of Maria – wife, mother, sister. May the prayers of all people who love you bring solace to your soul.
    We pray for your family and ask God for to give you for strength of the heart and peace in the mind with this untimely loss
    We are blessed to have known a person like Maria. She was a woman of faith, kindness and strength.


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