Mrs. Mary Zanni

Mrs. Mary Josephine Zanni

Thursday, March 7th, 1929 - Monday, March 11th, 2019
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Mrs. Mary Zanni, age 90 years, passed away peacefully in the Thunder Bay Regional Health Science Centre on Monday, March 11, 2019, surrounded by her loving family.

Mary was born March 7, 1929 to John and Pierina Covello, and grew up on Centre Street. She was introduced to Bob by the Sisco family, and they married on August 4, 1951.

Mary and family spent many years enjoying the Covello family camp at Mackenzie Beach where her and her sisters prepared many spaghetti dinners for themselves, the Cava family, and many other friends.

Mary and Bob loved travelling and spending the winters in Tucson, Arizona. She was a lifelong member of St. Anthony’s Church and the CWL. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, cooking and baking, especially her famous family favourite butter tarts.

Mary’s greatest joy was her family. She was a devoted, loving and caring mother to Frank and Bobby. She took care of her father and Bob’s father for many years while raising her own family. She cherished her three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Mary is survived by her loving husband Bob of 67 years, children Frank (Mary), Bobby (Connie), grandchildren Krista Hann (Brian), Kathy, Joey (Jamie), great grandchildren Alessandra, Gavin, Connor, J.J. and Adeline. She is also survived by her sister Joan Rigato and brother Bill Covello (Lorna), brother-in-law Mike Chochla, and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was predeceased by parents John and Pierina, two brothers in infancy, sisters Rosalie Maronese (Joe), Theresa Chochla, Rita Gravina (John), brother Frank Covello (Emily), and brother-in-law Ed Rigato.

A sincere thank you to the caring and compassionate staff of 2B at TBRHSC, Dr. Olga Kisselgoff, Dr. Matthew Ingves and the wound care specialists.

Funeral Services for the late Mrs. Mary Zanni will be held on Thursday, March 14, 2019 leaving the Everest Funeral Chapel, 299 Waverley Street at 9:20 am to St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church, for the Funeral Mass at 10:00 am, celebrated by Father Luigi Filippini. Private interment will follow in St. Andrew’s Catholic Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be held on Wednesday evening after 5:00 pm in the Everest Chapel, with Vigil Prayers offered at 7:00 pm.

Should friends so desire, donations made in memory of Mary to a charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, March 14th, 2019 | 12:30pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, March 14th, 2019 12:30pm - 8:00pm
    Everest of Thunder Bay - Waverley Chapel
    299 Waverley Street
    Thunder Bay, Ontario, ON P7B 5Z7
    299 Waverley Street at Algoma, one block south of Red River Road, Thunder Bay North
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Vigil Prayers will be offered at 7:00pm.
  • Service

    Thursday, March 14th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Thursday, March 14th, 2019 10:00am
    St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Church
    Corner of Hilldale and Dawson Road. Just west of County Fair Plaza.
    Leaving the Everest Funeral Chapel at 9:20am.
  • Interment

    St. Andrew's Roman Catholic Cemetery
    Oliver Road at Balmoral / Algonquin beside Riverside Cemetery
  • Reception

    Italian Cultural Centre
    132 Algoma Street South


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Sam and Angela Febbraro

Posted at 08:29am
Mr. Zanni and family, we are truly saddened by the news of the passing of your wife. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this very difficult time. With love, the Febbraro Family - Ancaster Ontario

Elaine Zanni Posted at 06:01pm

To the Zanni and Covello families. Please accept my sincere condolences, Mary was very special part of my life for many years, and my heart weighs heavy since hearing of her passing. She was the dearest lady with so much love and kindness, the list goes on” I,know you’re at peace in heaven now Mrs Zanni and I will cherish the many happy memories I have of you forever. R.I.P. Love Elaine.

Deb Lane

Posted at 08:55pm
To all of Mary Zanni’s loved ones, I was saddened to learn of Mrs. Zanni’s passing. Please know I am thinking of you during this difficult time.
She was a sweet lady who always welcomed me with a big smile and open arms during my time living in Thunder Bay.
I have many fond memories that hold dear in my heart, some of which include enjoying her delicious meals and the fun we had when I attempted to turn Mr. Zanni into an Irishman on his St. Patrick’s Day birthday.
~ Fly with the angels Mrs. Zanni; and May you forever Rest in Peace ~
Sincerely, Deb, Grand Falls-Windsor, NL


Julie Palmer

Posted at 11:36am
My heart is saddened to hear of Mary's passing. She was a beautiful woman both in body & soul. She cherished life and all of life's blessings especially her family. The last time I visited she went down memory lane, talking about all the adventures her son's put Bob and her threw. Smiling as she looked back recounting stories of their cars, close group of friends, their weddings, and having children.
She had a soft spot for her grandchildren and on this particular day was making lunch for Joey, who she said would try to come over weekly and have lunch with them, something she looked forward to. Mary loved going to get togethers at Frank & Mary's place on lake, especially when the great grandchildren were there. She couldn't believe how big her family had grown and she was gushing as she talked about them. But most of all Bob, her husband and partner in life, she always had something nice to say about him, as she spoke you could hear in her voice how she cherished and loved him and the life they had together. Mary you will be sadly missed but never will you be forgotten. Love Julie

Michael Witiw

Posted at 01:56pm
So sorry for your loss, Mary was a great lady . Spending time with the boys ,and the door was always open to come in for a visit. Always a smile on her face and she was a very giving lady . Fond memories .
Always Michael Witiw Claudette McDougall and families

Ann King Posted at 01:02pm

Mary was our wonderful neighbor for over 40 years and she will be greatly missed. Over these 40+ years, our mom and Mary shared and exchanged many recipes over coffee on a weekly basis while joyously talking about their children and grandchildren. We will always remember Mary for her kindness and joyous spirit. We are so sorry for your family’s loss. She was a very special person. The Prsa Family

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Thursday, March 14 2019 at 12:30 pm