Gemma Devenz “Nonna”

September 24, 1936 - August 2, 2022
August 5, 2022 12 Condolences Print Obituary

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our loving Mother, Nonna, Bisnonna Gemma DeVenz on August 2nd, 2022 at the age of 85 after a brief and sudden illness.

She is survived by her two loving children; daughter Nadia (Robert Gibson) and son Walter (Courtney Tosh); her sister Luciana Corso (Bruno Vieceli) and sister-in-law Clorinda DeVenz (Natale DeVenz – deceased), five grandchildren: Amanda Perri, Melissa Perri (David Fedechko), Garrett DeVenz (Rebecca Fardy), Emily DeVenz, and Sharlet DeVenz; three great-grandchildren: Henry Fedechko, Adrianna Fedechko and Holden well as numerous nieces and nephews in both Canada and Italy.

Gemma was predeceased by her husband Mario, her parents Pietro Corso and Maria Susin, her sisters Meri Corso (Antonio Corso), Giovanina Corso (Luigi DeVenz).

Our mother was born on September 24th, 1936 in Fonzaso BL Italy. She immigrated to Canada in April 1958 to marry and start a new life with our father Mario who arrived in Canada in 1956. With a lot of hard work, sacrifices, and great determination together they were able to create a home and family. Unfortunately, our father passed away at a young age in 1974. We were blessed to have had a strong and determined woman as our Mother who quickly and blindly picked up the reins to raise her children in a new country without looking back and only looking forward to the opportunities that she could garner for us. Mamma we thank you and will never forget what you did for us.

1:ooPM Wednesday August 10th, 2022
Santa Maria Goretti Italian Parish
9110 – 110 Avenue, Edmonton AB

Mass of Christian Burial
2:ooPM Wednesday August 10th, 2022
Santa Maria Goretti Italian Parish
9110 – 110 Avenue, Edmonton AB

Memorial Donations
Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories
#306, 10430 - 61 Avenue, Edmonton AB, T6H 2J3

Cremation will take place at a later date with a private ceremony to be held at St. Michael’s where our mother will be laid to rest with our father. Mamma and Papa you are now reunited together. Forever and ever, amen.

  1. Our deepest condolences, to all the family and friends.
    Nadia and Walter, I’m So sorry for you loss.
    My mom and dad loved her so much
    She was a wonderful beautiful loving person.
    Have so many good memories.
    May she Rest In Peace.

    Alex Cindy and family

  2. My heart goes out to you and your family Nadia. I know how close you were to your mom. She will be missed.

  3. Our deepest condolences to you Nadia and your whole family. Many childhood memories, yes a very strong woman. Love to all of you. Eleonora and Battaglia family.

  4. What a beautiful tribute!

  5. We are so sorry for your loss, your mother was like an auntie to me. She’s watched us grow up and a big part of my mother and our lives. She was full of spirit and spunk a go-getter. She will be truly missed, I know the love she had for friends and family she was awesome lady. Many prayers to you and Walter and your family. My mother and My family send you all many prayers and our condolences.

  6. Non abbiamo parole. Condolianze a tutti voi
    Bella gemma e con IL signore
    con tanto affetto e amore da noi
    Familia Floreancig

  7. Gemma was always so full of life and radiance, its hard to believe this sad news. We are thinking of you and your families Nadia and Walter, and we know you will find a lot of comfort in remembering the happy times with your mama.
    She was such a lively, strong and vivacious person – we will not forget her.
    Very sorry for your loss,
    Oriana, Julian, Lidia Nalin and family

  8. We are so sorry for your loss, your mom and nonna was such a big part of my life. I will cherish my memories of long walks, long bike rides, and Chinese buffets. Gemma was a great friend to my parents and we will miss her dearly.
    Deepest condolences, sympathies and love. May your memories of this beautiful life bring you comfort during these hard times and always.
    Dina Floreancig & Salvatore Miniaci

  9. Nadia, Walter and family, Roberta and I would like to send you our sincere condolences on the passing of Gemma. She was so bright and colourful. We really enjoyed her company and will miss her.May you find comfort now knowing that your mom is at peace.

  10. Our sincerest sympathies to you and your families Nadia and Walter. We will always remember Gemma’s smile, laughter and humour. She was a great friend to my parents and family and she will be sorely missed. May she rest in peace with your father.
    Take care and much love,
    Diana & Mario
    Liliana & Mario Storti

  11. Nadia and Walter, our sincerest condolences including from my father, Francesco Zoldan. Her enduring fortitude and gift of carrying a lively conversation was something to behold. May she be at peace with your father.
    Luigi, Romeo, Dennis and Francesco Zoldan

  12. Nadia and Walter, our sincerest sympathies to you and your families on the passing of your mother. Our sincerest condolences, Giovanni, Antonietta, Douglas Cimolai.

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