It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Gabriella on Sunday, November 11th, 2018. To say that she was Carmen’s better half hardly explains the relationship of these two best friends. The two were inseparable. Their vacations, nights at the theatre, dinners, babysitting adventures and nightly chats over coffee meant that there was nothing they did not share. Gabriella felt herself lucky to have found Carmen and he could not believe his fortune in finding a perfect partner in Gabriella. Loving mother to Paula (Jonathan) Diamond and Deanna (David) Robbins – the girls had a model of wife and mother to emulate with pride. Gabriella’s pride over her girls was evident to everyone who knew her. Both girls have learned so much from their mother and hold on to their memories of many vacations, dinners, outings and all the regular life stuff that you forget to realize is so precious. Dedicated sister to Caroline and Andrew Steger and Rosa Iannantuoni; there was nothing that she would not do for her sisters. The three Iannantuoni girls are the embodiment of their mother’s kindness, determination and lively spirit. Gabe was fortunate to consider her sisters her dear friends. Cherished grandmother to Katie, Lucy, Andrew and Joshua; the grandchildren were lucky to have experienced her love and joyful spirit. Each grandchild spent many hours working on puzzles, playing games, singing songs and helping Grandma bake. These moments were highlights for Gabe and she often regaled her friends with tales of the grandkids exploits. Dearly loved Aunt to David Steger, Anna-Maria Steger, Carina Jackson, Christopher Browne and “Auntie” to Tom Netherway, John Netherway, Mary Margaret Grant and Jamie Grant. Zia Gabe could always be counted on to send a beautiful card or if you were lucky some homemade treats that were sure to brighten your day.
Gabriella was an amazing teacher. From her early years at St. Martins teaching French (and even science her first year!) the impact of her initiatives including the beloved French Café are still felt today. The majority of her career was spent at St. Clare Elementary and her love of teaching junior and senior kindergarten cannot be overstated. She thrived amidst the little ones and made their earliest memories of school happy ones. Gabriella was one of a kind and she will never be forgotten by her family friends. Her smile will brighten the heavens. As expressions of sympathy donations to Covenant House and The Heart and Stroke Foundation would
be appreciated by the family.
Turner & Porter - Peel Chapel
2180 Hurontario, Mississauga, ON, L5B 1M8
Sunday, 18 Nov 2018 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Sunday, 18 Nov 2018 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
St. Ignatius Loyola Church
2300 Burnhamthorpe Rd. W., Mississauga, ON, L5L 3T6