Peacefully passed away at the Algoma Residential Community Hospice on Monday, July 8, 2024 at the age of 71. Best friend and soulmate of Steve for 51 years. Proud mother of Julia Vercillo (Marco) and Miriam Burgess (friend Chris Coutu). Adored Nonna of Luca and another Grandson on the way. She is now reunited with her parents Gennaro and Giovina Farina. Cherished sister of Nella Tobia (John) and Patti Lippolis (Anthony). Daughter-in-law of Vera and the late Don Burgess. Sister-in-law of Ken (late Darlene), Nancy Peters (late Bert), Brian (Kathy) and Donna-Lee Sartor (Nello). She will be missed by her nieces and nephews Marta, Jonathan, Amanda, Tiana, James, Jill, Mitch, Nick, Hilary, Olivia, Noah and Eric. Maria will be fondly remembered and missed by her many aunts, uncles and close cousins who all meant so much to her. She cherished her friendship with her best friends Noreen Francescutti and Brien Proulx.

Maria taught for 37 years at St. Mary’s College, where she was more than just a teacher and colleague because SMC was an extension of her family. She was passionate about theatre and was heavily involved with Theatre SMC and community theatre. She enjoyed acting in and producing many shows in the city. Maria devoted many hours to Soo Sings for Kids and was very proud to be one of the originators in bringing this amazing event to life. She had a caring heart and was very generous with her time, participating in countless events and volunteering with many charities and community programs.

Friends and family are invited to visit at Northwood Funeral Home Cremation and Reception Centre (942 Great Northern Rd, 705-945-7758) on Friday, July 12, 2024, from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the Funeral Service in the Chapel at 3:00 p.m. with Rev. Helen Smith officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Tracy’s Dream (payable by cheque only) or Soo Sings for Kids (payable by cheque only) would be greatly appreciated. A heartfelt thank you to the SAH Cancer Clinic, nurse Kasia and the Palliative Care Community for the care and compassion shown to Maria and her family. www.northwoodfuneral.com


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