Obituaries

Maria Pia Iacobelli

Thursday, 29 December 1966 - Tuesday, 09 May 2017

Death Notice

Peacefully, with her husband by her side, Maria Pia Iacobelli passed away at the age of 50 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Beloved wife of Jeff Hettinga. Cherished daughter of Martha and Palmino Iacobelli. Dear sister of Paul, Silio (Stacy) and Teresa (Chad) Iacobelli. Adored aunt of Olivia and Gabriella Iacobelli, Hazel Furrow and Jessica and Melissa Hettinga. Maria loved life and lived it to the fullest. She was a connoisseur of food and music and made friends wherever she went. She lit up the room with her humour and wit and made the world a better place. She will be dearly missed by her many friends and family. Special thanks to Maria’s aunt, Dr. Patricia Larusso, for always being only a phone call away to give her comfort and honest answers during her treatments. A memorial service will be held at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Friday, June 16, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (online at donate.sunnybrook.ca)(cheques only at the funeral home please).

Service

A memorial service will be held at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Friday, June 16, 2017, at 11:00 a.m.

Donations

Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (online at donate.sunnybrook.ca)(cheques only at the funeral home please).

13 Condolences

  • Valerie Taylor May 23, 2017 04:06pm

    I had the pleasure of working with Maria on several occasions . Her sharp wit, creativity and boundless energy was amazing - everyone who met her could not mistake the phenomenal spirit that radiated from her heart. Fond memories of Jeff and Maria visiting us when we lived in Belgium.
    Maria made me laugh until I cried - I love that!
    My heart goes out to Jeff and her family.

  • Kathleen Kuhn May 21, 2017 02:58am

    I had the pleasure of meeting Maria in high school. What a fire cracker she was! Gratefully, we kept up over the years . I alway enjoyed hearing about & applauded her lust for life and adventures. I was so sad today to hear at mass about her passing. God called her home for a greater purpose. We were blessed to have had the gift of knowing her in our lifetime. My Condolences to her family. Rest in Peace , Maria.

  • Frank Petersen May 20, 2017 08:17pm

    Maria was a unique and special lady. There's just a little less laughter without her in the world. I'll never forget the startup concept of the floating underpants. Rest In Peace.

  • Larry and Cindi Furrow May 19, 2017 03:15pm

    We want you all to know how deeply sorry we are for your loss and that our thoughts and prayers are with you for strength during this difficult time.

  • Gary Wright May 19, 2017 05:25am

    Silio
    Sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts are with you at this time.
    Gary

  • Cheryl Blackman May 18, 2017 08:57pm

    Maria will be sorely missed! I will always remember her humour and her free spirit. My sincere condolences to Jeff and Maria's entire family.

  • Deb Power Haggith May 18, 2017 01:02pm

    So sorry for your loss. I met Maria in college. Always made me laugh during my darkest days. God has another angel.

  • Anna De Carolis May 17, 2017 04:03pm

    Martha and Palmino and family
    I am so sorry to hear of Maria's passing. I remember her fondly from younger years. Please know that I am keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers as you move through this very difficult time.

  • Elio Giuseppina De Carolis May 17, 2017 04:00pm

    Martha and Palmino and family
    We are so sorry for your loss. We cannot imagine the heartache you feel. Cherish your memories of Maria and she will always be close to you in your heart. Please know that you are in our prayers during this difficult time.

  • Kay Thomson May 17, 2017 03:14pm

    I didn't know Maria well enough or for long enough, she was a breath of fresh air with a magnetic personality who saw the best in everything. Condolences to Jeff, Maria's family and friends, sadly missed.

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