Maria Cannavo

Maria Cannavo

Saturday, December 1st, 1934 - Friday, October 16th, 2020
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Maria C. Cannavo 85, passed away Friday, October 16, 2020.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at Holy Spirit Parish – Holy Ghost Church with Rev. Steve Garner officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Tuesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road. Masks and social distancing are required during visitation and services.

Maria was born in Sicily on December 1, 1934, the daughter of Leonardo and Ignazia Cirino. She married Nicola Cannavo on July 1, 1953 and the two enjoyed life together in Sicily until deciding to move to Connecticut and eventually settling in Dubuque in 1969. Maria was a homemaker who loved to cook and care for her family. “Are you hungry” was her constant question whenever anyone would come to her house. It was not unusual for her to put on a full pasta dinner for the late-night visits from her grandchildren and their friends She was a wonderful high energy and classy woman who will be greatly missed.

Surviving are her children Francesco (Tammy) Cannavo of Marion, IA, Leonardo (Theresa) Cannavo of Blue Grass, IA and Lisa (Robert) Gassman of Dubuque, IA; her grandchildren Angela (Tony), Nicolas, Vincenzo, Patricia, Noah, Elizabeth and Natalie; her siblings Philip (Nicolina) Cirino of Ft. Wayne, IN, Frank Cirino of Seymour, CT and Josephine (Gino) Sileci of Marion, IA; also surviving are many nieces and nephews.

Maria was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Nicola; 2 brothers Louie and Andrew and her sister, Rosa Zanca.

In lieu of flowers, a Maria Cannavo memorial fund has been established with proceeds to be given to her favorite charities.

Maria’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center for their unending care and support
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, October 20th, 2020 | 9:00am - 11:00am
    Tuesday, October 20th, 2020 9:00am - 11:00am
    Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory
    2659 John F. Kennedy Rd.
    Dubuque, Iowa 52002
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  • Service

    Tuesday, October 20th, 2020 | 11:30am
    Tuesday, October 20th, 2020 11:30am
    Holy Spirit-Holy Ghost
    2921 Central Ave.
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    Rev. Steven Garner
  • Interment

    Tuesday, October 20th, 2020 |
    Tuesday, October 20th, 2020
    Mount Calvary Cemetery
    1111 Davis Street
    DUBUQUE, IA 52001
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Brother Phil and Nicolina

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We will miss you and your gentle manner to keep the family together. You will be missed by all of us but happy for you for reuniting with Nick.
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