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Lidia Alberici Muzio
Lidia Alberici Muzio passed away on Sunday May 26th, 2013 at Regina Wascana Grace Hospice in Regina, Saskatchewan with the love of family and friends supporting her through her journey home. Lidia was born in Manhattan, New York to Romano (Guy) Alberici and Esilde Mirabile and spent her early childhood in Italy, returning to New York when she was 9 years old. Lidia was a determined young woman and chose not to follow her classmates onto the local high school but went instead to a high school of costume design, dressmaking and modeling in New York City. Skills obtained there blossomed into designing and sewing clothing and for herself and her children. She was a fastidious seamstress with attention to detail. Upon marrying Stephen J. Muzio in 1943, she became a devoted wife and mother creating a nourishing home for their two children Robert James and Linda Roberta. After many years in this loving role she returned to the workforce at Gucci on 5th Avenue and spent the next 20 years in sales utilizing her gifts in design and fashion to provide exceptional service to patrons. With the birth of Robert and Fran's daughter, Alexa, Lidia became a delighted first-time grandmother and loved Alexa to bits. Fruitful shopping ventures, trips to museums both in NY and California and eating Chinese food were favourite activities. Linda's children Jesse and Alana Zyla completed the trio of grandchildren whom she adored, spoiled and lavished with her love, cherishing the special moments with them. In 1991, Lidia retired and moved to Regina to become a full-time grandma to Jesse and Alana. The next two decades saw rewarding annual family trips to Riding Mountain National Park, feeding the geese in Wascana Park, playing in the condo pool, shrimp barbecues, exceptional lasagna dinners and feeding the dogs Max and Sienna from the table. Though we could train them, we could not train Lidia. Lidia's appreciation for the arts and music culture, acquired in New York City, continued in Regina where she attended the Regina Symphony Orchestra and ballet performances. Her joy of travelling and interest in other cultures took her to the United Kingdom and drew her back to Italy. There were frequent trips to the U.S. as well, especially to California to visit Robert, Fran and Alexa. Later in her life she appreciated more simple pleasures, listening to classical music in her exquisitely decorated condo, sitting on her balcony reading a favourite novel and playing with the dogs in Linda's backyard. Lidia was a sophisticated, intelligent, dignified lady and will be remembered for her independence, determination, generosity, feistiness and outstanding cooking. Though these words describe her, none do her justice. Heartfelt thanks goes to all Lidia's caregivers, especially Dr. Gruszczynski and the Family Medicine Unit, members of the Palliative Care Service Team, the Pasqua Hospital Palliative Care Unit, and the Regina Wascana Grace Hospice. This end of a long and blessed journey will culminate in a service of love and thanksgiving which will take place Monday, June 3rd, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. in the Lady Slipper Courtyard, 2900 Wascana Drive, Regina, Saskatchewan.
Published in The Regina Leader-Post on June 1, 2013