MARTINI, Lilia Sylvia Damiani, 98, died peacefully, in her sleep, on November 12, 2013 at the Sunrise de Fontainebleau Retirement Home in Blainville, Quebec. She was born in Montreal, Quebec on June 20, 1915, the first born of Sabbatino Damiani and Luigia Fabrizzi. Her passing follows that of her beloved husband of 64 years Dr. T. A. (Terry) Martini, her brothers Tullio and Orlando, and her sister, Vilma Fontana. Lilia is survived by her sister Bruna Cassani, daughter Janie L. Martini-Bowers (Michael) sons, John T. Martini and Ronald J. Martini (Erica) grandchildren Caitilin R. Martini-Kamaris (Christian), Leila Martini, David Martini, Laura Martini, Sarah Martini, Tara Bowers-Van Huele (Rene), Jaye Bowers, Jennifer Martini-McQuaid (Roy), John Martini, JR. (Francis) and five great-grand-children Alec, Drew, Kyria, Kaylin and Carmelo. Educated at Our Lady of Defense School, the Sisters of the Congregation of Notre-Dame Secretarial College, and the Villa Maria, Lilia lived most of her adult life in Tampa, Florida, where she was active in a number of charitable and social organizations. For over 35 years she was in the Rotary Ann's of Ybor City, and president for two terms, the Tampa Women's Club, the Tampa Catholic Women's Club, and the Davis Island's Garden Club, where she worked with the flowers she loved. Lilia was most proud of her 10-year tenure in the Children's Home Society, where she was its President for two terms. Lilia was also a painter, recognized on several occasions for her art. Above all, however, she was a Mother, homemaker and wife. Entombment will be at La Pieta, CÂ"te-des-Neiges Cemetery, in Montreal, QuÂ‚bec. Lilia would prefer that, instead of flowers, contributions be made to the Alzheimer Society of Canada, 20 Eglinton Avenue West, 16th Floor, Toronto, ON, M4R 1K8.
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Published in TBO.com on Nov. 19, 2013