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Elena Savaria Maida

October 24, 1929 - April 3, 2013



Elena Savaria Porco was born October 24, 1929 to Domenico and Fortunata Porco in Aprigliano, Italy.  Elena spent her young adult life in Italy studying tailoring.  In 1956 she immigrated to Canada to join her father and two brothers.  Upon arriving in Nelson she was reunited with the love of her life Leonardo Maida.  They were married on July 5, 1958.  Elena raised four children and loved to be a mother, wife and loving sister.  She enjoyed spending her day cooking and cleaning and having coffee in the afternoons with her sisters and sisters’ in-law.  The apple of Elena’s eye was her beautiful grandchildren, Lauren, Krista, Michael and Caitlyn.  She radiated a grandmother’s pride for all their many accomplishments. We will all lovingly remember our mother, sister and friend Elena and her peaceful loving smile.

Elena is survived by her four children, Virginia(Peter) Muirhead, Gioconda(Grant) Gordon, Tina(Corey) Viala and Rick(Tammy) Maida.  Her four grandchildren Lauren Viala, Michael Viala, Krista Maida, Caitlyn Maida.  Her sister Inez Piro, brother Gabriel Porco (Teresa), brother Mario Porco and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband Leonardo and parents Fortunata and Domenico Porco and her sister Ada Porco.


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From: Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff

Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff send our condolences to family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: M Joey Gatchell
Relation: know her kids/grandkids

Tina and family,
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

From: Val Wudkevich
Relation: friend of the family

Dear Gioconda, Virgina, Tina and Rick and Families,
We have heard about your Mom; can’t stop the tears. She was a soft soul. Our hearts and memories will never forget the kind and gentle person she was. Every time she saw me, the first thing she would say is, Come and see me! Then she would hug and kiss me and smile at me, making me remember my mom. She was the best salitti (?) maker in the world. She has taken the hand of God; an angel called home, Now she will watch over us and wait for us with all our family in eternity . Our prayers are with you always, as are we!
Love Val, Woody, Alax and Chris xoxox

From: Tracy Young
Relation: Friend of the Family

It is a heart breaking day to know that Elena has left our physical presence though she is ever near in spirit. I pray, the knowledge that she has gone to be with the Lord and your dear Dad, in continual joy, laughter and peace will give you a measure of comfort as you learn to walk this life without her present in the flesh. She lives on in you and her advice, joking and all that made her special are only a memory away, when you need her. I will always remember her smile and her being game for a trip to the casino! I’m sooooo, so, so sorry guys. May it comfort you to know that she KNEW how much she was loved by her children because of the way you treated her and cared for her until the very end of her beautiful, unique, brilliant and amazing life. My heart breaks with you. Lots of love, Tracy xoxoxo

From: Pinnell Mark &Lee: Porco Anthony & Abby: Tyerman Neil & Louisa and families
Relation: Cousins

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all…….May God give you all strength……..Hold on to all the beautiful memories… God Bless

From: Norm and Lonnie Facchina
Relation: Friends of her children

Virginia, Gioconda, Rick and Tina… big hugs and much sympathy from Norm and I on the passing of your mom. She was a lovely woman and much loved by all of you. Our deepest condolences to you and your families…
Lonnie and Norm

From: Larry & Linda Kuzyk & family
Relation: Friends

Dear Virginia, Gioconda, Tina & Rick & families
Our caring thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time. Your loving memories of your mom will always be with you. Hold on to each other as you go through this difficult time. l Hugs to you all.

From: Gary Exner
Relation: friend

Gioconda, Virginia, Tina and Rick, our deepest sympathy on the passing of your mother and dear friend to many. Memories of times spent around the dinner table with such a wonderful host who was always so kind to my family. May Elena rest in peace.
The Exner Family

From: Zelda Morrison & family
Relation: Friend of daughters

With heartfelt sympathy to you and yours. So deeply sorry for your sad loss. Treasure the memories of a special mother. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.
God Bless, Zelda.

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
April 9, 2013
Beginning at 10:00am

Cathedral of Mary Immaculate
613 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L 1T4

Entombment will follow in the Nelson Maulsoleum

613 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L 1T4


Date & Time:
April 8, 2013
Beginning at 7:00pm

Cathedreal of Mary Immaculate
813 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L 1T4

813 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L 1T4

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