GODUTO, Bib­iana (Emanuele)

Cape Breton Post - - IN MEMORIAM -

On Jan­uary 30, 2017, Bib­iana Goduto passed away peace­fully in the Mira Bay wing of Har­bour­stone En­hanced Care, Syd­ney, with her son Do­minic and daugh­ter-in­law Aileen by her side.

Born May 6, 1922 in Roseto Val­for­tore, Fog­gia, Italy, Bib­iana was the daugh­ter of Domenico and Is­abella (Ri­naldi) Emanuele.

In 1952, she im­mi­grated to Canada with her hus­band Al­fredo and two young sons, Blaise and Do­minic. Af­ter ar­riv­ing at Pier 21 in Hal­i­fax, they crossed the cause­way to join the vi­brant Ital­ian com­mu­nity in Syd­ney, Cape Bre­ton. Af­ter sev­eral years of rent­ing prop­er­ties, in 1954 she and Al­fredo bought their home on Gunn Street in Whit­ney Pier. Soon their daugh­ter Vin­cenza was born to com­plete the fam­ily.

A woman of many tal­ents, Bib­iana was typ­i­cal of her gen­er­a­tion: re­source­ful, hard­work­ing and re­mark­ably self-suf­fi­cient. Yet she also loved a laugh and a joke, and found great joy in life’s sim­ple plea­sures. She ar­rived in Nova Sco­tia with no knowl­edge of English, but quickly picked up the ba­sics by lis­ten­ing to Ann Terry’s morn­ing ra­dio show, which she never missed.

Her di­verse skills in­cluded em­broi­dery and sewing (both by hand and with her muchloved Singer sewing ma­chine), which she learned at spe­cial classes in her home­town of Roseto. She also cro­cheted many beau­ti­ful items over the years, and was espe­cially proud of her in­tri­cate bed­spreads – one of which was much ad­mired by vis­i­tors to her room at Har­bour­stone.

A bub­bly lady with a ready smile, Bib­iana loved to sing at every op­por­tu­nity – par­tic­u­larly Ital­ian arias – and per­formed with the lo­cal Ital­ian choir. De­voutly re­li­gious and a firm be­liever in the power of prayer, which she prac­ticed daily, she was a ded­i­cated mem­ber of the for­mer St. Ni­cholas Parish and later Holy Redeemer Parish, both in Whit­ney Pier. She was also a long­stand­ing mem­ber of the St. Ni­cholas Ladies’ Aux­il­iary and the Cape Bre­ton Ital­ian Mul­ti­cul­tural As­so­ci­a­tion, through which she made many friends and par­tic­i­pated ex­ten­sively in the life of her com­mu­nity.

She loved flow­ers and took great pride in tend­ing her ex­ten­sive veg­etable gar­den – which also gave her the op­por­tu­nity to use the pre­serv­ing skills she’d learned grow­ing up in Italy – and spent many happy sum­mer days at the fam­ily’s bun­ga­low in Bar­ra­chois.

Her fam­ily will par­tic­u­larly miss her won­der­ful cook­ing and au­then­tic Ital­ian recipes, which she loved to share, as well as her wealth of tra­di­tional knowl­edge – for ex­am­ple, on the art of wine­mak­ing.

Even in her later years, Bib­iana’s mem­ory was im­pres­sively sharp and she loved re­gal­ing vis­i­tors with sto­ries of her life in Italy and her ex­pe­ri­ence of com­ing to Canada as a young woman. Lis­ten­ers were of­ten amazed at her abil­ity to re­call names, dates and other de­tails with sur­pris­ing speed and ac­cu­racy. At the age of 90, she even re­quested to stand and make a speech at her grand­son’s wed­ding re­cep­tion, which she pro­ceeded to do with hu­mour and elo­quence.

Proudly in­de­pen­dent, Bib­iana con­tin­ued to live in her Gunn Street home af­ter the death of her hus­band in 1990 – right up un­til Septem­ber 2016, when she gra­ciously de­cided the time had come to ac­cept a space at Har­bour­stone. Here she em­braced new friends and a new com­mu­nity with her usual en­thu­si­asm and good cheer.

Through­out her fi­nal months, she faced her ill­ness and ul­ti­mately death it­self with courage, faith, and sheer de­ter­mi­na­tion. And as al­ways, she did it her way.

Bib­iana is sur­vived by her chil­dren, Blaise (Ros­alind), Do­minic (Aileen) and Vin­cenza (Vincey) De­laney (Cliff ); her grand­chil­dren, Gina Goduto, Domenica Goduto (Scott), Don Carlo Goduto (Larissa), Matthew De­laney, David De­laney and Jonathan De­laney; her great-grand­son, Hunter Goduto; her brother, An­drew Emanuele; sis­ter, Rose DiSan­tis; sis­ter-in-law, An­gelina Goduto and many nieces and neph­ews.

Be­sides her par­ents, she was pre­de­ceased by her hus­band, Al­fredo; her baby sis­ter, Josephine; her sis­ter-in-law, Lucy Emanuele and brother-in-law, Pat DiSan­tis.

There will be no visi­ta­tion. A funeral mass will be held at Holy Redeemer Church, Whit­ney Pier on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 4, at 10 a.m. with Rev. Paul Mur­phy of­fi­ci­at­ing. The fam­ily will re­ceive vis­i­tors at a re­cep­tion to be held in the Whit­ney Pier Le­gion im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing the funeral. Me­mo­rial do­na­tions may be made to the Cape Bre­ton Can­cer Cen­ter, the Holy Redeemer Build­ing Fund, or char­ity of one’s choice.

On­line con­do­lences may be sent by vis­it­ing www.twcurry. com.

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