Maria Bettello

Obituary of Maria Bettello

Peacefully, in her 97th year, it is with heavy hearts that the family of Maria (Franceschini) Bettello mourns her passing at the F.J. Davey Home on Tuesday, June 2, 2021. Predeceased in 2012, by her husband of 62 years, Luigi. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Franca Marks and her husband, Greg, John Bettello and his wife, Phyllis. Adored Nonna of Allison Hallam (Gary), Danielle Marks (Jean–Pierre), Andrea Tsoulogiannis (Peter) and Mark Bettello (Caitlin).  Cherished Bis-Nonna of Lucas and Milena Hallam, Margot and Amélie Galipeault, and Penelope Tsoulogiannis.  She is survived by her sister, Norma (Franceschini) Pozzebon of Asti, Italy along with numerous nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her 5 sisters and 6 brothers.


Maria was born in 1924 in Cusignana, Veneto, Italy and immigrated to Canada in 1955. She loved gardening, cooking for her family, making popcorn and playing Yahtzee with her grandchildren, playing cards and especially enjoyed winning against Greg. Her family will also miss Maria’s quips and wisdom, affectionately dubbed “Nonna-isms” and her desire to always be the last person to leave a party.  A resident of Gravelle Street for 60 years, she became lifelong friends with her neighbours and was grateful for their support and affection.

Due to covid restrictions, a private family service will be held at Northwood Funeral Home Cremation and Reception Centre (942 Great Northern Rd, 705-945-7758) on Monday June 7, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. with Father Pat Woods officiating. The service will stream live through the Northwood Funeral Home Facebook page at Simply be on Northwood Funeral Home’s Facebook home page at 1:30 p.m. and the video will appear when the service begins. Interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Sault Area Hospital Foundation in memory of Maria would be appreciated by the family. Maria’s family would like to express their sincere thanks to Dr. Edward Hirvi and the care team of first floor Birch Lane at the Davey Home for their care and compassion.