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The Service

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45 comments on “Drago Family”

  1. Dear Rosie, Valentina and Joe,

    I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Maria. I have such wonderful memories of your beautiful mother from when I was a carer with Manningham Council. She had a truly wicked sense of humour and I looked forward to her “naughty” cake! We had many a good laugh.

    The following is an excerpt of a poem from a novel by Nicholas Evans:

    “When you walk the woods where once we walked together
    And scan in vain the dappled bank beside you for my shadow,
    Or pause where we always did upon the hill to gaze across the land,
    And spotting something, reach by habit for my hand,
    And finding none, feel sorrow start to steal upon you,
    Be still.
    Close your eyes.
    Listen for my footfall in your heart.
    I am not gone but merely walk within you.”

    Thank you for the opportunity of sharing in Maria’s funeral service. My love and sincere condolences to all of you and your families.
    Lisa Smith

  2. Reposi in pace signora Maria, now at peace in God’s care. It was a beautiful Mass, the poem, words spoken and photos were very touching and a celebration of a long life well lived. Sending our love to you all. Enzo and Vicki.

  3. A beautiful goodbye to a beautiful Maria, our hearts are full of wonderful memories from when we arrived in Australia and then shared a house in Northcote together. Maria’s jokes and stories will always be remembered.
    Condolences to Joe , Rosie and Val and all their families
    RIP Maria God Bless you are now with your Agostino

    1. Thank you Denise and Tony. Your history with the Drago family goes back a long way. Many happy memories to be cherished…Joe and Jenny

  4. Thank-you for allowing me to share in the celebration of the life of Maria. An extraordinary lady leaving a remarkable legacy.

    RIP Maria.

  5. Dear Rosie, Val and Joe thank you so much for allowing us all at Assisi to be part of Maria’s beautiful service and for allowing us to say goodbye to your lovely mum. Go gently and stay well. With all our love at Assisi Aged Care.

    1. Maria, we were very happy to be able to share Maria’s farewell Mass with all her wonderful friends at Assisi. She treasured her 5 years at the Centre. Thank you. Joe and Jenny Drago

  6. Condolences Joe and all the Drago family.
    Under normal circumstances Nonna would have been farewelled by a full congregation.
    A wonderful woman
    A wonderful life

  7. A beautiful Mass to commemorate an extraordinary lady.
    We didn’t unfortunately ever meet Maria but through Joseph’s eulogy, the beautiful singing and Father’s words gleaned an insight into Maria’s life.
    A Matriarch who indeed has left an amazing legacy behind her.
    Many messages for us all, An incredible marriage of 60 years.
    Thank God for our faith and our belief that in a life lived to the best of our ability, even in spite of great difficulty, we will meet again. Bravo!

    1. Thank you Teresa and Patrick for the your very kind thoughts, Maria was an inspiration to us all. Joe and Jenny

  8. A life well lived, the service was great to watch.Good job, family, Maria would be so proud of you all. Three children, Ten grandchildren and Thirteen great grand children……
    that would have cost her at Christmas.

    1. Very happy that you could join us Luciano. Our Christmas will be different now but Maria will always be with us in spirit. Thank you. Joe and Jenny Drago

  9. A beautiful Requiem Mass. A time shared personally by some immediate family and presented for so well for us all to participate. May God bless Maria and all those who loved her.

    1. Thank you very much Chris and John for joining us for nonna’sMass. Joe and Jenny

  10. A very touching service for your beautiful Mum, Nonna and bisnonna. God bless her.
    We were there with, thank you for allowing us to say goodbye to our dear friend Maria.
    Love George and Marisa

  11. A lovely way to send off a funny and vivacious woman. Beautiful photo montage and wonderful Eulogy from Joe. Sending love xo

  12. Thank you for enabling us to share in this beautiful farewell for Maria. So glad to be able to pray with those who knew and loved Maria. My sympathy to all the family.
    Maria truly was an admirable, remarkable woman I got to know and admire during her years at the CoAsIt Day Centre at Rosanna.
    Rest in peace, Maria.
    Sr Silvia Campo

  13. Thank you for allowing us to be able to say goodbye. It was a beautiful service. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  14. We were very touched and impressed by this beautifully crafted and conducted service. Thank you for the opportunity to join you online, and our warmest condolences to the whole family.

    Ros Black and Tony Cerra

  15. Deepest Sympathy to the Drago Family.
    Maria, an amazing lady who will be sadly missed. RIP dear friend,
    Frank & Ketti Pezzin.

  16. Thank you for sharing – it is a privilege to be able to be with you all in spirit and to say goodbye

    (dedicated to all mothers)

    at the Awakening of the morning
    I am thanking you, my mother

    So that as a little girl
    I would dearly wish to return

    and running about the kitchen and
    in order to be of some help

    when you were happy and contented
    my hair you loved to caress

    Which were curly and very beautiful
    And a sweet smile you gave me

    these memories of times
    now gone and past

    But the love of ones mother
    has stayed with me forever

    next to you I loved to sit
    each morning praying with you

    squeezing me, you rocked me gently
    The ninna-nanna you sang
    So sweetly my mother

    and now my dearest mother
    you are here in my heart

    where I remember you always
    with much affection and love

    Written on Mother’s Day, 2003
    Maria Drago; aged 85

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