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Graziella Vander Baaren

Graziella Vander Baaren (Garofalo)

Thursday, July 31st, 1969 - Saturday, July 20th, 2019
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Graziella Vander Baaren
July 31, 1969 – July 20, 2019

After a long battle with cancer, Graziella Vander Baaren (nee Garofalo) passed away peacefully on July 20, 2019 at Lakeridge Health Oshawa. Born in Kingston Ontario to her parents John and Maria Garofalo on July 31st, 1969. Wife of Tony, and loving mother to Justin, and his wife Valerie, Samuel, John and Veronica. Lovingly remembered by her brother and sister Francesco (Michelle) and Phillis Kelly. Fondly remembered by her many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

As original owners of snapd Oshawa and snapd Whitby, Graziella, along with Tony, were able to share over 24,000 local positive events in their areas. Serving as a Chairperson on snapd’s Franchise Advisory Board for many years, she helped influence the growth of the company and many of her ideas are still used today in snapds across Canada. Graziella was also a proud recipient of the Small Business award presented by the Oshawa Chamber of Commerce in 2006. In the short time that she was in Oshawa, she made many friends, enjoyed attending a multitude of events, taking photos and contributing to a better place to live and raise a family. Her grace, spirit and strength will resonate throughout this community for years to come.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at Armstrong Funeral Home at 124 King St E., Oshawa, ON from 4pm to 7pm. As well as in her hometown of Kingston at James Reid Funeral Home, 1900 John Counter Blvd on Thursday, July 25, 2019 from 4pm to 8pm. Funeral Mass to be held on Friday, July 26, 2019 at 11am at Our Lady of Lourdes Church at 490 Days Road, Kingston, ON and follow by interment at St. Mary’s Cemetery at 718 Division Street, Kingston, ON.

To fulfill Graziella’s wishes, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations in her memory can be made to St. Gertrude’s Parish in Oshawa and /or Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Kingston.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, July 24th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, July 24th, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Armstrong Funeral Home
    Address
    124 King Street East
    Oshawa, Ontario L1H 1B6
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  • Second Visitation

    Thursday, July 25th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Thursday, July 25th, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    James Reid Funeral Home
    Address
    1900 John Counter Blvd
    Kingston, Ontario K7M 7H3
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  • Mass

    Friday, July 26th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Friday, July 26th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Our Lady of Lourdes Church
    Address
    490 Days Road
    Kingston, ON
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    Officiant
    Fr. J.J. Brennan
  • Interment

    Friday, July 26th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    When
    Friday, July 26th, 2019 12:00pm
    Location
    St. Mary's Cemetery
    Address
    718 Division Street
    Kingston, ON
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  • Reception

    Friday, July 26th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    When
    Friday, July 26th, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Location
    James Reid Funeral Home
    Address
    1900 John Counter Blvd
    Kingston, Ontario K7M 7H3
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Lindsay Holman

Posted at 10:19pm
Tony and family, so very sorry to hear of your loss. My deepest condolences at this difficult time.
Lindsay Holman
TJ

Terry Jeyes

Posted at 03:34pm
I wish I had the words to lighten your agony but sometimes words are just not enough. Please accept my deepest condolences and know you are on my mind.
GH

Greg Hickey

Posted at 06:31pm
I am so sorry for your loss. As the teacher of all four VanderBaaren children at Mother Teresa I had many chances to talk with Graziella and remember a warm and positive person. My thoughts are with you at this challenging time.

Greg Hickey
LF

Love your snapd family

Posted at 01:43pm
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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Jodi Flanagan

Posted at 04:53am
Friends for 35 years, just can not imagine that she is gone. I have been flooded with memories over the last few weeks; like ironing her hair with a clothes iron (!), eating with her big family in the basement, the opera that her dad played, high school prom with her big puffy sleeve blue dress and my brother as her escort, the movie she made in college, visiting in Courtice when she had 3 little boys who lined up their trucks perfectly at the wall, talking over dinner about how she was going to handle a fourth! And then, in these last years trying to talk about anything other than cancer. How does anyone manage more than 6 years of this terrible battle? What grace, pride, strength, unwavering determination - the world needs more of Graziella, not less. How honoured I have been to say we are friends - blessings. And Tony - my business partner and friend. I am consistently and always impressed and in awe of your dedication to your bride and the respect you have for each other. My heart breaks for you and the children, the whole family will forever miss having her at their side. My deepest and heartfelt condolences go to the entire family. Although I will not be able to attend the formal services I will be there in spirit and please know how terribly sorry I am to not be able to attend. I plan to be there as a support and friend for days, months and years to come. Prayers and love, Jodi Flanagan
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