Fazio, Venera, (Dec. 21, 2017)

Tuesday July 2, 1946- Thursday December 21, 2017
Venera passed away peacefully at the age of 71 at home with her family at her side. She was predeceased by her parents Rosario and Carmela Fazio and her youngest brother, Jackie. She will be lovingly remembered by Dwayne O’Neill, her husband of 43 years; her children Natasha (Nick) and Steven (Lacey); her granddaughter Alice; and her sister Mary (Robert) and her brother Dominic (Valcina).
Venera was born in Bafia, Sicily, and at age 5 she migrated with her family to Dundas, Ontario. She had several careers, from laboratory technician to social worker to writer and literary editor, and with her family lived in places from coast to coast. Venera was one of the key members of the Association of Italian Canadian Writers, and was honoured for her contributions to the Italian-Canadian writing community. She co-edited several anthologies and published her own book of poetry. She was an amazing cook and a talented quilter. Venera enjoyed travelling to her home village, spending time with people she loved, and long walks along the shores of Lake Huron.
Honoured and loved by her family and friends, Venera will be in our thoughts and hearts and will be missed every day.

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