Elena Savaria Maida
October 24, 1929 – April 3, 2013
Elena Savaria Porco was born on October 24, 1929 to Dominico and Fortunata Porco in Aprigliano, Italy. Elena spent her young adult life in Italy studying tailoring. In 1956, she immigrated to Canada to join her father and two brothers. Upon arriving in Nelson she was reunited with the love of her life, Leonardo Maida. They were married on July 5, 1958. Elena raised four children and was a loving mother, wife and sister. She enjoyed spending her days cooking and cleaning, and having afternoon coffee with her sisters and sisters in-law. The apple of Elena’s eye were her beautiful grandchildren, Lauren, Krista, Michael and Caitlyn. She radiated with a grandmother’s pride for all their many accomplishments. We will all lovingly remember our mother, sister and friend Elena, and her peaceful loving smile.
Elena is survived by her four children, Virginia (Peter) Muirhead, Gioconda (Grant) Gordon, Tina (Corey) Viala and Rick (Tammy) Maida, her four grandchildren Lauren Viala, Michael Viala, Krista Maida, Caitlyn Maida, her sister Inez Piro, brother Gabriel Porco (Teresa), brother Mario Porco, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Leonardo, parents Fortunata and Dominico Porco, and her sister Ada Porco.
The family would like to thank the third floor nursing staff at Kootenay Lake Hospital, Dr. DeKoeker, Dr. Van Der Vyver, Dr. R. Janz and Dr. Reinecke.
Prayer vigil will be recited on the 8th of April at 7:00 pm from the Cathedral of Mary Immaculate and will continue on Tuesday, April 9th with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am with Father Jim Ratcliffe as Celebrant. Entombment will follow in the Nelson Mausoleum.