Obituary of ANN CANTAFIO


December 18, 1940 - December 03, 2020

Ann Cantafio passed away peacefully of pancreatic cancer with family at her side at the St. Boniface Hospital on Thursday, December 3, 2020, at the age of 79 years.

Ann was born December 18, 1940 in East Selkirk where friend and family bonds began and lasted throughout her life. As a girl, Ann lived with family in the North End of Winnipeg and St. Boniface. Later, she worked in offices in East Selkirk and Winnipeg and lived with family in Transcona where she met her love, Tom Cantafio.  Ann married Tom on October 9, 1965.

 Ann's life centered around her family, neighbours and friends made through Tom's work and living in Transcona, her childrens' sports, and at Nutimik Lake. She enjoyed taking road trips with her family, gardening, and reading. However, the greatest enjoyment throughout her later years was being a Baba- she loved babysitting her grandchildren and later on seeing them perform at school and music events and cheering them on at their sporting events. Ann returned to school and work before retiring with Tom.  Ann was a breast cancer survivor.

Predeceased by her husband Tom, parents Mary and Peter Hrymak, sisters-in-law Mattea Altomare and Gilda Porco, brothers-in-law Carmine Altomare and Gabriel Porco, niece Lisa Hrymak and nephew Frank Altomare.

Ann leaves to cherish her memory, her three sons Blair (Suzanne), Dale (Gretchen) and Brent (Sonia); her six grandchildren Daniel, Emma, Noah, Dustin, Carter and Jack; brothers Danny (Gloria) and Peter; nephews, nieces and cousins in Canada and the United States.

We would like to thank Dr. Nadine Fontigny who provided excellent care throughout the years. As well, thanks to St. Boniface Hospital and the palliative and homecare teams that supported Ann. Special thanks to our family and friends for their love and support.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to CancerCare Manitoba.

A private service will be held on Friday, December 11, 2020 at 1:00pm, with interment to follow at Transcona Cemetery. A livestream of the service will be available at

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