MARIANI, Arlene Yvon (nee Kraft)

July 25, 1938 – July 13, 2014

Arlene passed away at home after a lengthy illness, and with a broken heart after the tragic death of her much loved son Mark Anthony. Arlene, the beloved wife of Norberto, mother of Katherine (Clair) Weltzin, Robert and Dino (Michelle) Mariani. Beloved grandmother of Nikolas (Megan King), Stefan & Sandrine Weltzin. She is also survived by her sisters; Gloria Kraft (Helen) of Peachland, BC, Patricia Smith of Calgary, and her brother William (Brenda) Kraft of Saskatoon, SK, as well as numerous family & friends. Mom was born in Calgary at the General Hospital and grew up in Riverside before moving to Bowness, where as a teenager her first job was at a concession stand at Bowness Park. After she graduated from school, she took a job at Picardy’s at the lunch counter in downtown Calgary, and then in the Still Room at the Palliser Hotel. Here she met the love of her life, Dad. Just before they married in 1957, Mom was employed by Eaton’s as a waitress. In 1959 they moved their young family to the Crossroads Community where they forged many lifelong friendships as we kids were growing up. It was also around this time Dad & Mom stated their first restaurant at the New Noble Hotel (Hotel Arts), soon to be followed by restaurant #2, Bertino’s Steak House on 16th Avenue. For 26 years the staff and customers became a part of our family. Some of those friendships remain today. Mom was the ultimate people person, and she enjoyed working with the public. Mom loved to revel, taking her small family to Kelowna for summer vacations over an 18 year span, where she drove the family boat like she was at the Indy 500. During those great summers on the lake, she helped Dad teach all the kids at the resort how to water ski. Then there were her many trips to Las Vegas to see her favorite entertainer Wayne Newton and the many family trips to Europe. In 1976 Mom & Dad built their dream house in Bearspaw. Wherever it was, Mom always made it fun. She was a great competitor, whether it be driving, decorating her house, playing cards, bowling or being a prankster. She was a great hostess and it showed in the pride she had for her home & family.

Mom’s health declined faster after Mark’s death, and she was hospitalized often. Last year the family endured 2 trials that literally took the life out of her, and finally Mom could not bear the pain of losing one of her children anymore. Rest peacefully in God’s loving arms Mom, you are with your boy now.
A very special thank you to her friends Louise Bonamici, and Tracey Hill as well as the Mariani, King & Semenoff Families for the Love and Support given to Mom these past months while the family was away. Also to the Home Care Team that attended to her needs these past few years. You are all angels.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Luke’s Catholic Church, (1566 Northmount Drive, N.W. Calgary), on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 11:00 A.M.

If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Arlene’s memory may be made to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, #3100 – 246 Stewart Green S.W., Calgary Alberta T3H 3C8,
or the The Heart & Stoke Foundation of Alberta, 100 – 119 – 14th Street NW, Calgary, Alberta T2N 1Z6

  1. On 18/07/2014 at 11:31 am Mike and Marilyn Barbero Said:

    To Bob and Family
    We were so very sorry to hear of Arlene’s passing. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. God Bless!
    Mike, Marilyn, Michael, Andrew Barbero

  2. On 18/07/2014 at 12:02 pm Barb Herrmann Said:

    Kathy and family;

    I was so saddened and shocked from your call that I received regarding the sudden passing of your Mom. It is said time is the greatest healer but at times like this friends always share the sorrow and pain that you all feel, and I truly feel your pain and sorrow having lost my Mother.

    No one person will truly understand the magnitude of pain and sorrow your Mom has dealt with after loosing her son. She is no longer in pain and God has taken one more angel to heaven where she will be with her Son now.

    I remember sitting around the kitchen table at your Mom’s place while she had her coffee with a jug of milk on the table and we would sit and talk about anything and everything for hours on end. Her home was always open to anyone and she always made me feel very comfortable and as part of the family.

    She was a very proud Mother of her children and grandchildren. Family dinners and great conversations was something she looked so forward too.

    I will always remember her laughter and never ending smile as well as her caring ways she showed to all she came in contact with.

    My thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone one you during this difficult time.

    She is at peace now and we will meet again.

    Sincere Condolences,

  3. On 20/07/2014 at 9:02 am Sue clark- oucharek And Family Said:

    Sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. Sue Clark and family and also
    my mom Sharon and Danny Oucharek

  4. On 21/07/2014 at 7:51 am Harry & Peggy Laycock Said:

    To the Mariani family.
    Our sincere sympathy to all of you in the loss of Arlene. A sad loss for all the family.
    Sincerely Harry and Peggy Laycock and family

  5. On 22/07/2014 at 8:27 am SERGIO LAPORTA Said:


  6. On 28/07/2014 at 12:18 pm Brian Rogers Said:

    Our sincere condolences. we go back along time and were pleased to enjoy the warm hospitality of Arlene and Bob over the years. Bob and family stay strong and please know that you are cared about by so many people.
    Warm regards
    Brian and Gayla Rogers

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