It is with love and sadness that the family announces the very sudden passing of Luigi D’Agnone in a single vehicle accident early Sunday morning, March 19, 2023, south of Taber. Luigi was born in Italy on May 30th, 1941. Luigi came to the Readymade/Wrentham area of Canada with his parents and 7 siblings in 1948 from Civitanova Del Sanrio Provincial Compbassa, Italy. His paternal grandparents, Nickolas and Maria D’Agnone were already living and farming in Southern Alberta and terribly missed their only son and his family. The family had generations of farmers in Italy and, of course, Luigi and his four brothers all became farmers in their new country of Canada. But not together - only Tony and Luigi farmed together. Lou is the 6th child of John and Filomena D’Agnone. He was predeceased by his wife Beverly May D’Agnone (by only a few hours), his parents, John and Filomena D’Agnone, brothers, Domenico, Nick, and Joe (Patricia), sisters, Mary Caruso (Joe) and Rosina Mucciaroni (Nick), and daughter Darcy Fujita (2022). He leaves to mourn his passing, son Robert D’Agnone, brother Tony (Laurie) D’Agnone, and sisters Delores (Phillip) Gurr and Amelia (Ken) Rollag, three grandchildren, Krista Shearer (Fredy Fuentes), Kourtney Fujita and Kassidy Fujita, 4 great grandchildren, Wyatt, Aiden, Greg and Jessica. Luigi attended the Wrentham School and graduated from St. Joseph’s High School in Lethbridge. After high school he took an electronics correspondence course through DeVry. Lou always knew that he wanted to farm and continued to do so until the time of his passing. Work was underway to be prepared for this springs seeding - grain was being sold and cleaned for planting and decisions being made for new machinery and necessary repairs. Until his Dad passed away, Luigi, Tony and John would all work in the shop at Judson DAGNONE IZING all sorts of tractors, equipment, repairs and household maintenance. They were proud of their accomplishments - but the shop work did not really continue after Johns passing. However, Tony, Rob and Lou did rebuild 3 Massey Ferguson 4-wheel drive tractors. As much as Lou loved the farm, he loved to spend free time at the Casino in Lethbridge. Back in the day, he was a regular at Leo Singers Men’s Wear private gambling room. Before Lou was married, he and some friends and brothers made fairly frequent trips to Las Vegas. Lou was always quick to show how thick his wallet was with his winnings and would flash those wads of bills. He bragged that he almost very seldom lost at cards. As a sidenote, Lou had a pocketful of casino chips in his pants when he passed away. Why are we not surprised? Lou also loved to garden and when he and Bev built their new house on the farm in 1986 they had a greenhouse incorporated into those plans. Lou spent many happy hours planting, weeding and fertilizing in that greenhouse. He had already started his tomato plants for this spring. As a young child Luigi played baseball at McGlenn’s Field, which was close to home. As an adult, Luigi was a hunter, wine maker, sausage maker, and an avid gambler. Before he was married, and after harvest, small communities had turkey shoots, and Lou won his fair share of frozen turkeys and hams. He was much more willing to gamble his money playing poker or 21 than he was willing to gamble in the stock market. Lou loved to track stocks on the TSE and other stock exchanges but tracked those stocks on paper - never quite taking the next step of actually putting his money into purchasing those stocks. Money and his bank accounts were very dear to his heart so when a stock fell, he lost only on paper, not real cash although sometimes it took a bit to get him to admit that. Luigi had a heart of gold and got the occasional nephew out of jail - their dads never needed to know. He could keep a secret - and did. Until the end.
BEVERLY MAY D’AGNONE
1946 ~ 2023
It is with deep sadness and love that we announce the passing of Beverly May D’Agnone in Lindenview, Taber on Sunday morning, March 19, 2023. She leaves to mourn her husband Luigi D’Agnone (deceased only couple of hours later), son, Robert D’Agnone and one brother Ed Sells. Also, three grandchildren, Krista (Fredy Fuentes), Kourtney Fujita and Kassidy Fujita, four great grandchildren, Aiden, Wyatt, Greg and Jessica. Bev was predeceased by her daughter, Darcy Fujita in July, 2022, and parents, Doreen and Robert Sells. Bev was born December 29th, 1946 in Lethbridge, Alberta. Bev was raised in Lethbridge. During her working career she worked for the Dept of Indian Affairs, KPMG as bookkeeper, Bob Copeland as a bookkeeper, and Lethbridge Casino as a dealer. If she and Lou were not already married, many would assume she met him there as Luigi truly loved to play cards his entire life. Luigi and Bev were married in November 1981 in Lethbridge. For Bev, moving to the farm at Judson, Alberta was natural. For many years, she raised every farm animal known, either for the kitchen table or to be a pet. She loved to cook meals for her family and extended family. And what meals they were! Sweet potato pie was a standard at family functions. She was a natural at baking too! She was our Dessert Queen who often did not eat her own baking. She and Lou made their own wine, and made deer, antelope or elk sausage from Lou’s hunting trips. After becoming comfortable with the seasons on the farm it was not very long before she had her driver’s license and she was off! Part time job at Lethbridge Casino, McGuires Men’s Wear, bookkeeping jobs here and there, and personal income tax returns for a select few. Next thing we knew, Bev and Lou were no longer sharing a truck, Bev had her own! Off to Taber or Lethbridge or Wrentham - a very busy farm wife raising two kids and taking care of their home and yard. She had time to volunteer with the Wrentham Library and curling bonspiels. Lou and Bev built a new home in the home yard in 1986 and Luigi often said that he had no plan for old age and the possibility of leaving his farm to live elsewhere never occurred to him. Bev was a traveller - she and her best friend Alice Cook took trips to Puerto Rico, New York City and Calgary and beyond. Bev was known to hire a limousine to take herself, Doreen, Alice, Darcy and sometimes the grandchildren to the theatre in Calgary. They saw Phantom of the Opera and Cats and a few more. Bev and Lou travelled around the USA but they preferred their times in Costa Rica with Rob and Brad. Bev also took a trip to Europe with Krista on a high school Easter trip. She quickly realized that she was too old to be doing that again with Kourtney and Kassidy. Bev, Krista, Kourtney and Kassidy joined the Catholic Church and the four of them were confirmed together. It was very important to Bev that these beloved grandchildren were confirmed in the church. The four of them had fun as well on these excursions to Taber. In the past few years as her mental health was deteriorating, she changed, Luigi, her kids and grandkids learned to adapt to the new person. It has been very difficult.
A Prayer Service will be held at 7:00 pm, on Sunday, March 26, 2023, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610, 4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, Alberta. To watch the Prayers via livestream, please go to https://www.mbfunerals.com/obituary/LuigiandBeverly-DAgnone and scroll to the bottom of the obituary page.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 am, on Monday, March 27, 2023, at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 12 Ave S, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Father Kevin Tumback, celebrant. To watch the Funeral Mass via livestream, please go to https://www.tikilive.com/channel/allsaintsparish and select Luigi and Beverly’s service.
Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.