RONCAN – Maria Maddalena OAM (née Sonego)

Born on November 11, 1922. Passed away May 7, 2020.

Passed away peacefully at LRH on the 7th of May 2020 aged 97.5

Loved wife of Francesco (Dec).

Much loved mother and mother in law of Alan, Eleanor and Terry, and Frankie (Dec).

Loved Nonna of Matthew and Nadine, Carly and Matty.

Loved Biz Nonna of Jayde, Lucas, Isaac, and Olivia.

Loved and always remembered.

Reunited with Dad and Frankie.



Funeral Notice
Latrobe Valley Funeral Services 6 Ollerton Avenue , Moe
A Service to Celebrate the life of

Mrs. Maria Roncan OAM will be live streamed from Latrobe Valley Funeral Services Chapel, in  Moe on Wednesday (13th May 2020) commencing at 11am.

To view the Funeral Service, please click here
  1. Dear Mrs Roncan, thankyou for being the shining light, the gentle friend and an irrepressible example of laughter and guidance to my mum, and to my brother and sister and me in those momentous days of growing up in The valley. We will always love you..Ken Greenhill

    Ken Greenhill May 8, 2020
  2. To Alan and Eleanor,,,your mum brought so much love and joy to those that knew her. Your mother was always there for my mum through the good days and the sad ones when mum was in treatment for cancer or at home needing a friend. Mum could always rely on you,, and our family will never forget what you did for us and our mum. RIP Mrs Roncan. Phil Greenhill.

    Philip Greenhill May 10, 2020
  3. Condolences from Susan and Manfred Beilharz to the family.
    A life full full of achievement and positivity.

    Assoc.Prof. Manfred Beilharz May 10, 2020
  4. Sincere condolences to Alan and Eleanor and family.
    Maria was a sweet soul and a faithfully loving mother to her three children.
    It was truly an honour to know her.

    Dermot and Stephanie Daley May 12, 2020
  5. Condolences to Alan, Eleanor and families from Martin and Joanne Beilharz and family.
    A truly remarkable women.

    Martin Beilharz May 12, 2020
  6. Sentite condoglianze a Eleanor, fratelli e famiglia tutta.
    Vi siamo vicini.

    Puos d’Alpago (Belluno)

    Martina e Luciano Sonego

    Luciano Sonego May 13, 2020
  7. Love from Monica and all Jim’s family

    Monica Sonego May 13, 2020
  8. To Alan and Eleanor.
    Our sincere sympathy on the passing of dear Maria. We will remember Maria for always being a loving, kind, caring and beautiful lady. Rest In Peace Maria.

    Garry and Irene Sonego.

    Garry & Irene Sonego. May 13, 2020
  9. Maria.

    Goodbye our dear friend.

    Our journey together in Australia will always remain treasured.

    Love to Allan, Elenore and families.

    Our thoughts are with you all.

    Ida Calvi
    Maria Calvi
    Teresina Zagami
    and families. xx

    Terese Bartlett May 13, 2020
  10. I was very sad to hear of Mrs Roncan’s passing. She was very influential and had a significant impact upon my life and choice of career. I often think about her when I go about my work and how my connection with her and Frankie was pivotal in my life directions.

    Heather Watson May 13, 2020
  11. A lovely and determined lady who entrusted Franky to my class at Newborough East PS as he was beginning his education in pre-integration/special needs program days. Both of them are remembered with great fondness. Margaret Gaulton

    Margaret Gaulton May 13, 2020
  12. Dear Maria, dearly loved special friend who will be in our hearts forever. Rest in peace Maria. Our condolences to Alan, Eleanor, Terry and families.
    Margaret & Marcello Brecely and family

    Margaret & Marcello Brecely May 13, 2020
  13. Alan, Eleanor & Terry, we will always remember Maria for her irrepressible spirit, her ability to be a just & fair voice speaking up for the rights of people with disabilities & for her wonderful sense of humour.

    Jen Morrison May 13, 2020
  14. A beautiful lady that was a good friend to my mother when they were founding members of Moe & District Friends of the Disabled. Maria the love you showed to all who attended events was evident and I am so glad that you were so good to my mum and Ian but also to me. You taught me so much. I will never forget the part you and the adorable Frankie played in my life. Rest easy now with your boy. xx

    Janine Horter May 13, 2020
  15. Mum, we will miss you immensely and will always appreciate your love, care and support and Terry and I will never forget you, you will always be in our hearts. We are happy knowing that you are catching up with Dad and Frankie.
    Lots of love
    Eleanor and Terry

    ELEANOR ROBINSON May 13, 2020
  16. I extend my most heartfelt sympathy to Alan, Eleanor, Terry and family. Our beautiful cousin Maria touched all our lives in so many ways and I, for one, owe my career as an education support teacher and coordinator in mainstream schools to her, as her passion for inclusion made such a profound impression on me. Maria was most loving and kind and treasured her extended family, both here and in Italy. I will miss my dear friend. Rest In Peace, Maria. xxx

    Robyn Wolstenholme May 13, 2020
  17. How I am going to miss our one and half hour chats on the phone!!! Will miss you Maria.
    Ciao bella. Cousin Marilena

    Marilena Page May 13, 2020
  18. I met (through the Net) Maria only in September 2017 on the occasion of a mournful event. I discovered a wonderful person, intelligent, affectionate and linked not only to his closest affections, but also those of his origins in Italy. From that date we exchanged messages and some photos on the occasion of anniversaries or family events. It was a great pain to receive the news of his death. I’ve watched the video of the funeral ceremony, and I’ve appreciated it very much. The simplicity, the choice of images, the songs, and the commemorative text of Eleanor who whas able to tell Maria’s life in a few minutes, an intense, full and uncommon life that lasted almost a century. Maria will be in the memory of the many people who have loved her and who have known her. And it will be a sweet memory. My thoughts are close to you all.

    Giovanni Sonego - Modena, Italy May 13, 2020