John Giovanni and Maria Lizzi were married in the Province of Udine, Italy, December 21, 1918. They left for Canada April 26, 1921, with daughter Elda, arriving in Quebec May 7, 1921. From here they travelled by train to Lethbridge, and then to Coalhurst.
John worked on the C.P.R. for a short time, where a young chap tried teaching him the English language.
The following summer John had an attack of malaria. To overcome this he spent one summer working on a farm at Lac La Biche where the outdoors and good wholesome milk helped, and he fully recovered. From then until the mine explosion he worked in the mine. He belonged to the 0. 1. E D. I., which was the Italian Lodge, in which he held executive positions. He also sang in the Italian Choir. After the explosion he worked for one winter in a Drumheller mine, then returned to Coalhurst, and in 1937 moved to Lethbridge.
Maria remained a good homemaker, was an excellent seamstress, and did some dressmaking for others. While in Lethbridge she was noted for her spaghetti dinners, especially for a son's friends. A son Nino, was bom in 1923, but had died in infancy, as had a son born in Italy.
After moving to Lethbridge John worked at the Royal View Mine for several years, and when that closed he gained employment at the Southern Alberta Co-op as a warehouse man. He worked there until his heart attack (at work) in 1961. John and Maria lived in their home on Seventh Avenue north until his health forced them to sell their home and move into the Golden Acres Lodge. John passed away October 26, 1973. Maria enjoyed good health until April, 1972, when she had the misfortune of being a "knocked down pedestrian" while in a crosswalk. She was hospitalized for nearly four months. As she was unable to maintain her household duties, it was then that they moved to the Lodge, where she remained until she passed away, May 8, 1976.
This takes care of the Lizzi family, just a small outline, but just enough to be included in the History of Coalhurst.
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