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Joseph Saccardo and
Fiorina Gardin Saccardo

Our Treasured Heritage
A History of Coalhurst and District
Pages 502-503
by Norma Matisz

Joseph Saccardo (Sept. 24, 1893 - Jan. 10, 1965). Fiorina Saccardo, nee Gardin (June 13, 1900 July 20, 1981).

Joseph Saccardo was born Sept. 24, 1893 in Riese, Treviso, Italy. He immigrated to Lethbridge in 1912, following the settling of his sister, Theresa Pavan. Work was found in the No. 3 mine. He was employed with them for approximately three years. at which time he moved on to Coalhurst. The year was 1915, work was then found in the Coalhurst mine.

in December, 1922, Joseph went back to Italy for a one month visit, which was instrumental for his future bride-to-be, Fiorina Gardin. Florina was born June 13, 1900 in Riese, Treviso, Itay. Once back in Coalhurst, Joseph sent for Florina in May, 1923. She arrived in June, 1923 and thev were married in St. Platrick's Church in Lethbridge on June 27, 1923. They then continued to reside in Coalhurst and had a family of three children. The family resided in Coalhurst until October, 1936 which followed the explosion of the Coalhurst Mine. They then moved to Lethbridge.

Once in Lethbridge. Joseph found work at Royal View Mine. He was employed with them for only a few short years upon becoming ill, he was no longer able to work as a miner. Upon improved health, work was found at Catelli Foods, at which he was employed until his retirement. Once retired. he spent many hours in the garden, something he truly enjoyed. He passed away, January 10, 1965 at the age of seventy-one.

Fiorina continued living in Lethbridge and carried on with all the gardening chores which she also enjoyed. She also enjoyed cooking and many handicrafts at which she was so adept. Both Joseph and Fiorina thoroughly enjoyed and took time with their six grandchildren and the great-grandchildren that later followed, Fiorina passed away July 20, 1981 at the age of eighty-one.

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