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NELLA D'IGNAZIO
(nee MARINELLI)

August 20, 1931-November 23, 2022


On November 23 at 12:31pm, Ma left this earth with her daughter by her side. We are thankful for the life of Nella and all she did for our families and others. We find comfort knowing that she is now with Jesus and her dear husband.  
Ma was predeceased by her husband Mario and many relatives.
Ma was born in San Giorgio Di Crognaleto on August 20, 1931. She was an intelligent person with minimal education. At a young age, she started working in Rome. After marrying Mario, they moved to Winnipeg with their newborn Donatella to start a better life.
Nella had many jobs, but her favourite was working at Eaton's. She had an affinity for real estate, especially buying homes.
What Ma lacked in stature; she made up for with her dynamic personality. Ma was determined, direct, fierce, a fighter, and fearless. No matter what obstacle life threw her way, she never gave up. She left a lasting impression on everyone she met.
Ma and Pa worked tirelessly to support their family. This includes Donatella (Claudio), Marcello (Marcia), Liana (Tony) and grandchildren Kristian (Courtney), Matthew, Peyton, Melisa, Luca, Luca, and Nico. Her grandchildren were her greatest joys.
Ma's interests included cooking, baking, music, dancing, needlepoint, shopping, gardening, sports, and knitting. 
Ma had wonderful caregivers, Romieliza and Mary Jane. They were angels that supported Nella.
We would like to thank the compassionate care at St. Boniface Hospital and the staff on the 5th Floor. Your care was appreciated during this difficult time. You made our mother's passing a peaceful one and we are forever grateful.
Pallbearers will be Tony, Kristian, Matthew, Luca, Nico, John, and Carlo. 
A private family funeral will be held to celebrate Ma's life.
Please consider a donation to St. Boniface Hospital or a charity of your choice


Mother In Heaven Poem
If roses grow in Heaven, Lord,
Please pick a bunch for me.
Place them in my Mother's arms
And tell her they're from me.
Tell her that I love and miss her,
And when she turns to smile,
Place a kiss upon her cheek,
And hold her for a while.
Because remembering her is easy,
I do it everyday,
But there's an ache within my heart
That will never go away.


Make a donation to St. Boniface Hospital Foundation

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 01, 2022

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • Dearest Dona, Marcello, Liana and families, Please accept our most sincere condolences on the passing of your beautiful and gifted mother, mother-in-law, nonna, zia and friend. Your mother was a gem to all who crossed her path. Her tomato gardens grew larger and larger each year. Her hands were in constant motion cooking meals, baking cookies, knitting sweaters for all and even doll clothes, crocheting blankets or needlepointing the Virgin Mary. But most of all, she had a unique connection to people and when she saw a need would fill it. To have known your mother my whole life was such a privilege that gave me so much comfort and joy. Her ability to remember dates and names was astounding. The opportunity to sit and listen to her stories is a memory I will hold dearest in my heart. I was so proud to call her Zia. Wishing you all strength and peace as you journey through this very difficult time. All our love, Anna and family - Posted by: Anna Marinelli (niece) on: Dec 06, 2022

  • I’m truly sorry for you and your family. Praying for you to have peace during this difficult time. - Posted by: Darlene Dupuis (Friend ) on: Dec 02, 2022

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time Liana and Tony and family. Memories will bring comfort and support thru time. Un forte abbraccio a tutti voi. - Posted by: Mary and Tom Scerbo (cousins) on: Dec 01, 2022

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