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Nicolina BAVA
Père : Franceso Bava
Mère : Rosa
Décès le : 2008-12-12
Parution : 2008-12-15
Paru dans : The Chronicle-Journal, Thunder Bay, ON

GAROFALO, Nicolina 2008-12-15 Mrs. Nicolina Garofalo, age 68 years of Thunder Bay, passed away peacefully following a lengthy illness, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, on Friday December 12th, 2008. Nicolina or "Nicky" as she was known to many, was an extraordinary woman and a bright light to all that knew her, especially so in her younger years, as she would have liked to be remembered. Her vibrancy and joy made an impact on so many lives, particularly on those of her husband Mike & three daughters Alfie, RoseMarie and Bianca. Nicolina was born in 1940 in Brognaturo, Italy in the province of Catanzaro, to Franceso & Rosa Bava. Nicky immigrated to Canada, along with her father in 1955. In her first few years in Thunder Bay she was employed at St. Joseph’s Hospital. She always recalled that time in her life fondly. She was embraced by all that knew her including the sisterhood of nuns that helped teach her English. It was also during this time that she was spotted walking to work by the love of her life and future husband, Michael Garofalo. Mike and Nicky were married on April 19th, 1958 at St. Anthony’s Church. Their love and passion remained strong throughout their marriage and they celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary this past April surrounded by their children and grand-children. Mike & Nicky were blessed with three loving daughters, Alfie, RoseMarie and Bianca and four beautiful grand-children, Sierra, Luke, Jack & Charlie. Nicky’s greatest pride in life was being a mother and homemaker to her family which she excelled in. Before her illness, Nicky was always full of energy, a gracious hostess and a spit-fire conversationalist. Her perky and quick-witted personality was enjoyed by all that knew her but especially had an impact on her three daughters that aspired to be like her when they grew up. Nicky had a great love of gardening and maintained her yard meticulously until falling ill; after which "very" precise instructions were passed to her husband Mike. Nicky also greatly enjoyed music and movies and had an immense love for animals. Nicky will be lovingly remembered always by her husband Mike, daughters Alfie (Domenic Galati), RoseMarie (Gino) Mancusa, Bianca (Britten) Barten, four grand-children, Sierra, Luke, Jack and Charlie. Brother Gregory (Domenica) Bava, sister Consolata (in Italy) and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Nicky was predeceased by her father Franceso, mother Rosa, brother Raffaele, sister Francesa (in infancy), nephew Bruno, sister-in-law Pierina, brother-in-law Carmine, brother-in-law Tony, mother-in-law Erfida and father-in-law Santo. Funeral Services for the late Mrs. Nicolina Garofalo will be held on Wednesday December 17th, 2008 leaving the HARBOURVIEW FUNERAL CENTRE at 11:40 AM to go to Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church for the Mass at 12:00 NOON celebrated by Rev. Richard Kowalchuk. Entombment will follow in Our Lady of Charity Mausoleum, St. Andrew‘s Catholic Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be held on Tuesday December 16th, 2008 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM in the Harbourview Funeral Centre with Vigil Prayers being offered at 7:00 PM. If friends so desire, donations may be made in Nicky’s memory to the Thunder Bay District Humane Society or Toys for Tots. Though you cannot see or touch me, I will be near And if you listen with your heart, you will hear. All of my love around you, soft and clear. Then when you must come this way alone, I will greet you with a smile and a welcome home. On-Line Condolences may be offered at www.harbourviewfuneral.ca

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