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It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Vita Tinella on Sunday, March 22nd in her 93rd year. Devoted wife of Angelo (predeceased) and much loved mother of Terri (Bruce), John (Lori) and Peter. Adoring Nonna of Jacob, Gemma, Alyssa and Angelina. She leaves to mourn many cherished friends along with loving family in Italy, Argentina, the US and England.

Given current circumstances, a private service and burial has taken place. We will look forward to honouring a life well-lived with a full Funeral Mass and Celebration of Vita’s Life in future.

You are welcomed to read Vita's Life Story and to leave your expressions of sympathy.

Life Story of Vita Tinella

Vita was born in Locorotondo Italy on July 21st, 1927 and grew up in the Puglian countryside, with her elder brothers Tommaso and Giuseppe. She was smart and scholarly and loved going to school, but she has also shared stories of mischievous antics with her favourite cousins and friends. As a beautiful young woman she certainly turned heads riding about town on her Vespa or enjoying the Italian seaside. She was honoured by so many friends who chose her to be godmother to their children.

While she loved her country and cherished her Italian family and friends, her future was destined to take her far from her roots. In November 1959 she sailed to Canada to marry Angelo, with whom she would build a new life and home. She arrived not knowing a soul and without understanding a word of English. But with her usual determination, she started to create a precious new circle of family and friends.

Vita and Angelo had three children - Terri, John and Peter. They were thrilled to see their family grow - to welcome the in-laws and especially Nonna's adored grandchildren - Jacob, Gemma, Alyssa and Angelina. Nothing was more important to Vita than being with her family, and feeding them with her delicious home-made meals whenever possible. We will think of her whenever we make her famous pasta sauce, stuffed zucchini, eggballs, tortellini soup and taralli, among others. Her home was meticulously kept, filled with pictures and mementos of special people and places, and her exceptional pieces of embroidery and hand sewn items. In the summer her flower garden was a showpiece and her meals featured home grown vegetables. Her roses were her pride and joy. She wouldn't let you leave without taking a bouquet of flowers with you. She had a special connection with all of nature. She loved all animals, the birds followed her as friends and everything seemed to blossom with her magic touch.

Vita's circle of friends started to grow too. She truly cherished her friends who became her Canadian family. She shared with them her love of flowers, of food, and of daily life. To many she was like a second mother or older sister. She had great fun in the retirement years traveling with Angelo and close friends. But she also savoured the simple joy of sharing a cup of espresso coffee or playing a game of cards at home. Her friends have always been so dear to her and she kept them for life.

Vita's deep faith kept her strong in both good and difficult times. She was a regular on Sundays at St. Mary's Church, and the Daily TV Mass sustained her from home. She constantly prayed for everyone she loved. Of her many trips and pilgrimages, her favourite was her journey to the Holy Land.

Although Vita was small in stature she was a big personality. She was fiercely independent. Throughout her life she showed great strength and determination, yet her heart was the softest and most compassionate around.

Vita passed peacefully on March 22nd, 2020. She touched the lives of so many around her and will be deeply missed by all. May she rest in peace.
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Judy O'Neill

Posted at 01:37pm
Dear Terri, John, Peter and family
Sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved Mom. She was always smiling and very friendly. I hope the family memories hive you strength during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Take care,
Love Judy O'Neill and family

Love Toby Wong with Lincoln & Madison Durchslag (Chicago)

Posted at 07:47pm
Planting this tree in tribute to your mom-grandma, Vita Tinella. Like her rose garden, may this tree be a lasting memory of Vita's amazing legacy!
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A memorial tree was planted in the memory of Vita Tinella

Toby Wong

Posted at 07:39pm
One of my favorite photos - Terri and Vita in her Rose Garden. I hoped it would post with my tribute.

Toby Wong

Posted at 07:37pm
To Terri, John, Peter, Bruce, Lori, Gemma, Jacob, Alyssa, Angelina and the Tinella family & friends:

We are heartbroken to hear of Vita’s passing and send our prayers, blessings and love as your family celebrates Vita’s amazing life and legacy. We are also at peace knowing that our sweet Vita has finally reunited with her husband, Angelo. I cried at reading her obituary and beautiful tribute that your family wrote. Admittedly, it took me a long time to write my tribute for Vita because it’s so hard to say good-bye.

Vita’s Rose Garden = FAMILY
I always remember how Vita loved her rose garden. It was synonymous with what mattered most to her – FAMILY. A garden is about planting seeds in a plot of land and cultivating plants into beautiful roses. Reading your wonderful tribute to your mom reminded me of Vita’s rose garden and how she and Angelo cultivated their life and family with unconditional love, support and acceptance. Each of you – Terri, John and Peter – who have each created and raised loving families in your own rhythm – with Bruce, Lori, Jacob, Alyssa, Angelina and Gemma – are Vita’s as well as many friends and family around the world who have been touched by her love and humility.

Tinella Home, Family & Tortellini Soup = LOVE
Vita and Angelo welcomed me into your family 40 years ago when I came for Thanksgiving with Terri from university. Over 4 decades and very recently this past October, I’ve been blessed with countless visits to the Tinella Brampton home – my Eastern Canada home - that started from Queens to living in Toronto to coming back from the US, Singapore and Luxembourg to my Italian-Canadian family. Being part of the Tinella family was such an honor as Terri’s Maid-of-Honor when she married Bruce; for Terri to stand up as one of my Matrons-of-Honor at my wedding in Tuscany and finally so blessed to have Terri as my daughter’s godmother and Bruce as my son’s godfather.

My memories of your mom centered on the many Sunday lunches with your family. True family affair as Terri, John, Peter and their families were always there or stopped by to say hello. Your mom’s incredible hospitality, generosity and thoughtfulness came through in her cooking and food as we enjoyed fresh salad harvested from her beautiful garden with homemade pasta, egg balls, tortellini soup and the most amazing pasta sauce prepared over hours. Vita was incredibly humble and modest as she always prepared my favorite – Tortellini Soup. To me, Tortellini Soup = Love as it provided comfort with every spoon. Vita was my Second Mom who accepted me and shared her heart, home and family with me every time I came home.

I am forever grateful that she extended her love to my own children – Madison and Lincoln. It truly warmed my heart to see the photo of Vita with my baby daughter Madison – Terri’s goddaughter - 14 years ago – forever on her refrigerator including when I visited this past October. It meant the world to me that we were there in her home in this small way. I was grateful to be able to memorialize this photo with the one taken last October of Vita, Terri and I into a Christmas ornament which will adorn our trees forever.

Thank-you for sharing Vita with us. We celebrate Vita’s legacy and are proud of our Italian Canadian Chinese American heritage & family. Hope to celebrate in person with you soon.

Love Toby Wong with Lincoln & Madison Durchslag
Chicago, IL USA

Michelle ONeill

Posted at 02:43pm
Dear Terri and family,
I enjoyed stopping at your mum’s home for conversation, a meal, an espresso with a little “music” in it and a tour of the garden. I loved stopping by because your mum was never too busy or tired for a visit. She enjoyed being surrounded by family and friends. I was always welcomed. Despite losing her sight and hearing, she worked in her garden and in the kitchen, adapting to whatever life handed her. She has left me with an indelible mark of her strength. What a full life your mum lived! Michelle O'Neill

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