Memories & Celebrations of Life
Obituary - Gina Mary Facca
June 14, 1921 - October 8, 2018
The world has been fortunate to have had her for 97 years. A life well lived.
Left to miss his beautiful Gina is Elio her husband of 70 years. Her children Mary Lou and Ralph, Arlene and Ken, Carol and Ron and her much loved grandchildren - Derek, Shawna (Dave), Brent (Katie), Alexa (Nate), Nicole and her great grandson Rhett.
Gina was born in Trail BC on June 14, 1921 to Pietro and Luigia Pagnan. She grew up on Rossland Avenue in the “Glutch” along with so many immigrant Italian families. Gina was preceded by siblings- Mario, Chipo, Gino, Fritz, Etchie and Mary. Although she moved to Sioux in 1948 Gina remained close to them through her gifted letter writing. She was especially close to her sister Mary and family and Etchie who made regular summer visits.
Gina’s first language was Italian. She quickly mastered the English language when she started grade 1. Her hope was to be a nurse or a teacher but instead she went to Business School and worked as a stenographer at the Cominco Smelter. The sudden death of her father when she was 21 and the start of WWII changed her life dreams and with her $40/month pay she supported her mother and sent money to her brothers who were serving in the army so they could buy cigarettes.
Gina met Elio through Etchie when they became penpals during the War. Elio went to visit her in Trail and on one occasion said “When I saw her in that yellow sweater I knew she was the girl for me.” Gina claims “I never owned a yellow sweater. I don’t know what he’s talking about.” Gina’s Catholic faith was very important to her. She believed in the power of the prayer and if she felt it was necessary would say “I prayed the rosary- twice!” Gina’s life was dedicated to family. She was the most selfless person, always putting others before herself. Friends were welcome in our home and whether they were hungry or not they would always be fed. Her kitchen was never without homemade soup or spaghetti sauce on the go. Nonna was always ready with iced tea and tuna sandwiches for the grandkids. The crusts were cut off and she made the creamy filling with 2 parts full fat mayo to 1 part tuna. Gina loved to read and well into her 90’s she could still win a game of Scrabble, looking at your tiles to help you find a good word!
As a family we have many people to thank. Father Mike and Father Steven for granting Mom’s gentle soul eternal peace. Dr Jon Morgan for providing years of care . The Funeral Home for their respectful service. The staff and residents at Sioux Towers who enabled mom and dad to live independently for another year. Kelly Wilson who was caring and supportive in arranging mom’s needs while she was at home. And especially the staff at Extended Care who took such good care of our mom. Sadly they didn’t get to know her full personality but on occasion she did manage to show them her wit and provide them with a few laughs.
Gina always said she was a Rocky Mountain girl at heart. Some of her ashes will make a final trip home.
Rest easy Nonna. You have earned a peaceful sleep.
A celebration of Gina’s life for her family and friends will be held at a later date. If friends so desire, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Kenora/Rainy River District Music Project through the Sioux Lookout Funeral Home, Box 1449, Sioux Lookout Ontario, P8T 1B9.