Nonna Velia could fit in your pocket but she was feisty and always on the go. It was hard to believe just how strong-willed and persevering she could be. You could easily under-estimate her endurance because nonna was so tiny but she was tireless and didn't know how to stop. She always found purpose, idleness was not in her constitution.
Nonna was so generous with all that she had to give. She would heatedly argue until you took what she had to offer, even if you didn't need it. Resistance was futile. Nonna Velia believed in doing things right and well. Few people have such outstanding strength of character and integrity. Extolling a list of her virtues would be too time-consuming. She was truly above the price of rubies. High standards have been set and we are inspired by them and hope to honour her by emulating them. Needless to say, she loved us all deeply but had unlimited love for her grandchildren, and was fiercely protective of them.
A few things I'll share if you weren't fortunate to know Nonna Velia. Heavenly Hash was her favorite ice cream. She strongly encouraged us all to consume heaping bowls of it alongside her. She always had at least 5 tubs in her freezer. KFC was her guilty pleasure. She didn't like dirt. You could eat off her floors inside, and she tackled raking leaves and getting rid of debris outside, like she was in her own personal war with Mother Nature. She walked miles daily like she was on a mission. Nonna Velia was an avid reader. She read and re-read, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones and Agatha Christie mysteries to name but a few.
She was polite and lovely to everyone and she would call you honey or sweetie and tell you she loved you, but if you treated her unkindly, she would let you know she was displeased.
Nonna needed to live her life in a very orderly way. She was a very anxious person, and a real worrier. She ruminated over many things, like getting her to-do list accomplished in a timely manner, when that was done, then what to do next, and above all, the happiness and well-being of her grandchildren and others she loved so dearly.
Nonna fought the good fight but she missed her husband and put off joining him as long as she could. She blessed our family with her humour, her time, and her wisdom. A truly special human being, she will be missed. Rest in much deserved peace, Ma. It's been earned ten-fold. Until we meet again.
Arrangements entrusted to Ward Funeral Home - Woodbridge Chapel.
If desired, donations in Velia's name to Baycrest Hospital ( please select "Research") would be greatly appreciated by the family
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As per Velia's wishes, there will be no funeral ceremony at this time. Cremation has taken place.
Her final resting place will be with her husband at Beechwood Cemetery, Concord.