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Vincenza Panacci (née Domenichini)
November 18th, 1932 - January 2nd, 2024
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved Wife, Mother, Nonna and Bisnonna, Vincenza Panacci.
Vincenza was born on the 18th of November, 1932 in the town of Sora in Frosinone, Italy. Loving wife to Loreto. Cherished mother to Vincenzo (Franca) Panacci, Maria (Tony) Galea and Enza (the late Joe) Severino. Adored nonna to Loreto (Ana), Vince (Brigitte), Danny, Ashley (Matthew), Lauren (Daniel) and Anthony (Paige). Loving bisnonna to Chloe and Alessia, Maia and Elio and Angela and Benjamin. Daughter to Giacomo and Giuseppina Domenichini. Beloved sister to Celestra Campea (the late Sante) and Querino Domenichini (the late Colomba). She is lovingly remembered by her nieces, nephews, extended family and friends alike.
As a young girl in Frosinone, Vincenza spent much of her time working the fields alongside her family. Though the work was difficult and laborious, she shared her stories with humor and great pride to the delight of her family. In Canada, she worked for many years in factories making cables and women’s garments while raising a family. Their home was a landing place to many family and friends who immigrated from Italy in the 1950’s and 1960’s.
Married for 71 years, Vincenza was a devoted wife to Loreto Panacci. Their beautiful story began when she and Loreto met as children in a schoolhouse in Frosinone. They married in 1953 and together they built a beautiful life in Canada with their children and extended family. They spent many summers tending to their garden and working alongside one another in keeping their home a welcoming place for their family.
Vincenza was meticulous in all that she did; she was an especially gifted story-teller, homemaker, cook and baker. She spent much of her time in the kitchen creating incredible dishes, including her famous meatballs and homemade ciambelle. There was something very special about the way she prepared and presented meals to her family and friends. Sitting at her table didn’t just fill your belly - it filled your soul.
Vincenza cherished every moment spent with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her grandchildren looked forward to the many sleepovers at their loving home on Maryhill Drive. Vincenza had a playful nature about her, happily sharing stories and songs from her childhood and always ready to make us laugh. She was a very wise woman, never at a loss for words, and taught her family to always stand up for themselves.
Vincenza carried a steadfast faith and strong character. Even throughout her illness, she always faced her challenges with courage. She always exuded confidence and conviction. She led the way in times of happiness and sadness as the matriarch of our family. She was kind, gracious and had a generosity of spirit that was truly unmatched. Her beautiful heart will always be cherished as we were so blessed to have her in our lives.
Family and friends will be received at the Ward Funeral Home 4671 Hwy 7, Woodbridge on Monday from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. A funeral mass will be held on Tuesday January 9, 2024 at 10 a.m. at St. Andrew's Catholic Church 2547 Kipling Ave., Etobicoke (just south of Albion Rd.) Entombment to follow at Westminster Cemetery. The family encourages everyone to wear a mask during all aspects of the funeral services.
As expressions of sympathy, donations can be made to the Breast Cancer Society of Canada. Thank you.
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