Today we are filled with moments of sadness, peace, laughter, reflection and silence. On December 3rd, 2021, our mom, grandma, great grandma, sister, friend Ilia Maria Pia Nardelli passed away tranquil and at peace, after a hard battle with cancer. She stood strong and courageous and fought till the very end! In her last moments she decided to change her strategy to a more peaceful warrior approach, and decided cancer was not going to get the best of her. Tranquil and with great humility and light, she walked away at the age of 85! You won mom, Brava…. Brava!
My mom was born and raised in the small town of Atina in Italy. She met the love of her life Americo Nardelli and married! They immigrated to Canada and settled in Edmonton, Alberta, and began their life together. They had two children, Mauro and Loreto, and had a full life together.
They enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, picking berries and visiting farms. They especially enjoyed building their dream cabin in Athabasca, at Baptiste Lake! Ilia was an incredible gardener growing the most lush colourful abundant flowers, and her and my dad cultivated many prosperous gardens which they shared with all of us. They also enjoyed dancing, cooking, baking all and always together. Having people over was so important to them and making sure they received the best was of utmost importance. My Mom was always thinking of others and always wanted to be of service to others. My dad passed a few years ago and at that point a part of her died too. There was not a day that she would not share her longing for him. We find great warmth and peace knowing that they are finally re-united! We love you both!
If I could paint a most wonderful picture of my mom it would be this: She always dressed well, the best of clothes, hair done, make up, and jewelry. She loved shoes and going to London Drugs to get her makeup. They knew her well there!
She loved being a grandma and had the privilege of becoming a great grandma. She would do anything for her grandchildren!
I have to say being Italian she had a very developed pallet. It would not be a strange thing to see her tell the cook at the seniors place she lived in that the food was not up to par, and on occasion share that the food hit the mark!
She was preceded in death by her parents: Domenico and Antonietta Coppola; her brothers: Guerino, Americo, and Loreto Coppola; finally her husband, our father, Americo. She is survived by her sons: Mauro and Loreto Nardelli; daughters-in-law: Nicoletta De Angelis/Nardelli and Nelika Nardelli; grandchildren: Alexa & Rod Parry, Joel Nardelli & Devyn Grover, Ashley Aires, Cristina & Travis Rask, Bre Nardelli, Shanel & Chad Robertson, Jessie Brisson; great grandchildren: Savannah & Arissa Parry, Mia and Ryler Rask, Daxton & Trinity Robertson. I just wanted to add a plethora of good friends, especially one of almost 50 years Comare Maria Perri! If I didn’t mention you I am sorry but all of you were important, I just don’t have the room to mention everyone!
I just wanted to send a huge thank you to the doctors, nurses, and staff at the Cross Cancer for giving us our mom just a little longer. Another big thank you goes out to the doctors, nurses, and staff of unit 5F4 at the University Hospital. You cared for my mom in such a compassionate and caring way. She said to us in her last days. “I want to stay here, they are taking great care of me, I don’t want to leave.” This is huge because my Mom always hated hospitals. Thank you for taking such wonderful care and at peace and for making her last moments tranquil. Our deepest gratitude goes out to you!
Finally, bye for now mom, we love you so much and will miss you. We will celebrate your spirit and continue your art of giving through food! Till we meet again, your loved ones! Us!
The service will be held on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at 10:00 am, at Santa Maria Goretti Catholic Church, 9110 110 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta.
For those wishing to view the service on line, please refer to the following link:
Serenity Funeral Service
North Central Chapel