elevated moan4 August 18, 1924 ~ April 7, 2020
elevated moan4 It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, Michelina Cianciotta, on Tuesday April 7, 2020 at her home in Vaughan, Ontario. Our Mom, passed peacefully in her sleep with her family by her side; she was predeceased by her husband Francesco Cianciotta in 2001.
elevated moan4 Devoted mother to her children, Maria (Giovanni) Novielli, Frank (Jennifer) Cianciotta, and Enza (Paul) O’Donnell and loving grandmother to Domenic (Maria) Novielli, Siglia (Giulio) DiBattista, Michela (Marco) Guglietti, Frank Novielli, Nicholas Cianciotta, Lauren Runnalls, Michael Cianciotta, Megan (Liam) Edwards, and James (Melanie) O’Donnell. Michelina was a proud great-grandmother to Angel Connie, Sofie, Simona, James, Giulian, Arianna, Christian, Gianni, Lucas, Anastasia, Braeden and baby Edwards.
elevated moan4 Lina, as she liked to be called, was born in Sannicandro Di Bari, Italy on August 18, 1924, shortly after the end of WWI. She was one of 7 siblings and was raised in a one room house by a single mother, our beloved Nonna Angelina. Needless to say she came from humble beginnings. She was fortunate enough to be working as a house keeper for a wealthy family in Bari during WWII. The family treated her like one of their own daughters and while working there she learned how to read, write, proper etiquette and gained a strong appreciation for family. Family were people you cared about or people in need, they did not need to be related…the war taught her that. At the age of 22, she met and married the love of her life, Francesco. Lina moved to Toronto with her daughter Maria in 1952, shortly after our father Francesco, who emigrated here in 1950. Once established, Francesco and Lina opened their home on Berkley Street as a boarding house to new Italian immigrants. They helped dozens of families establish roots and start a new life in Canada. Their home was always full of laughter, love, good food and lots of wine for everyone! Lina will fondly be remembered by many extended family and friends for her kindness and generosity.
elevated moan4 Lina led a wonderful but simple life. She was full of energy and referred to as Nonna Dynamite. She loved to walk, to socialize, meet new people, travel, dance, but most of all she loved her family; she would always put our needs, our wants, and our wishes before her own. Her warmth, energy and spirit lives-on in all of us. We are saddened to not have her here with us any longer…she was our Mamma Michelina! She will be missed, and her spirit lives on in all of us.
elevated moan4 She left us yesterday, on what would have been our Dad’s 92nd birthday, and in her 96th year. Our only solace is that her passing was peaceful and that she left us to reunite with the love of her life and dance with him on his birthday.
elevated moan4 Due to the unprecedented circumstance surrounding the COVID 19 pandemic, the family will be gathering for a private visitation and service. The funeral mass will be held on Thursday April 9th at 10:30am and will be available by webcast. Should you wish to participate, please reach out to one of the family members for the link and password. Feel free to share any stories and memories you may have of Lina and offer condolences to the family online in the comments section below through this website.
elevated moan4 In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to “The We Love You Connie Foundation” or The Sick Kids Foundation in honour of Lina and her love of children.
elevated moan4 If you would like to view a video of Mamma Michelina’s 93rd birthday celebration, please click on this link.
Michelina was a wonderful, sweet woman who will be remembered for always. Our sincerest condolences to the Novielli, O’Donnell and Cianciotta Families
Stefano, Katrina, Veronica and Sabrina Guglietti
Ciao Maria, Frank & Enza
Our condolences to all of you. Hope you be comforted for the strengthness of a such beautiful and great family build by our grandparents
I know they did big sacrifices, all of they did, they did it for us.
From the distance in this complicated times, we want to share our love and prays for Zia Michelina.
Now she will meet Zio Franco ( a wonderful man), Nonna Rosa and Nonno Pepe for a nice talk about their success on life.
She will be missed forever.
Ciao Zia Michelina. Riposa in pace.
My most sincere condolence for your loss. Mary, Frank and Enza.,
Un abbraccio . Mike
Sorry to see on end of on era our sincere condolence unfortunately for us it will also be a new beginning.
Sam Gemma Primucci and Family
My deepest condolences from me and my family. My memories of Lina and her husband Frank are always memories of them smiling and enjoying life.
These are difficult times than normal to say goodbye, wishing all the family peace and strength.
Our sympathies are with the Family. Thank you for sharing the details of the amazing women. We can certainly see how Nonna Dynamite inspired the love of family, zest for life, generosity, work ethic and passion in her entire family and across all generations.
My deepest condolence to the families
Zia Maria, Zio John, Enza, Frank & family,
I extend my deepest condolences for your loss during a rather difficult time. May you find strength in knowing that she will be reunited in Heaven with her dear husband and our Heavenly Father. The Russo and Novielli family will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers.
With Our Love,
The Russo and Novielli Family
Lina was a beautiful soul,full of love and faith.
My family sends your family our condolences.
God rest her soul in peace.
Our deepest condolences to you Mary, Frank, Enza and the families on
the passing of Zia Michelina. Riposa in Pace.
Ciao María/Frank/Enza e famiglia:
Da lontano vogliamo transmettere le nostre sentite parole di condoglianze a tutta la famiglia in questo momento.
Zia Michelina sará ricordata per sempre come una grande donna, con la volontá di ospitare, proteggere e riumire alla famiglia.
Ci mancherá sappere che non é fisicamente tra noi, ma la sua memoria rimarrá per sempre nei nostri cuori.
Purtroppo la morte é parte della vita, tutti siamo indifesi davanti al volere de Dio ma l´amore di chi vuole bene vi aiuterá a superare il dolore,
Con affetto ci stringiamo a voi.
Angela (Lina) Novielli, Giuseppe Bracaglia e famiglia, e Domenico Bracaglia e famiglia.
Mary, Frank & Enza sorry for your loss, our condolences…
Alex & Family.
Mary, Frank and Enza, our deepest condolences for the loss of your mother. We have many fond memories of her.
Theresa and Ron Bartucci
Enza, Mary, and Frank, our heartfelt condolences to you and your family from ours. My parents, Lucio and Donata, also send their condolences and prayers.
I will always remember your mother’s wonderful spirit and love of life and its something you all carry with you as her wonderful legacy.
Lia, Derek, and Matteo
very sorry for your loss to mary frank enza
Mary, Frank and Enza,our deepest
condolences on the passing of
Our prayers and thoughts are with
Joe and Mirella Lacivita
My name is Rita. I was the nurse for this wonderful sweet lovely lady. I will always remember her and miss her so much. May God keep her peacefully rested till we all meet again. I just saw this because I am on maternity leave and my heart hurts. Hmmm