December 6, 1942 - October 21, 2017
It is with profound sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of our dear mother, Nonna, Bezzy, sister and friend, Brenda Bruna (Girardi) Dalla Gassa on October 21, 2017 surrounded by family at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, BC. Brenda was born on December 6, 1942 to Bruno and Emma (Cima) Girardi. The same doctor that delivered her delivered her three children.
Brenda was predeceased by her father Bruno (1995), mother Emma (2004), brother Attilio (2016) and sister-in-law Joan (2016). She is survived by her children Tina (Derek) Peters, Lino (Julie) Dalla Gassa and Jana Workman (John Richardson); grandchildren Tyler (Kylie) and Kevin Workman, Rebecca and Rachel Peters and Konnor and Kaylee Dalla Gassa; and great-grandchildren Colton and Avery Workman and Brianna MacNeill. Nonna loved you all to the moon and back and she is looking over you to keep you happy and safe. Brenda is also survived by her brother Sandro Girardi (Gail) who she absolutely adored and numerous nieces and nephews in Canada and in Italy who held a special place in her heart.
Brenda was the matriarch of our family and proudly held the honour "mom to the masses". If she met and you were worthy, she welcomed you into her heart and family. We want to give a warm thank you to her "Italian daughter" Sandy Labermeyer for your support to mom and the family over the years and during her time in ICU. She loved you beyond measure. To know her was to love her. A truer friend and confidant you would not find. You can ask for the world she would not mind.
Mom loved to work and was working up to the day before she passed away. She was an accountant and the owner of B&B Income Tax Consultants Ltd. for nearly forty years. She really had a passion for the profession. We are sure that there are a few CRA auditors that are breathing a little easier now. Brenda was a great traveler and taught us all to travel well. She enjoyed Italy, Mexico, Hawaii, Vegas, Disneyland and Alaska. She took all 13 of us on two Alaskan cruises and we had the most amazing time. She was planning her next cruise to the Panama Canal. She also loved animals and was a proud Nonna to her "fur-babies" Baci, Mac, Wiser and Rosa. Nonna has some puppy treats waiting for you in heaven.
Brenda was a proud member of the Can-Ital Ladies Society. She loved to volunteer with the ladies for the Fall Fashion Show and you may have seen her last July 1st in Riverside Park at the "Little Italy" tent.
She also loved a great party and was planning her 75th Birthday Bash on November 18th. To honour her we will have two Celebrations of Life. The first will be on Saturday, November 18, 2017, at 2:00 pm at Schoenings Funeral Home, 513 Seymour Street, Kamloops, BC. The second will be on Saturday, November 25, 2017, at 1:00 pm at Burkview Funeral Home, 1340 Dominion Avenue, Port Coquitlam. We will be having a private family internment at Robinson Memorial Park Cemetery.
A heart-warming thank you to Dr. Al-Mimar and her team for taking wonderful care of mom. We are so touched that you made a personal visit to her in her final hours. She truly adored you. Special thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff at Royal Inland Hospital. Specifically, Dr. Paul Campsell and her ICU nurses Sherry and Kyle. Thank you so much to Paramedics Dan and Aiden for your amazing care and wonderful sense of humour!
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Royal Inland Hospital Foundation, Canadian Diabetes Association or a charity of your choice. Lastly, if you really want to honour Brenda, hug your family tighter, pet your puppy, volunteer for a great cause, make a new friend and take that trip!!
Once met, never forgotten…
Condolences may be expressed at www.schoeningfuneralservice.com