Giovanna (Verna) Romei was born in Celano, Italy
on December 4, 1936,
the eldest of four children
and passed away on Wednesday, March 21, 2012. She immigrated
with her family to Kelowna
in 1953 where she met
and married the love of
her life, Luigi Lorenzo
Romei (deceased 2010).
In June 1965, they moved their young family from
Glenmore to Winfield
where Giovanna became
an active member of the
farming, business and Catholic communities.
Giovanna was known for her warmth, indelible spirit and positive attitude. Her home was always open. She was
famous for her excellent cooking. When complimented,
she would remark that it was made with “love.”
She was also known for her beautiful flower gardens.
Giovanna loved the adventure of travel but her heart
was at home with her family.
Giovanna’s greatest joy was her children: Mike (Filomena), Mario, Assunta (Mark), Lorenzo (Shawna) and Rita (Mark). She adored and was adored by her thirteen grandchildren: Lorenzo, Letizia, Loren, Mariah, Giovanna, Robert,
Shameera, Saul, Jack, Isabella, Mark, Angelina and Diego. She leaves behind her sister Marisa, brother Romolo,
sisters-in-law Cathy and Linda, and numerous nieces
and nephews. Whether you called her Mom, Nonna, Auntie or Friend, she touched everyone she met and will be sorely missed. She has gone home to God where she will be reunited with Dad, Grandma and Grandpa, her beloved younger brother Marcello and her nephew Emilio.
Services will be held at the Parish of St. Edward
at 11123 Okanagan Centre Road, Lake Country, BC:
Prayers- Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 7:00 pm;
Mass of Christian Burial -Friday,
March 30, 2012 at 10:00 am.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made In Memory of
Giovanna Romei to the B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation, 938 West 28th Avenue, Vancouver BC V5Z 4H4. www.bcchildrens.ca Phone: 604-875-2444
or toll-free 1-888-663-3033.
Condolences may be sent to the family
by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com