← View All Tributes

Adalgisa Cecchini Adalgisa Cecchini Adalgisa Cecchini Adalgisa Cecchini Adalgisa Cecchini Adalgisa Cecchini

Tribute Notifications

Click below if you would like to be notified when a new tribute is posted.

Sign Up

← View All Tributes

Adalgisa Cecchini

October 28, 1927 - December 29, 2020



October 28, 1927 to December 29, 2020


It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Ada on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at the age of 93.  Nina as her grandchildren lovingly called her, or Biz as her great grandchildren called her passed away peacefully with her family by her side.


Ada was born in Reana Del Roiale, Udine, Italy to Luigi Cattarossi and Amabile Francile (nee Cattarossi) and had 3 sisters and 1 brother.


Ada had an adventurous spirit.  In April 1951, she went to work in Schaffhausen Switzerland at a purse factory.  She continued to work there for 3 years.


In January 1955 Ada and Italico were married.  Italico preceded Ada to Canada.  She traveled on a ship named Saturnalia to Halifax, Nova Scotia and then by train to Nelson where she joined her husband.


Ada was a hard worker and distilled her work ethic on to her children and grandchildren.  She worked most of her working years as a housekeeper and housekeeper supervisor at the Lord Nelson Hotel and then at the Hume Hotel.  She did this all the while looking after her family, home, garden and yard.


Their first home was on 6 lots, half of them were garden.  Ada prided herself on the fresh vegetables that she grew, canned or froze for the winter.  Her pantry was always full of canned peaches, pears, plums and tomatoes.  The tomatoes and plums were from her own garden, along with many other vegetables that she would freeze.


Ada was an extraordinary cook and homemaker.  Her house was always spotless even with a full-time job both in and out of the home.


She made the best risotto.  None of her family, to this day, has been able to make it as good as Nina. Ada’s children and grandchildren were taught the importance of being good cooks and she taught them how to make Spaghetti Sauce, Gnocchi, Chicken Tarragon, Bean Soup and Tiramisu.  Although some of the family members moved away from Nelson, when she would go to visit or if they came home, she always made sure they left with many containers of Bean Soup, Spaghetti Sauce, Cutlets or Naniamo Bars.


Ada had quite the sense of humour.  One never knew what she would come up with.  She would laugh so hard that she would be crying which made her family laugh and she would then laugh even more.  She also had a beautiful singing voice which she rarely let anyone hear.


Ada’s favorite words:  Oh crap, Get Out Of From Here, Oh Shutupa You.  Nina would always tell Sean and Amanda to “do uppa your zeetbelt”


We will miss her tenacity, determination, youthful spirit and kind heart.  There was nothing that she couldn’t do and she would try to do everything herself.  This included climbing a ladder to prune the plum tree just after she got out of the hospital.  Ada dug her own garden right up to the age of 92.  Her family was number 1 to her and she was number 1 to her family.


Ada is survived by her daughter Orietta (Jamie); son Ivano (Lynn); grandchildren Sean (Amy), Amanda (Alex), Alicia and Mateo.   Her greatgrandchildren Parker, Brynn, Ava and Owen. Also surviving is  nephew Silvano (Helen) and their children Sara and Michael, Enzo (Patrizia) their son Matteo (Giorgia) and daughter Julia.  Nieces; Claudia, Norma and children Alessia and Uri, Chelsa (Gino) and daughter Catia, Patrizia and her children Marco and Ciara.  She is also survived by other relatives in Italy, Canada and the United States.


Ada was preceded by her husband Italico (2010) parents, Luigi and Amabile, mother-in-law Dosolina, brother-in-law Fred, sister-in-law Mary, sister-in-law Lynda, brother Ugo and sisters Rosalia, Anilla and Maria.


We would like to give a special thank you to Dr. van der Berg and the staff of the Ancron Medical Centre for all of the years of great care that was given to our mother.


Also, we would like to give a special thank you to the third floor staff and the emergency department of KLH as well as the ambulance staff for all of the care that was given to Ada prior to her going to Poplar Ridge Pavillion.


We cannot express our gratitude to the carrying staff of Poplar Ridge Pavillion and Dr. Knox for making her last few months a joy for her despite the restrictions of Covid-19.


We would like to acknowledge Marissa and Connie you were dear friends to our Mom.  To the ladies of the CLA where she always enjoyed going to the meetings.


Thank you to Thompson Funeral home for making our loss a little easier during this very difficult time.


Send a condolence, light a candle and/or share a memory, click "Send Condolence". Once your message has been approved by the moderator it will be posted to the website.

From: Thompson Funeral Services Ltd.

Thompson Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Shirley Karasz
Relation: Ada and my Mom worked together

What a great tribute to Ada. She was a very accomplished and hard working lady. She and my Mom worked together at the Lord Nelson hotel in the 1960’s. They shared a lot of laughs. Ada was always so kind to us kids when we dropped by to see Mom.

From: Rita Berglund
Relation: Mother of friend

Orietta and family, sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Rita ( Zieverink) Berglund

From: Lana Donaldson
Relation: Friend

Orietta, while I didn’t know your mother personally, she sounds like a wonderful woman. What a lovely tribute to a life well lived! My sincerest condolences to you and your family.

From: Margaret Hannah
Relation: Neighbour from 2003-2019

I’m so sad to read of Ada’s passing. Your tribute to her is beautiful and as her neighbour, I can attest to her energy, kindness and sense of humour. I always thought she was such a cool lady and I was amazed by her beautiful garden. My heart goes out to the family.

From: Carmen Bressanutti
Relation: Family friends as long as I can remember!

What a beautiful tribute to your mother Orietta and Ivano! I laughed….so many things I never knew about your mom. I remember fondly the 6 acre yard and the gardens…both vegetable and flower. A Nelson daytrip was never complete unless we stopped in to see your mom (and dad) when we could. My condolences to you and yours.

Service Schedule

  Service Date To Be Determined

Date & Time:
To Be Determined

A Service will be held at a future date

Memorial Gifts

The family has not designated a preferred charity at this time.

Thank You Notice

Send Flowers

default-floralFloral Tributes may be ordered directly through our supplier. Please have the name of the deceased, the funeral date, the address and phone number of the delivery location for handy reference:

621B Herridge Lane, Nelson, BC V1L 7B3
Phone: (250) 352-5592

2870 Georama Rd, Nelson, BC V1L 6Y7
Phone: (250) 352-3468 / Toll Free: 1(800) 712-6797

Flowers & Yoga Studio
513 A  Front Street, Nelson, BC V1L 4B4
(250) 505-5222


Donate In Memory

Send Condolence - For Adalgisa Cecchini

Use the form below to send a Condolence, light a memorial candle and/or share a personal memory.

Your email address will not be published.

Please upload a small jpg file (Max file size is 1MB)

← View All Tributes

Home | FAQs | Obituaries | Send Condolence | Services | Resources | What Do I Do | Preplan | Contact

© Thompson Funeral Services Ltd. | Site Map | Admin Login