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Giovanna Fazzino

February 8, 1920 - February 12, 2012


Giovanna Fazzino (Ternullo)
1920 – 2012
Giovanna was born Feb 8, 1920 in Melilli, Sicily to Guisepina and Vincenzo Ternullo. Her early years were spent growing up in Sicily with her brothers Andrea, Gino and Sebastiano. After World War II ended, Sebastiano Fazzino returned to Sicily, and she married the “man of her dreams” on April 12, 1947. While in Sicily they had two children, Paul and Nella. In 1957 Sebastiano came to Canada in search of a better life for his family. Giovanna followed in 1958 with Paul and Nella; arriving by ship in Halifax and then travelling by train across Canada. This was an amazing adventure for a quiet, shy woman who did not speak a word of English. The family settled in Ainsworth for a short time and then moved into Nelson.
Giovanna spent her life making a warm and loving home for her family and friends. Everyone was met at the door by “c’mon, c’mon” which was soon followed up by “mangia, mangia”. She truly loved to cook and provide for her family.
Giovanna was predeceased by her parents, siblings and her husband Sebastiano. She is survived by her children Paul (Carol), Nella, grandchildren Joanna (Eric) Chabot, Sebastian (Erin) and by her great grand children Tyler and Emily. She is also survived by her beloved sister-in-law Nella (Angelo) Amenta and their family as well as numerous nieces and nephews in Sicily.
Giovanna passed away with her family by her side at Kootenay Lake Hospital on February 12, 2012.
The family would like to express our appreciation to Dr. Keith Bridger and the staff at Kootenay Lake Hospital for their exceptional care and kindness throughout her illness. We would also like to thank Thompson Funeral Home for their compassionate service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation, 3 View Street, Nelson BC V1L 9Z9.


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Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
February 18, 2012
Beginning at 10:30am

Cathedral of Mary Immaculate
813 Ward Street
Nelson , BC Canada V1L 1T2

Father Jim Ratcliffe as celebrant. With entombment to follow at the Nelson Mausoleum, Nelson, BC

813 Ward Street
Nelson , BC Canada V1L 1T2


Date & Time:
February 17, 2012
Beginning at 7:00pm

Thompson Funeral Service Chapel
613 Ward Street
Nelson , BC Canada V1L 1T2

613 Ward Street
Nelson , BC Canada V1L 1T2

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Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation
3 View Street,  Nelson, BC V1L 2V1

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