Rina, or Maria as she was known to all, was a very big personality. She had the best sense of humour and enjoyed making everyone laugh.
Having been born and raised during the war, she was always very mindful of conserving EVERYTHING. Nothing was wasted in our home.
Mom loved her family very much and always took care of us as though we were still youngsters. Even up until the day before her passing, she continued to insist we call when we get home, even though home was two kilometers away! When dad became ill, she was his tireless caregiver until her own health complications made it no longer possible to do so.
Mom was always thinking of others and was an incredibly good friend, confidant, and support to whomever needed an ear or shoulder. A dear friend for her 85th birthday video said, “I wonder if you know how many espressos’ you’ve served in this kitchen?” Mom’s motto was “the door is always open” and she meant it. She loved people visiting and our home in earlier years was always full.
We feel blessed to have had mom as long as we did, and she will most definitely be missed by all, most especially for her grilled cheese sandwiches, crostoli, and the appearance of a glass or plate being ‘accidentally’ dropped just before being passed to the intended recipient.
Mom, rest in peace.