It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our much beloved and adored wife, mother and Gramma, Eva Sacchetti on Saturday, February 24, 2018 with her family by her side. Her strong will to live, unwavering faith in God, and the love and prayers of family and friends carried her through her valiant fight for almost 4 years.
Eva was born on December 23, 1945 in Castelli Befaro, Teramo, Italy. On August 29, 1964, she married the love of her life, Ermando. Together they raised a family of two children and had many years of love, joy and cherished memories with their family and close friends. She worked numerous jobs before her long career at St. Joseph’s Hospital, retiring in 2000. She was a member of the St. Anthony’s Parish and their CWL as well as the Italian Ladies Society of Port Arthur.
Eva was known for her ease in frequent conversations, even with total strangers. She possessed a contagious smile and a sweet demeanour, which won the trust and hearts of many. Her constant nurturing love, faith and infectious smile, will never be forgotten.
Possessing a true heart of gold, Eva faithfully cared for family and friends. Eva especially enjoyed cooking for her family, with her homemade pasta and meatballs being enjoyed by all. She took special pride and care in ensuring all the holiday meals were bountiful. They were filled with a variety of dishes that suited everyone’s tastes, while Christmas and Easter table settings were right out of a magazine. She also enjoyed sewing, and volunteering wherever she was needed. Eva enjoyed her weekly shopping excursions to many local clothing and home furnishing stores, followed by a cup of coffee with a few of her many friends.
By far Gramma’s greatest love was for her grandchildren. Growing up, each grandchild would look forward to their sleepover at her house. A favourite breakfast was always prepared and a trip to pick out a toy or two always followed. Gramma was always supportive and encouraging, always wise, kind and possessed a strength that was fierce. She never complained and always managed to put a smile on her face, even when times were tough. Her character and temperament were always shown, even after her diagnosis. Eva had every right to cry, be mad, or even fall into a depression, but instead she showed great courage and lived every moment she was given to the fullest. Eva cherished any occasion where she could host and spend time with those she loved. She always sacrificed her needs for the good of her family.
Eva will be lovingly remembered and dearly missed by her husband of 53 years Ermando, children; Maurizio Sacchetti, Carla (Don) Crupi; her precious grandchildren Alea (Daniel), Ermando, Teana, Evalina and Francesco. Also survived by her brother Donato (Angela) Nelli; her sisters: Maria (Eugenio) Barone, Concetta (Remo) Scocchia: sisters-in-law Yolanda (Raffaele) D’Angelo; Eva Sanzo; Maria Sacchetti, Maria D’Angelo (in Italy) as well as numerous nephews, nieces and extended family.
A special thank you to Doctor Brad who treated her just like a mom and visited her often sharing a cup of espresso and many stories filled with laughter.
Eva was predeceased by her parents, Francesco and Carina Nelli, her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Domenico and Costanza Sacchetti, her daughter-in-law Paola Sacchetti, brothers-in-law Eugenio, Attilio, Gabriele, Salvatore and Attilio, and sister-in-law Desiderata.
The Funeral Mass to celebrate Eva’s life will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at St. Patrick’s Cathedral beginning at 3:00 p.m. celebrated by Rev. Msgr. P.M. Stilla, V.G. Visitation will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 3rd, also at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board Awards Trust Fund will be greatly appreciated.