It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our precious Mother, Nonna and Zia, Olimpia McNaughton (DePellegrin) who passed away in Calgary on February 19, 2021 with her family by her side, caring for her every step of the way.
Olimpia was born in San Quirino, Udine, Italy on October 7, 1933 to Maria and Giovanni DePellegrin. She came to Canada to join her father at the age of 9 months with her mother, brother Angelo and sister Gina. Younger brother Bob was born shortly after. Oly was predeceased by her husband Peter in 2004, brother Angelo DePellegrin and sister Gina Bortolussi. She is survived by her brother Bob DePellegrin (Lydia). Olimpia will be greatly missed by her three daughters who absolutely adored her: Maria (Blair Shettler) Dana (Tom Lexovsky) and Lea McNaughton as well as 7 grandchildren who were her pride and joy: Mia (Christopher), Carli, Gio, Alexander, Vincent, Matthew, Kristen and her great-grandson Walker, along with numerous nieces and nephews who were never far from her thoughts.
Oly spent many years volunteering as a physical education teacher at St. Michael’s School prior to opening Rainbow Nursery School where she was able to do what she loved most, teach and nurture children. When Peter got sick, they temporarily moved to the BC Cancer Lodge in Vancouver. Olimpia soon found herself taking charge as she always did, working the front desk, organizing games, movie nights, sing-a-longs and providing restaurant recommendations and Bus Route information trying to make everyone feel at ease, always with a smile on her face and that twinkle in her eye.
Oly will be lovingly remembered by her extended family and dearest friends. She and Peter loved spending time with everyone at family get-togethers, weddings and those late night card games and sauerkraut dinners.
Due to Covid restrictions a funeral will not be held at this time. In honour of Olimpia, donations may be made to … Kid Sport of Greater Trail at 1875 Columbia Ave, Trail, BC V1R 4T8 Kidsportcanada.ca or BC Cancer Foundation in Olimpia’s name.
Bill Clark of Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services™ has been entrusted with arrangements.
You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence.
Maria, Dana and Lea & families, I was sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. I remember teaching with your mom at St. Mike’s where she had the children for PE. Then, she taught my girls preschool. You always got a smile from her and at the same time you knew where you stood! Sending much love to you., Valerie Volpatti
Dearest Dana and Tom, Glen and I wanted to express our heartfelt condolences to your family, and extended family. Although I never had a chance to meet Olympia, Glen tells me she was a special soul, and had an incredible presence. He remembers her kindness, and how well she got along with Tala. Dana, I have met several members of your family now, including your sister and your niece. They are strong, wonderful, intelligent women, and I have no doubt this is in large part due to your mother, and her nurturing role in your lives. Glen and I are sending our love and strength to your family during this time of grieving. May your mothers legacy live on in all of you, and may her beautiful soul rest in peace. All our love, Danielle and Glen
Lea, Maria, Dana & your families; My thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Its said that the true measure of a person’s character is shown through their actions not their words. So I have a few ‘actions’ that showcase Zia (Auntie) Olimpia’s character. Elementary school was on summer break, and I was at home, bored. Zia Olimpia phoned to say I had been “invited” to a neighbourhood house (with pool) to swim. When I got to the residence the older kids who lived there, seemed confused and it became clear, that I wasn’t “invited” by the home owners per se. Zia knew her friends wouldn’t mind “one more kid” and on her own, brought her nephew (who had nothing to do). Zia was inclusive, way before there was such a thing. As kids, my sister and I always wanted to go to Disneyland (what kid didn’t), but couldn’t. The McNaughton’s went to Disneyland, and when they got back, Zia Olimpia came over with “gifts” for us. There were “mouse ears”, t-shirts and snow globes. We got pieces of Disney, and it was the next best thing to actually being there. How many people think about getting relatives gifts when traveling? Later in life, Zia again displayed her character when she came to my wedding. Zia was already having mobility issues when I got married, but she endured the trip from Trail B.C. to Grande Prairie Alberta to attend my wedding despite the obvious physical discomfort that trip gave her. When I saw her slowly moving, and in obvious pain, I told her she didn’t have to come if she wasn’t feeling well. “I wouldn’t miss your wedding for the world” is the reply I got from her. I was so grateful (and honoured) Zia came to my wedding. These are but a few of the stories I have from my Zia; and give but a glimpse of why she is ‘truly’ missed by those of us who knew her. Good bye Zia, we miss you.
Your mom was a wonderful person and a kind and generous neighbour. We will certainly miss her. RIP Olympia with Pete.
Maria, Dana and Lea, my deepest sympathy in the loss of your mother.
Maria, Dana and Lea sending you our deepest condolences at the loss of your amazing mom. Without question, she bestowed her amazing strength of character on each of you and her genuine love of celebrating all things big and small with friends and family (can we play spoons just one more time). We loved our feisty Zia and will miss her dearly.
Maria, Dana & Lea, so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. Thinking of you all.
Lea, Dana, Maria and families, I am very sorry to hear about Oli. She was always so fun at our family parties - full of great stories. She will be missed.
Maria, Dana, Lea & Family Our Deepest condolences to you all....our thoughts and prayers are with you....your Mom was a very kind, gentle & loving lady. She will be truly missed. Much Love to you all. Cherish your memories. RIP Olympia
Our deepest sympathies in the loss of your Mother. Olimpia was a wonderful lady! She will be missed.
Thinking of all of you at this heartbreaking time! I loved Olympia’s candour and sense of humour
Maria, Dana, Lea and families. I am sorry to hear about your mom. I am grateful for all the wonderful memories especially our boxing day parties. Thinking of you all, and keeping you in my thoughts and prayers!!!!
So sorry to hear of Mom’s passing. I first met your Mom 70 years ago when as a six year old had to go to the dentist (Dr. Martin) and would only go if Olimpia was working. My Mom played Bestia with her, I played Bridge with her and lived on her street. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family.
My wife, MaryAnne, lived across the street and frequently visited the McNaughton's. Olimpia was a great lady. We always looked forward to her frank and honest opinion. A very caring and loving person.
Our condolences, Lea and family. “Hooks” will have someone to keep care of him.
Our deepest condolences Lea, Kristen, and Matt. Hugs to you
Maria, Dana, Lea and families- So sorry to hear about your Mom- I have so many happy memories of all our families getting together for our annual Boxing Day party. Always lots of laughs and fun! She also taught my children at Nursery School with patience and love. May you find peace in your memories and hold them close to your hearts.
Maria, Dana and Lea, my deepest sympathies. Your mom and family were a big part of my childhood. Hugs to you all. ❤️