Renata Aramini (nee Ortolan), beloved wife, mother and Nonna, passed away peacefully on Sunday December 27, 2015 at Surrey Laurel Hospice in the presence of her immediate family. Renata was 72 years old.
Renata was born in 1943 in Pasiano, Pordenone, Italy, the middle daughter of Tranquillo and Angela Ortolan. At the age of 7, Renata and her family sailed across the Atlantic and settled in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Renata loved school and her dream was to become a teacher. In 1964, the young teacher married, and in 1975 the family of five moved across the country to beautiful British Columbia, settling in Langley. Over the years, Renata poured her heart into her family and into cultivating a welcoming household. With her natural charm, warmth, bright blue eyes, and contagious smile Renata easily made many friends. Renata had many talents and interests and excelled at all of them. She was a caring and dedicated teacher, amazing cook and baker, loved petit point and cross stitching, producing many beautiful masterpieces during her life, and served as secretary of the Fraser Valley Italo-Canadian club and member of the Catholic Women’s League for several years. She had a great sense of adventure and loved to travel and see the world. Whatever it was, Renata poured her heart, passion, and positive spirit into it.
Above all, Renata was a loving and devoted spouse, mother and Nonna. Even during her sudden illness and in death, she brought us all close together and touched so many with her strength and faith. Renata will always be lovingly remembered and sorely missed by her entire family and her many friends.
Renata is survived by her husband Giacomo (Jack), three loving children, James, Jeffery and Angela, and their spouses, Tanis, Angie, and Oscar, ten grandchildren, Michela, Elena, Juliana, Cristina, Oliver, Bianca, Sofia, Luca, Leo, and Lucia, and sister Alida. Renata was predeceased by her parents, older sister Maria Teresa, and brothers-in-law George and Richard.
Prayers will be held on Monday January 4 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Langley, followed by funeral mass at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday January 5. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.
You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence for the family.
Jack and family, Please accept our deepest condolences on Renata's passing. Though we didn't know Renata well, we found her to be a warm and kind person. She will be missed by all. Stelvio and Sarah Bandiera
Renata, my beautiful sister I know you have found peace with our Saviour Jesus Christ, our father Tranquillo, our mother Angela and our sister Maria. I will love you always and forever. Until we meet again. I can count on one hand the number of times I was in the presence of Renata. In those few encounters I quickly realized she was one of those special people one rarely meets. She was bright, gentle and always prepared to give of herself. She was one of my special people to be around. Like every one else who knew Renata I will miss her. You are an angel.
I have had the pleasure of meeting Renata a few years back. She and her husband jack welcomed me in their place during a visit to Vancouver with Jim. Such a warm and caring person. I remember having breakfast together. I am so very sad to hear about her sudden passing. My sincere condolences to Jack and all the surviving family.
Our deepest condolences to Jack and Family. One more Angel in Paradise looking over You all. We miss Her too.....
Dear Family Aramini. May your hearts be filled with wonderful memory of dear Renata. Renata she was very dear, and kind lady. she will be greatly miss. may God comfort you with his peace. in this very difficult time. ours most sincere condolences. with affection Luciana Giuseppe and Family Zucchi.
We would like to express our condolences to Jack and the family. Renata was a very special person in every way. She will be missed but her spirit will carry on in our hearts.
I only met you a few times, but have come to know you so well through the actions and words of your son Jim. Jim is evidence of what a loving and great mother you were and will always be to him. My prayers are with you in your journey to meet God and thank you so much for giving me such a wonderful and loving friend. Michael Cleary, Glenside, PA , USA
I am very sad to hear of Renata's passing. She was a lovely person, caring mother and loving grandmother. May God bless all of you in your journey of healing.
I will always remember Renata's warm smiles, compassion and generous heart. She taught for me countless times in my primary classroom at Old Yale Road Elementary. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy and find peace and comfort in knowing that Renata touched the lives of so many.
Jack, Jim, Jeff & Angela; I am so saddened to hear of Renata's passing. A beautiful soul, full of love and faith, she was truly an exceptional lady and blessed so many people with her kindness. I will always remember her warm smile, inviting arms & fun loving personality. Praying that you find comfort in your memories of her and know that others will miss her to. Sending our love to you all, Mary & Kyle
It is with deepest regret and sorrow that this day had to ever come. This woman was a shinning light that radiated a room with her presence. She was a pillar of strength and encouragement to keep me going in my task and stood beside me all the way to see it through. She will be missed by many, for she has touched many people with her kindness and affection. She was always dedicated to what ever task she took on until it was completed. We all love you Renata, and we will miss you dearly. With love always. Our deepest and most sincere condolences to the Aramini Family for standing by her to the end
Jack and Family - Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Renata was such a lovely person and she will be missed by all those who loved her.
Dear Jack, Jim, Jeff, & Angela -- We will always remember your mother fondly and how she was such a welcoming person. She leaves a beautiful legacy. May God bless you all in this new year.
It was a great gift to have known you Renata. We loved you,you were great friend to me & Albino ,and a lovely person ,you made the world a better place . I will always cherish our many good time together. You will be missed. Condolences to Jack, Jimmy, Jeff , Angela, and family.
Maria and I would like to pass on our condolences to the family of Renata. She was a great friend to to us and we enjoyed every minute of her company. She was a very self motivated woman who involved herself in many different activities with all of her endless energy. She will be missed by many, not least by the Italian club and all her friends. John and Maria.
Jack and Family of Renata; You have lost your family star and we have lost our friend. We all loved her. We all lost Renata. She was blessing for all of us. Now we know God has a special place for her in heaven, right there with Mother Teresa. We miss you Renata. Love, Helena
It was our pleasure to have known and friended Renata as well as many of her family members and countless friends. Renata, you will be sadly missed. Our deepest condolences go out to the family. We pray that time helps heal the sorrow of your loss. With our most heartfelt sympathy to your family. Josie and Jess
Many blessings to your family....We will always remember your mom with such great fondness and admiration. Special thanks to her wonderful and dedicated Jimmy, Jeff and Angela (and Oscar) for your steadfastness and round-the-clock care and vigil that brought so much comfort and peace to your mom in her time of greatest need. May God grant you peace in your hearts.
To our beloved mother, Renata. Your very name means 'reborn'. We trust you are now reborn in God's loving hands, watching over us and seeing those places you didn’t yet see in this life. We love you and will always miss you. Your loving children, Jim, Jeff, and Angela