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Olga  Bernardelli

Olga Bernardelli

Sunday, March 25th, 1928 Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

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Obituary for Olga Maria Bernardelli (Polisena)

The relatives and friends whom Olga (Polisena) Bernardelli left behind clearly remember her as an energetic and giving individual, with a determination that seemed to surpass that of all others.
One would not expect anything less from Olga, given that she was born into a very large family. When mother Polisena would give birth to Michele, her last child, at the age of 48, Olga would be one of fifteen children. It seemed to go without saying that determination was passed on, via mother and father Polisena, to all children.

Consequently, to Olga family meant everything. She couldn’t get enough of it, constantly bathing herself in it at weddings, gatherings, celebrations, through pictures, on the phone, or via Skype. Eventually moving with her husband, Mario, to Vancouver in 1990, to be close to her two sons Michael and Robert and their respective spouses, Olga would continue to remain in contact with her siblings in Montreal, all the while forming new bonds in her new city, Vancouver. And, of course, with an unwavering determination, her new friends would become an important part of her life.

Over the course of her lifetime, Olga would always find the energy to share her joys with all those who loved her. Whether she was preparing a grand supper, decorating her house for the best Christmas ever, or rendering people excited about the things that excited her, all of these and so much more, to be certain, were the gifts she would give to those who entered her space, a space into which all were welcomed. Whether speaking of a three-year old, a teenager, a twenty-year old, or anyone of any age for that matter, Olga gave herself to all of them. She wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. She wanted to touch people by giving to them.

The memory of Olga (Polisena) Bermardelli, presently undiminished in its strength, will indelibly continue to touch those she has touched throughout her life, and we should not be surprised that, via this shared memory, touch those she never knew

Donations can be made in Olga's name to
The Poor Clare Sisters
St. Clare's Monastery
P.O. Box 3370 Mission BC. Canada
V2V 4J5

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  • Visitation or Prayers

    Thursday, October 24th, 2019 | 6:30pm - 8:00pm
    Burquitlam Funeral Home
    625 North Road
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    Thursday, October 24th, 2019
    6:30pm - 8:00pm
  • Service

    Friday, October 25th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Our Lady of Fatima Parish
    315 Walker Street
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    Friday, October 25th, 2019
    Fr. Claude Makulu
  • Interment

    Ocean View Burial Park
    4000 Imperial St.
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    Entombment to follow at 2:30 pm.

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diane semper

Dear Lina, Bobby and Michael: Arrived home from traveling to hear the sad news of your Mom's passing.
We had tried to get together in October for our "girls day out" but Olga had cancelled not feeling well and I left the country shortly for a long trip. Olga was such a good neighbour and friend, always bringing her great baking over to the house for my girls. We shared many good stories and laughter together and even had a gnocchi lesson! I always looked forward to spending
a day with your Mom. We loved our shopping and looking at more dishes that of course we didn't need but just couldn't resist!! Her warmth and humour along with her great hugs will be missed by many.

much love, rick and diane
Comment | Posted at 06:04pm via Condolence

Sylvia Orsini

Matante, we will miss you so much, especially your summer visits, we will love you always, Sylvia, Faf, Claudia, Mario, Alessandro, Gianluca & Adriano.
Comment | Posted at 06:12pm via Condolence

Nancy Di Lauro

"I love you to the moon and back", a quote from an illustrated children's book by Sam McBratney, was how we always ended our telephone conversations. I like to imagine that Aunt Olga is somewhere beyond the moon now, and on a beautiful journey.
Love always,
Nancy & Sal
Comment | Posted at 07:27am via Condolence

Nilda Sassi

We were lucky enough to spend time with Aunt Olga in the last few years when she was visiting Montreal. Her last visit will be forever in my mind , she was modeling a new jumpsuit and all the new clothes she had spent the whole day shopping for, she was just like a teenager . I told her that she was my inspiration with all your energy and spunk, she will be greatly missed . Condolences to Mike and Bobby on this tremendous loss. xxx
Comment | Posted at 02:19pm via Condolence


"I love you to the moon and back", a quote from an illustrated children's book by Sam McBratney, was how we always ended our telephone conversations. I like to imagine that Aunt Olga is somewhere beyond the moon now, and on a beautiful journey.
Love always, Nancy and Sal
Comment | Posted at 12:10pm via Condolence

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