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1839 Inkster Boulevard
Winnipeg, MB R2X 1R3
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Rosa Nucci

Rosa Nucci

Monday, July 18th, 1938 Sunday, January 19th, 2020

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Obituary for Rosa Nucci

Rosetta “Rosa” Nucci
July 18, 1938 – January 19, 2020
“Heaven Truly Gained An Angel”

On Sunday, January 19, Rosetta was reunited with her husband Gino.

Her strength and courage this last year and a half were a true testament of the strong woman she was.

Rosetta was born on July 18, 1938 in Grimaldi Italy. She came to Canada in 1961 alongside her husband Gino and infant son Sebastiano, making Winnipeg her new home. Shortly after arriving in Winnipeg, she started working in the garment industry, quickly making lifelong friends who had also arrived from Italy a short time before.

In 1964 her daughter Maria was born, and it was at that time that Rosetta and Gino started thinking about venturing into business on their own. Nucci’s Italian Variety Shop came to be in 1968, selling such items as magazines, records, fine china, marble tables, porcelain dolls and bomboniere, all imported from Italy. It was at this store that Rosetta once again made many more lifelong friends.

Rosetta and Gino would again establish another business in 1971, Calabria Club, just a few doors down from the variety shop and she would work countless hours in both businesses. It was then that Rosetta and Gino would start experimenting in the making of “Gelati”

Rosa’s Restaurant came to be in 1980 and Rosetta would share her love of Italian food, preparing many amazing dishes for the many customers who became and remain friends today.

Nucci’s projects came and went but it was “Gelati” that they had a passion for. This brought on their final venture “Nucci’s Gelati.”

Together Rosetta and Gino created a legacy. The many friends from the garment factory, Variety Shop, Calabria Club, Rosa’s Restaurant along with new customers from all over the world would come in for their famous Gelati!

Like many others, Rosetta and Gino came from a foreign country, not knowing a word of english, in spite of some of these challenges they provided for and loved their little family with all their hearts.

Corydon Avenue, where all the Nucci establishments were built was home to Rosetta and Gino for over 50 years. Along with many other restaurants, bars and shops, Rosetta and Gino were instrumental in creating “Little Italy” which everyone came to love.

Mamma/Nana you had a way with people and you were loved by all……Especially us !!

Riposa in Pace

The family would like to thank palliative and home care staff for their compassion and support in ensuring that Rosetta was comfortable.

Rosetta was predeceased by her husband Gino, her parents, mother and father-in-law, siblings and nephews.

She is survived by her son Sebastiano, her daughter Maria (Michael) and her grandchildren Nikolas and Rachel; brothers Luigi (Anna), Mario (Rosetta) brother and sister-in-law, Emilio and Teresa, sister-in-law Jennie and numerous nephews and nieces in Italy and Winnipeg.

Mass of the Resurrection will be held on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church, 510 River Rd., Winnipeg, MB, condolences will be offered at 9:30 am, Funeral mass at 11:00 am, Rev. Father Gerry Ward presiding. Entombment in Queen of Heaven Mausoleum – Assumption Cemetery, 3990 Portage Ave. Winnipeg, MB.

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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, January 28th, 2020 | 9:30am - 11:00am
    Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church
    510 River Ave.
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    Tuesday, January 28th, 2020
    9:30am - 11:00am
  • Mass of the Resurrection

    Tuesday, January 28th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church
    510 River Ave.
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    Tuesday, January 28th, 2020
    Rev. Father Gerry Ward
  • Interment

    Tuesday, January 28th, 2020 | 12:30pm
    Assumption Cemetery Queen of Heaven
    3990 Portage Ave.
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    Tuesday, January 28th, 2020
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Lucia Barron

Beautiful Signora Nucci ... you will never be forgotten and always remembered with love and affection. My friends and I always loved your beautiful smile and your genuine welcome was such a joy whenever we came in to enjoy the best gelato in tutto del mondo . Riposi in pace. Loving thoughts and heartfelt sympathy Sebastian and Maria. May God comfort you all in your time of sorrow. Lucia
Comment | Posted at 11:09pm via Condolence

Maria Torchia

Thinking of you and your family and praying for God’s comfort. You are in our hearts and prayers.
~He will not leave you comfortless. He will come to you. ❤️John 14:18
Maria Torchia and family
Comment | Posted at 10:00pm via Condolence

Louise Lamb

Rosa was a warm, vital woman whose talents were many. We first came to know Rosa and Gino when we became regular customers at their wonderful restaurant. Later, we and our children were regulars in the line up for their superb gelati. I stopped at Nucci's for a gelati "fix" when I was on the way to the hospital to prepare to give birth to my daughter, and several years later, Rosa welcomed my daughter and her friend ( both were taking violin lessons and wanted to try busking) to set up their music stands in front of the store and gave them free gelati to keep up their energy! Rosa was one of a kind - warm, generous, and full of creative energy and goodwill. Our sympathies to Sebastiano and Maria and the rest of Rosa's family.

From: Louise Lamb and Norman Mayer
Comment | Posted at 06:08pm via Condolence

Bill Bell

Maria, Emile & family.
Rosa was the ultimate wife, mother and kind person. She was known to me as Momma Rosa. With she, Gino and the family, I always felt at home. Joining them for things that had been family supper was the best. They knew me as Bill the cop and it was always a treat to have an expresso and play the old pinball machines. The pasta was the best on Earth. Her kids, Emile and Maria grew up in a good atmosphere and are kind like her.I send them and the rest of the family my love and very deepest sympathy.

Bill Bell. (Now retired)
Comment | Posted at 02:15pm via Condolence

Steve Mikos

Our sincerest condolences to Emile, Maria(Mike) and all the Nucci family. Loved her spirit, always laughing/joking, always happy to see and talk...and always ready with a brandy. She will be missed!
Trish & Steve Mikos
Comment | Posted at 11:18am via Condolence

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