We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Adina Mancini, a remarkable individual who touched the lives of many as a Daughter, Wife, Mother, Nonna, Sister, Aunt, and Friend. On Sunday, November 19, 2023, in Calgary, Alberta, Adina peacefully left this world, surrounded by the love of those closest to her.
Dina was born on August 6, 1954, to Domenico and Iolanda Mattucci. Throughout her life, Dina's light grew brighter, captivating the hearts of those around her. With a compassionate nature and magnetic personality, she was an irreplaceable presence.
After completing her education at St. Francis High School in 1972, she followed her creativity by studying Interior Design at Mount Royal College, while also working part-time at the bank.
Her dreams of building a home and a family started to become a reality when she married Vito Mancini in October 1982. Together they would raise two boys, who would carry on Dina’s values of a welcoming home, traditional cooking, and time with loved ones. Once her boys were ready to start school, Dina saw an opportunity to pursue her desire to work in Education. She took a job at St. Hubert Elementary School, helping in the lunchroom, and working her way to a more permanent role as a Teacher Assistant. After many rewarding years, she was overjoyed to be promoted to Librarian, a job that allowed her to spend her days reading and engaging with all the kids at the school.
In 2013 she welcomed her first two grandchildren. Becoming a Nonna was an honour that she embraced with her entire soul, sharing with them her culture, creative flare, and quirky sense of humor at every opportunity. While she would have been content with just the two, she was thrilled to welcome a third grandchild in 2019. In him she found a partner in crime when it came to inappropriate treat distribution.
Dina will be deeply missed by her devoted husband Vito; her sons, Adam (Shawna), and Anthony (Tracy); and her cherished grandchildren, Kiara, Luciano, and Lorenzo. She will also be remembered by her sister Mary (Colin) Sartoris; numerous nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, and grand-nephews, in both Canada and Italy; and her lifelong best friend and confidant, Eva Weckl. She now watches over her family alongside her mother Iolanda and father Domenico Mattucci.
Those who were blessed to meet Dina will remember her for her kind soul and warmth. She loved travelling, beautiful jewellery, and decorating her home, but her family always remained her greatest pride and joy. Her spirit will continue to inspire and guide us, reminding us to embrace each day with love, passion, and unwavering determination.
We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to the staff of Unit 39, the Pulmonary Hypertension Team, and the Dialysis Unit at the Peter Lougheed Centre for their care, and dedication to Dina’s health. We also want to thank the Trauma staff at the Peter Lougheed Centre for their unbelievable compassion and for providing Dina the dignity and respect she deserved as she passed.
Relatives and friends are invited to a Tribute, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church (Corner of 4th Street and Northmount Drive NW) on Tuesday, November 28, 2023, at 6:30 p.m. and a Funeral Mass, also at Corpus Christi Catholic Church on Wednesday, November 29, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. A live stream will be available for the Funeral Mass and can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGw3iwoVpK4
In lieu of flowers, Dina’s wish would be a donation to the Pulmonary Hypertension Society at https://phacanada.ca/Home or the Scleroderma Society at https://www.scleroderma.ca/.