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May 24, 1939 — April 12, 2019

Amelia (Noni) passed away with family by her side on Friday, April 12, 2019 at the age of 79.  Survived by her three children; daughter Daniela (Ian) Macdonald; sons Louie (Sherri), Tony (Joanne); grandchildren Michael, Kenzie, Nicole, Devon, Megan (Elijah); brothers Livio Basso, Arnaldo (Rosa) Basso; sisters Vanina (Davide) Ricciardi, Mirella Griggio, and many nieces and nephews.  Predeceased by her husband, Anton on July 11, 2013; her brothers Elio, Attilio, Luciano and sisters Augusta and Mici.

Amelia was born on May 24, 1939 in Casarsa, Italy.  She left Italy in 1959 to visit her brothers in Prince Rupert, a visit that turned out to be a one-way trip. Like many immigrants, Amelia worked very hard at various jobs upon her arrival in Prince Rupert.  It was in Prince Rupert where Amelia met the love of her life, Anton (Tony) Gorjanc, and where they raised their three children.  After working 20 years in the Royal Fish Plant, Amelia retired and moved with Tony to Kelowna in 1992.

She continued to enjoy bowling, bingo, Bocce, card playing, Yahtzee, cooking, knitting, gardening, and spending time with family and friends. Amelia cherished and constantly doted on all her grandchildren. She spent endless hours cooking for them, hosting sleepovers, re-watching favourite movies, and playing with them in the back-yard pool.

Following the loss of her husband, Amelia’s battle with depression recurred. She fought bravely, but after 5 years of suffering, it was determined that her illness was incurable due to other medical factors. She lost her battle and we lost our precious, loving mother and grandmother.  The family wishes to express their gratitude for the care, compassion, guidance and assistance of the nurses, care aides and staff of Spring Valley Care Centre.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 10:00 am at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, B.C. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Mental Health Association,www.cmha.ca or Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, www.heartandstroke.ca.

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Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 10:00 am

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In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Mental Health Association or Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada Link: www.cmha.ca, www.heartandstroke.ca


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The service for GORJANC, Amelia is scheduled for Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 10:00 am . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Rd Kelowna, BC


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  • Stella Georgeson says:

    Daniela, Louie, Tony and families,
    Thinking of you and sending love to all. Amelia was a beautiful woman and we will miss her. Sorry we are unable to attend the service as we will be away. xxo

  • Sergio Magro says:

    Daniela, Louie and Tony,
    Amelia was a beautiful soul who brought joy to everyone around her. She had an easy smile and a wonderful sense of humour.
    I know that she loved her family and cared about her friends. My mom always spoke of her with great affection.
    It was an honour to have known Amelia. I will never forget her.

  • Verna Movold says:

    Daniela, Louie, Tony and families
    So sorry for you loss , Your Mom was a beautiful lady and will be miss by all that knew her .
    Verna and Family

  • Roman and Cris Bertolutti’s says:

    Our hearts are heavy today. Thinking of your family with our deepest sympathy. Amelia will never be forgotten. Roman and Cris

  • Connie says:

    I am saddened by the passing of Amelia and want to express my heartfelt condolences to her family. I was Amelias’s nurse frequently when she was admitted to our unit. She was definitely one of my favourite patients. She was a kind , compassionate person who never failed to ask how I was despite being in such turmoil herself. Such a wonderful person. I know that she is no longer suffering. Take comfort in your wonderful memories of your mother.

  • Valter Sharon Valentinuzzi says:

    Daniela, louie, Tony, we are deeply saden by your Moms passing.

  • Leanne says:

    I was truly saddened to hear about Amelia’s passing… She was such a lovely lady whom I’ve grown to know over the years as one of her nurses, she held a special place in my heart. I will miss her smile, kind spirit and our long talks together.. I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the family, I know you loved her so dearly, as she did you all…May she rest peacefully now💛

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