It is with heavy hearts and profound grief that we announce the passing of our “Nona” Angela Pitinac (nee Žerjal) of Chemainus, B.C.  Born in Boljunec, Italy, to Marija and Emil Žerjal, Angela came to Canada in 1949 and graced the lives of many from Montreal to British Columbia.

Even though 99 years young, she loved nothing more than working in her garden, cooking, baking and spending time with her family.

Angela was predeceased by her husband Luka, brother Emil, sister Mira and granddaughter Jennifer Anne.

Her strength, courage and love will live on through those who mourn her passing: her daughter Mary (Bill), grandchildren Angela and Nicholas, sister Vilma, and in Italy her nieces Sonja, Nadia (Miro) and family, and many dear friends near and far.  She will be sorely missed.

Our Nona always told our family to have “coraggio” – – courage.  I found this quote by Winston Churchill:  “Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others.”

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to a charity of one’s choice in her name.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

McCall Gardens

By Dolores M. Garcia

If roses grow in heaven,
Lord please pick a bunch for me,
Place them in my Mother’s arms
and tell her they’re from me.

Tell her I love her and miss her,
and when she turns to smile,
place a kiss upon her cheek
and hold her for awhile.

Because remembering her is easy,
I do it every day,
but there’s an ache within my heart
that will never go away.

Those we love don’t go away; they walk beside us every day.

Unseen, unheard but always near, still loved, still missed, and held so dear.  (Unknown)

  • Juta and Gordon Worster

    Dear Mary, Bill, Angela, and Nicholas,

    Your mother was a warm, generous, kind and gracious woman. She welcomed all who stepped into her life with open arms.
    Her huge and endearing presence will not be diminished today.

    We hold you close.

    Juta and Gordon Worster

  • Stephanie & Tony Whiteley

    We are sorry to hear of our friend Angela’s passing. We will miss her.

  • J& D Uberschar

    Dear Mary and Bill and family,
    So sorry to hear of your loss, Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Jean and Dietmar

  • Eleanor Tandy

    Dear Mary,
    Our deepest condolences to you and Bill. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. Your mom sounds like an amazing lady. You will miss her.
    Eleanor and Jim

  • Ollie Harrison

    So sorry to learn of the loss of your mom Mary. Losing moms is never easy no matter their age. Condolences to you and Bill and your families.

  • Joanne Comper

    Mary and Bill, I am sorry to read this. My condolences. Sounds like she had a busy, very interesting and good life right to the end.
    Angela will be sorry and upset to be so far away.
    Take care, Love Joanne Comper
    PS Bill, I have lost your email, please send.

  • Kathy Felgate

    So very sorry to learn of your Mother’s passing, Mary. Through your and Bill’s loving care, she lived a wonderful and very long life. She will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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