BENTLEY, Michelina (nee Lauriente)
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Born June 24, 1925 in Agnone, Molise, Italy. Michelina died peacefully surrounded by family on January 9, 2013. She was predeceased by her husband Fraser and survived by beloved daughters Marie (Bill), Ann (Gennaro), Donna (Paul), and Sonia (Bruce), beloved grandchildren Michael (Svetlana), David (Tili), Jennifer (Jeff), and Matisse and beloved great grandchildren Stefan, Jason, Brendan, Hailey, and Daria. Michelina is also survived by sister Elena in Italy, brother Salvatore in Germany, and sister Livia in Argentina. Michelina grew up in Agnone, Molise, Italy. "Everything we had we made ourselves. We were happy." After World War II Michelina travelled by ship to Venezuela with the Italian Consulate in the early 1950's. From there she travelled with the Consulate to Oregon in 1955 where she was introduced to Fraser by the Farmiloe family. Michelina and Fraser married in Idaho in 1955 and settled in North Vancouver where Fraser built our family home. After they were married Fraser and Michelina brought Michelina's daughter, Maria, who was born in Italy, to Canada. Michelina was an energetic, strong, and wise woman who brought many gifts and talents to her family. She loved sewing, canning, cooking, baking, and gardening to name just a few. She loved to walk. She walked the West Vancouver seawall for many years where she met and made many friends. Michelina worked for many years at Lions Gate Hospital where she loved her job in housekeeping and made many friends. Her genuine kindness and generous spirit at work and in the neighbourhood at home attracted many lifelong friends. Fraser once said "She is friends with some of the best women in this town." Special thank you to Michelina's sisters and brothers and their families in Italy, Germany and Argentina. Special thank you to Dr. Anise Lakha in North Vancouver for all your kindness toward and wonderful care of "Mum" over the years and Dr. G. Sreenivasan at VGH. Celebration of Life to be held at First Memorial Boal Chapel, 1505 Lillooet Road, North Vancouver, B.C. on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. Flowers gratefully declined, friends so wishing may make a memorial contribution to Childfund International Canada.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from Jan. 15 to Jan. 19, 2013