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Oshell, Yolanda Mafalda (nee Donati)

May 12, 1924 - November 11, 2015
With love and respect, we honor our mother, Yolanda Oshell, who passed away peacefully on the evening of November 11, 2015, surrounded by her children. Yolanda was born on May 12, 1924, in Creighton Mine, to the late Antonio and Madelena (Piccinetti) Donati. The family moved to Pesaro, Italy for a brief period of time, then returned to Canada and settled on Hemlock Street. Yolanda spent most of her childhood and teenage years in the West End of Sudbury and was very proud of her Italian heritage. Her stories of life in the West End during the depression and war years were memorable. In 1947, Yolanda married Leo Oshell (predeceased 2000) and they raised their family of four children on Howey Drive in Sudbury. She is survived by Madeleine (Bill Sutton), Mickey (Michael Piela), Michael (Lesia Sus) and Maureen (Murray Low). She is survived by nine grandchildren, Tiffany (David Taylor), Curtis (Carmen Miszczak), Joshua Piela (Mara Storey), Alexandra Piela, Jesse Oshell (Lorna McCall), Kate (Brad Smith), Maggie Low, Nick Low and Doug Low who are left with many colorful memories of spending time with Grandma and Poppy who loved them all so much. Yolanda was also the proud great-grandmother of 7 great-grandchildren.
Dear sister of Lillian Gallagher (Richie) both predeceased and Enso Donati (Julie) both predeceased. She will also be sadly missed by nieces, nephews and cousins.
In previous years Yolanda was co-owner and manager of The Roselyn Ladies’ Wear Shoppe. She had a fantastic sense of fashion. After leaving the retail world, she volunteered with Meals on Wheels and the Canadian Cancer Society. She enjoyed travelling in her younger years and was fortunate enough to visit her extended family’s home in Pesaro, Italy. Yolanda had many friends who appreciated her company, her opinions and her quick wit. Although age and mobility challenges slowed her movements, her mind was at work continually and she was never at a loss for words. She really was an unforgettable character in so many ways.
We wish to express our thanks to the staff of the Red Oak Villa who were so kind to Yolanda over the past three years. We also would like to acknowledge and are very appreciative of the many services provided through CCAC, your efforts helped to improve the quality of her life so much. Also our sincere thank you to the EMTs, nurses and doctors who helped make Yolanda’s final hours comfortable. Your attentiveness to our needs and the respect shown to our mother will truly never be forgotten.
In respecting Yolanda’s wishes, there will be no visitation. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at the Church of Christ the King, 30 Beech Street, Sudbury on Monday, November 16, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. Interment in The Veteran’s Wall, Civic Cemetery. Donations to the Blue Door Café, http://bluedoorsoup.ca/donations/ will be gratefully acknowledged.
“ A mother is always the beginning. She is how things begin.” Amy Tan

5 Condolences

  1. Mike, our sincere sympathy on the loss of your mother.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

    Posted by:Gates and Debbie Rainville
    November 16, 2015
  2. Madeleine,Mickey and Maureen, we were so sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. I like to think she is with Enso and Julie and watching over all of you/us. Take care of each other at this time of grief and in the days ahead.

    Posted by:Doreen and John Fenton
    November 16, 2015
  3. Our sincere sympathy to you and your family, Michael. May you remember all the wonderful moments spent together to help you get through this time of sorrow. Sending healing prayers and hugs. ♡

    Posted by:Gisele and John Legris
    November 14, 2015
  4. Dear Madeleine,Mickey,Maureen and families – my deepest sympathy in the loss of your dear Mother and Grandmother.
    Sincerely, Pat Muldoon

    Posted by:P. Muldoon
    November 13, 2015
  5. My condolences to the family, Yolanda was a great friend, always greeting people with that bright smile and sincerity that knew no bounds. She will be missed.

    Posted by:Mark Asselin
    November 13, 2015

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