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Born: Jul 18, 1938

Date of Passing: Jan 19, 2020

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July 18, 1938 – January 19, 2020
"Heaven Truly Gained An Angel"

On Sunday, January 19, Rosetta was reunited with her husband Gino.
Her strength and courage this last year and a half were a true testament of the strong woman she was.
Rosetta was born on July 18, 1938 in Grimaldi, Italy. She came to Canada in 1961 alongside her husband Gino and infant son Sebastiano, making Winnipeg her new home. Shortly after arriving in Winnipeg, she started working in the garment industry, quickly making lifelong friends who had also arrived from Italy a short time before.
In 1964 her daughter Maria was born, and it was at that time that Rosetta and Gino started thinking about venturing into business on their own. Nucci's Italian Variety Shop came to be in 1968, selling such items as magazines, records, fine china, marble tables, porcelain dolls and bomboniere, all imported from Italy. It was at this store that Rosetta once again made many more lifelong friends.
Rosetta and Gino would again establish another business in 1971, Calabria Club, just a few doors down from the variety shop and she would work countless hours in both businesses. It was then that Rosetta and Gino would start experimenting in the making of "Gelati."
Rosa's Restaurant came to be in 1980 and Rosetta would share her love of Italian food, preparing many amazing dishes for the many customers who became and remain friends today.
Nucci's projects came and went, but it was "Gelati" that they had a passion for. This brought on their final venture "Nucci's Gelati."
Together Rosetta and Gino created a legacy. The many friends from the garment factory, Variety Shop, Calabria Club, Rosa's Restaurant, along with new customers from all over the world would come in for their famous Gelati!
Like many others, Rosetta and Gino came from a foreign country, not knowing a word of english. In spite of some of these challenges, they provided for and loved their little family with all their hearts.
Corydon Avenue, where all the Nucci establishments were built, was home to Rosetta and Gino for over 50 years. Along with many other restaurants, bars and shops, Rosetta and Gino were instrumental in creating "Little Italy" which everyone came to love.
Mamma/Nana you had a way with people and you were loved by all……Especially us !!
Riposa in Pace!
The family would like to thank palliative and home care staff for their compassion and support in ensuring that Rosetta was comfortable.
Rosetta was predeceased by her husband Gino; her parents; mother and father-in-law; siblings and nephews.
She is survived by her son Sebastiano; her daughter Maria (Michael) and her grandchildren, Nikolas and Rachel; brothers, Luigi (Anna), Mario (Rosetta); brother and sister-in-law, Emilio and Teresa; sister-in-law Jennie and numerous nephews and nieces in Italy and Winnipeg.
Mass of the Resurrection will be held on Tuesday, January 28, 2020, at Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church, 510 River Road, Winnipeg, MB. Condolences will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Funeral mass at 11:00 a.m. Rev. Father Gerry Ward presiding. Entombment in Queen of Heaven Mausoleum – Assumption Cemetery, 3990 Portage Ave., Winnipeg, MB.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 25, 2020

Condolences & Memories (15 entries)

  • Our deepest condolences on the loss of your mother. She was a beautiful kind soul and will be sorely missed. - Posted by: Daria & John (Customers ) on: Mar 14, 2020

  • My Wife and I moved to the Corydon Area in 1991 and soon discovered a quaint (yet popular) little Gelato Shop not far from our home. Rosa/Gino and the Kids treated us and everyone that ventured into the shop like family. We are so sorry for your loss. Please accept our deepest, deepest condolences. Rest in Peace Rosa... Bob and Sylvia - Posted by: Robert(Bob)Ginter (Long time customer) on: Feb 18, 2020

  • What a lovely, kind woman. She served us the best gelati in Canada for many years. Best to her family - Posted by: Leala Hewak (Customer) on: Feb 15, 2020

  • Dear Emilio and The Nucci Family. I like to express my condolences for the passing of Dear Mom Rosa.God Bless! - Posted by: Tony Guzzi (friend) on: Feb 13, 2020

  • Our condolences to the family on the loss of your mother and grandmother. Mrs. Nucci was a wonderful woman and a gentle soul. She was an inspiration to everyone that got to know her. The two of us and my grandchildren will miss her behind the gelato counter with her smile that always made us welcome. - Posted by: Erminio and Linda Caligiuri (friends) on: Feb 07, 2020

  • Our condolences to the Nucci Family. I have such fond memories of Rosa while I was growing up. Such a kind, sweet woman who made time to listen to all who visited her while she worked on Corydon. Rest In Peace sweet Rosa. - Posted by: Joe and Rosa Buoncore (Friend ) on: Feb 01, 2020

  • Sebastiano and Maria My condolences to both of you and all your Families .Your mother was always seen as a very hard worker night and day in any of your parents business that they owned . We had an apt block on Corydon for a few years and we always came to buy the ice cream for desert on Sundays . Growing up I remember my father Bernardo Tucci Announcing on his Sunday Italian Radio Program that the best Italian Ice-cream that we have in Winnipeg is Nucci Gelati on Corydon Avenue. Which we will never forget. My prayers are with both of you Maria(Tucci)Schinkel - Posted by: Maria(Tucci)Schinkel (Friend) on: Jan 28, 2020

  • Maria, our deepest condolences to you and your family for your loss. Your mom always had a wonderful smile to greet us every time we came to Nucci's with our young girls. She was always so patient with the girls and made them feel so much at home often giving 'a little extra' for a smile back. She will definitely be missed be all. I hope you find comfort in the many wonderful memories of her. May she rest in peace. Love you. - Posted by: Sal, Catherine, Michela & Marissa Troia (Friends) on: Jan 27, 2020

  • Maria, Michele and family.....our thought and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Although she will no longer be with you, she will always be in your hearts and memories. Sinceri Condoglianze Amici Maria, Luciano e famiglia - Posted by: Maria/Luciano (Friend ) on: Jan 27, 2020

  • Maria we are so sorry to hear about your mother. Our condolences to you and your family at this difficult time. - Posted by: Rosa and Reg Rutherford (Friends) on: Jan 26, 2020

  • Sorry to hear of the passing of Rosetta. Our deepest condolences. - Posted by: Clara Costantini & family (Friends) on: Jan 26, 2020

  • Rosa was a special kind human being always had a smile to greet you with my coworkers. I would frequent Nucci’s Gelati for coffee, my heart goes out to her family and especially Maria, who is so much like mama smiling love you xoxo . - Posted by: Erika Suru (Friend) on: Jan 26, 2020

  • Condolences to the family at this hard time. We met Rosa,Gino and family in the early 80’s when we were all running the concessions at Grand Beach. Lots of laughs and fun from back in the days.Rosa and Gino will be together now and may they Rest In Peace together ❤️ - Posted by: Heather Trosky (Friend) on: Jan 26, 2020

  • Signora Nucci was truly a Signora! To you Maria, Michele and your loved ones, everyday in some small way memories of mamma will come your way. Though she will be absent, she will always be near, always missed, loved and always dear. We love you. - Posted by: Ana Maria e Carlo Nevieri and family (Friends) on: Jan 25, 2020

  • I met Rosa in the mid eighties.I applied for the job at their restaurant and was hired on the spot. We became quickly attached and had a deep love for each other.Rosa was so wonderful. We shared so many laughs as well as so many tears for at least a decade. Rosa was an angel she endured so much and worked so hard. Her passion for animals was her hearts desire. I remember once when Leo their dog was peeking through closed drapes right at the health inspector who was on his way in.There was Toby the cat, Lola and Hobo who Gino had found in the garbage can on a cold February night. Rosa loved them all beyond belief. Her family always came first. I wish I had come to see you more often Rosa. I will always love and miss you. R.I.P sweet friend - Posted by: bev goss (family friend) on: Jan 25, 2020

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