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Date of Passing: Jun 04, 2021

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She's gone to heaven in a biscotti jar! Our beloved mom, Liliana Scarnati, collected her wings on June 4, 2021, at age 95 (and a half, as she would say!). With family at her side around the clock in her final days, Mom passed as she wished, in her own bed with 'all her marbles'. We sang, laughed and snuggled right up until the end. It was as beautiful a send-off as one could imagine.
Our mom was a quiet, unassuming woman who emanated grace and kindness with all that she did. She made everyone feel welcome, included and cared for. Lil was a devoted wife to Albert for 40 years and a capable and independent widow for 30 years after that.
Mom had a wicked sense of humour, hated having her picture taken, and loved doing crossword puzzles and playing Jeopardy. She was famous for her gnocchi, ricotta ravioli, Easter Bread, crostoli, butter tarts and so much more. We watched and admired as she became even more alive and herself in her senior years. Mom was nonjudgmental, never spoke a bad word about anyone, and was immensely grateful for everyone and everything in her life.
Our mom, such a tender woman, never seemed to realize how beautiful and spectacular she was. She may not have known, but her kids, Lorraine Baydack, Paul Scarnati (Sheri), Vic Scarnati and Stephanie Staples (Randy) knew. Each and every one of her grandkids knew - Chris Wilcott (Kamelli), Angie Baydack (Dustin), Ryan Baydack, Aaron Staples (Malary), Kara Staples (Taro) and Gina Staples. She had a unique and special relationship with each of us. Her legacy will live on in her great-grandkids - Taycen, Desmond, Noah and her future greats! Along with her family, Lil leaves behind her special friend of 90+ years, Vic Befera, who added so much joy to her last few years and last few days. She loved her family fiercely; that love was returned tenfold and will live on forever.
Mom's poor eyesight was very limiting in her later years. To honour her spirit of giving, we are happy to encourage donations to to help others have their vision restored. Thank you!

We Lava You Mom; Nana Popo, Venuto Papa.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 12, 2021

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • I've had the honour of knowing Mrs. Scarnetti, as I called her, since our family moved to WPG back in 1969! That's when I met Stephanie and our friendship began! Lil was a warm and caring soul! She was an amazing Italian cook whose kitchen was always full of delicious aromas and goodies that would melt in your mouth!!! Being Italian myself, I had an appreciation for her skills and talents to knock out such amazing traditional recipes that would give all those cooking shows a run for their money! Lil loved her family dearly! Every time she spoke of any one of them, you could hear the pride and joy in her voice and see her face light up. I am so thankful that you spent your last days exactly the way you wanted and that your family was with you to see you off as you collected your wings! We send our deepest condolences to the entire Scarnetti family, Stephanie, Vic, Paul, Lorraine and their families as well. May the memories of your mother be always in your mind and forever in your hearts. Sincerely, Gloria Nixon(Milani) Allan and Gina - Posted by: Gloria Nixon (My relationship started at age 6 and continues to this day!) on: Jun 21, 2021

  • How often I heard stories of "Lil," as told by my own mother, Norma Belluz. Lil and Norma were the dearest of friends - from childhood, through marriages, the bearing of children, the loss of spouses and, eventually, the inevitable final and compromised years of their respective lives. One of my favorite stories of Lil, was the one mom told about the after school walks she and Lil would take as children. Lil would 'walk mom home' after school in Fort Frances. And then, upon reaching their destination, Mom would walk Lil home (since they had not finished talking!). Sometimes that back-and-forth stroll would happen three to four times after school! Lil came to visit Mom in Bemidji during one winter season. We had a huge snowstorm and the driveway out of Mom's home was blocked by snow drifts. Lil was scheduled to meet the bus back to Winnipeg. We bundled her up and took her 'to town' on snowmobile. We never quit smiling over that story, and exclaiming about the adventurous and spirited person our dear Lil was. I apologize to Lorraine and Stephanie: I loved signing notes to Lil as "love, from your 'other' daughter." Truly. she was loved as mom. I will hold her in my heart forever. And I will be imagining Lil and Norma strolling the paths of Heaven . . . back and forth. Back and forth! - Posted by: Kathleen Preece (Daughter of Lil's dear friend, the late Norma Belluz (Preece)) on: Jun 12, 2021

  • I remember back in the 1970’s Mrs Scarnati always being in the kitchen preparing some wonderful Italian concoction. Fresh pasta, baked goods, sauces. Every time I have a fine Italian meal I think of her and the wonderful aromas coming from her kitchen. To Paul and the rest of the family my condolences. Your mother was a wonderful woman and mother. - Posted by: Paul Asselin (School Friend of Paul Scarnati) on: Jun 12, 2021

  • I will always remember the gracious lady Lil was, if you visited her as a stranger you left as a friend. I am truly greatful to have know Lil My deepest condolences to your family. - Posted by: Joey Ste Marie (Family Friend) on: Jun 12, 2021

  • My condolences to all of Lil's family. I myself have been through this not long ago. Mom also passed away in her own bed with her family around her. I've know Lil since Steph and Randy were my neighbor on John Forsyth (their first home), the 80s. She was a wonderful lady whose attitude to life I only wish I could have. She had a favorite story about me which had to do with runaway boxer pops. It's too long to go into but she told it many times. You will be missed by many. 💖 Cathy - Posted by: Cathy Allen (Friend ) on: Jun 12, 2021

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