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Born: Jan 26, 1948

Date of Passing: Aug 21, 2023

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January 26, 1948 – August 21, 2023

On Monday, August 21, 2023, Nicetta Palumbo (nee Di Tomo) peacefully fell asleep in death.

She is survived by her sons, Marco (Hang), Simone (Cherie), Piero (Antoinette); six grandchildren: Vincenzo, Savannah, Marco, Sofia, Sonny, and Kevin; and two great-grandchildren: Mirella and Theodore. She also leaves behind her sister Amalia (Pantaleone), and brothers, Alfredo (Anna), Lorenzo (Lina), Fernando (Marisa), and Evelino, as well as many brothers- and sisters-in-law (notably Emma and Carmela Palumbo) and nephews and nieces.

She was predeceased by her husband of 38 years, Oreste Palumbo in 2006, her youngest son Adriano in 2010, her father Umberto, her mother Vincenza, and her brother Domenico and his wife Anna, her nephew Michele and nieces, Marcella and Monia.

Mom was born in Ripa Teatina, Chieti, Italia on January 26, 1948. When she was 18 she married but only enjoyed him for six months when he passed away from cancer. She moved back home with her family until one day she made a bowl of pasta for a visitor. Oreste Palumbo, who then lived and worked in Winnipeg, Canada, had heard of the beautiful farm girl in the hills of Chieti. Between her beauty and the pasta, dad didn't stand a chance. They communicated by letter for months until they married on February 10, 1968, moving to Winnipeg, Canada only two months later.

Emilio and Emma and their three daughters welcomed the newlyweds into their home. Not speaking a word of English, Nicetta soon got a job in Housekeeping at the Health Sciences Centre where she worked until she took early retirement. The majority of those years at the hospital was working the night shift, while Oreste worked during the day at CN Rail. Together, they raised their four boys the best way they knew how on a tight budget and little sleep.

Nicetta was probably best known for generously expressing love. Whether it was epic sit-down family or congregation dinner parties in the basement for 40 or more, quietly helping persons in need with a timely gift, giving big hugs and kisses, or helping her boys get established in life, she rarely missed an opportunity to express her love if she could.

Mom was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses in 1972 and faithfully served God until the day she died. She loved attending meetings, especially singing and the privilege of sharing her faith by commenting. Although she was never very confident preaching in the English language, her love for people moved her to exert herself and in time she grew to love the ministry. What she may have lacked in proficiency she more than made up for in warm personal interest, placing scores of literature with people wherever they could be found. Over the years she associated with the Italian, The Maples, Balmoral, Broadway, and Arlington congregations.

Nicetta had strong faith in God's promise of the time when mankind's enemy, death, will be no more, and instead be able to greet all her loved ones back from the grave. (1 Corinthians 15:26; Revelation 20:13, 14; Revelation 21: 4; Acts 24:15) We will wait for you mom, as patiently as we can.

The Palumbo boys want to thank all the health care professionals who compassionately assisted mom over the last few years, including the staff at Lions Manor Personal Care Home, Concordia Hospital, and Grace Hospital.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, September 9 at 3:00 p.m. at the Winnipeg Kingdom Hall Centre of Jehovah's Witnesses, 227 Lakewood Blvd. with Anthony Markham presiding.

Zoom Meeting Room opens at 2:45 PM CT. Meeting ID: 842 4548 4548 - Passcode: 750585

Publish Date: Sep 9, 2023


It is with deep sadness the family announces the passing of Nicetta on August 21, 2023, at the Grace General Hospital at the age of 75 years.

A longer notice with service details will be published at a later date.

Publish Date: Sep 2, 2023

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 02, 2023, Sep 09, 2023

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • I give all the family my sympathy and prayers. I am so sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Norine rodych (Friend of the family ) on: Sep 16, 2023

  • I was sorry to hear that Nicetta had past. Knowing Marco from early childhood, we became best friends & still are to this very day. Nicetta was like a second mom, as I spent a lot of time over at the Palumbo residence. Nicetta was a very loving & caring person which she showed by her actions, her hugs were well known as well as her need to feed you. She was a wonderful person and will be dearly missed. Our thoughts & prayers are with the family, with our deepest condolences. - Posted by: Harold Boehm (Family friend) on: Sep 09, 2023

  • Simone and family we are so sorry for your loss, rest in peace Mrs. Palumbo. from Colleen and Garth Donaldson - Posted by: Garth Donaldson (Co worker custodian Victoria hospital ) on: Sep 09, 2023

  • I was so sad to hear that Nicetta passed away. I will always remember her loving personality. And when she hugged you, you knew she loved you! Cooking was a passion of hers. And for those who have had the pleasure of dining at Nicetta’s table, know that every meal was delicioso!! And no doubt, made with love. Nicetta will be deeply missed by family and friends. But we know we will welcome her back in God’s new world when she will be healthy and young again. Rev 21:4. - Posted by: Cindy LoPresti (Friend) on: Sep 08, 2023

  • I am so saddened to hear of Nicetta's passing. She worked at HSC and that was where I got to know her and love her. She gave the best hugs. Her cooking was legendary and she loved inviting our staff from the Child Develoment Clinc to her home for a fabulous meal. Her name really says so much about her, "NICE"tta. Rest in peace lovely lady. - Posted by: Dianne Kennedy (friend) on: Sep 02, 2023

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