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Obituary for Nicla Luisa Donnelly (Anzil)

DONNELLY, Nicla Luisa (nee Anzil)– passed away on November 18, 2022. Daughter of Louis (p) and Elsa Anzil. Loving wife to Francis (p) and devoted mother to her daughters Andrea, Colleen, Deborah (Roberto), Darlene (p) and Kathleen. Indulgent Nonna to Kristian, Maxim, Justin, Alessandra, Blitzen (p), Sabrina, Atticus, Riviera. Beloved sister to Frank (Cathie) and Mark (Lisa) as well as Romeo Polano (p) (Luigina) and Roberto Polano (Elvia), who were like brothers and Lenore Zuliani and Marinella Pegoraro, who were like sisters. She was aunt to several nieces and nephews and had a special place in her heart for her cousins (Anzil, Pidutti, Polano, Toppazzini) in Canada and Italy and the Falzettas especially sweet Carolina.

Nicla was born in San Daniele del Friuli, Italy on November 3, 1944. She was fluent in Italian, Furlan, French and English. Nicla initially worked with her parents who were renowned hair stylists in Europe. She later taught hairdressing at Sudbury Tech. She ceased working to raise her family. Her daughters remember coming home to hot homemade lunches every school day. Nicla volunteered in the community for decades starting with Ecole St. Louis de Gonzague. She was a devout catholic and quite engaged with the Italian community. Being remarkably creative and an incredibly talented artist, Nicla loved drawing, sketching, and painting. She also enjoyed sewing, embroidery, knitting, crocheting and making one-of-a-kind “Barbie” clothes for her girls. For years, she choreographed the Furlan kid dances as part of the Fieste Furlan held at the Caruso Club. She also took part in preparing various crafts for fundraising events including making stuffed animals and dolls.

She and her husband loved travelling and shared that love with their children. She also enjoyed her ‘card nights’ with her long-time girlfriends, delighted in watching “Hallmark” movies and was a biscotti epicure.

Nicla was known for her selflessness, generosity, caring, empathy, compassion, resilience, hopefulness and supportive nature.

We appreciate you beyond measure and hold you in our hearts forever! Love you MORE!

Grazie per tutto!! Che Dio ti benedica. Mandi!

Resting at the Jackson and Barnard Funeral Home, 233 Larch St., Sudbury. (Friends may call 2-4; 5:30-7:30pm Wednesday with parish prayers at 3pm Wednesday). Funeral Mass in Christ the King Church, 30 Beech St., Sudbury on Thursday, November 24, 2022, at 9:30am. Cremation with entombment at the Civic Cemetery Mausoleum. Donations to the Sudbury Food Bank would be appreciated. For donations or messages of condolence,