It is with great sadness, we announce the passing of Elvira Niro, our loving Mother-in-law, Nonna, Bis-Nonna and friend to all those whose lives she touched. Elvira left us on January 2nd at 5:50 am while sleeping peacefully at Bethell Hospice in Inglewood, Ontario. She was 93 years old.
Elvira was the daughter of Nicola and Camilla Spensieri and was born in Vinchiaturo, Campobasso, Italy in 1928. She had a brother Biagio and a sister Filomena. Elvira and her husband, Giovanni met and married in Italy.
To build a better life for their family Giovanni and Elvira decided to leave Italy and move to Toronto. Giovanni went ahead with Elvira following with her son Nick. Leaving Naples, Italy on December 9th 1952, Elvira at age 24 with her son Nick arrived at the port of New York, New York on Ellis Island on December 18th to join her husband Giovanni Niro on Earlscourt in Toronto. With her husband she raised her two sons Nick and Joseph at 25 Hilldale Road in Toronto.
Elvira, loved to garden and cook – teaching her grandchildren to make some of their favourites from gnocchi, fresh pasta, fresh bread, crostoli, and her homemade soup. She was also known for her amazing tomato sauce and homemade balsamic vinegar. She loved to talk on the phone for hours with her dear sister-in-laws Carmela and Antonietta. Elvira loved to laugh, had a witty sense of humour and a mischievous side to her that made us all smile.
Sadly, she was predeceased by her husband Giovanni and her two sons Nick (Mary) and Joseph (Rosanna) and her brother Biagio (Antonietta) Spensieri. Elvira was fiercely independent and was extremely proud of her home in Caledon East, where she moved to be closer to her family. She was a dear Mother-in-law of Mary and Rosanna. A proud Nonna of: Laura (Rich), Michelle (Ken), Nadia (Brian), Lisa (Joey), Carina, and Catherine. And was a Bis-Nonna to nine great-grandchildren – Hannah, Caitlyn, Madelin, Emily, Natalie, Gwen, Aria, Liam, and Nikolaos.
Elvira will be dearly missed by all those whose lives she touched and her memory will forever be a blessing.
On Wednesday, January 5th there will be a private visitation at 11 am at Egan Funeral Home in Bolton for family due to Covid restrictions. There will be a burial at Sanctuary Park Cemetary – 1570 Royal York Road, Etobicoke on Thursday, January 6th at 2 pm.
Condolences for the family may be offered at www.EganFuneralHome.com