Gina Bortolussi

Gina Bortolussi

BORTOLUSSI, Gina – of Trail, passed away peacefully at her home on July 23, 2013 at the age of 89.

Gina was born August 11, 1923 in San Quirino, Pordenone, Italy. She was the 2nd oldest of four children born to Maria (nee Bomben) and Giovanni De Pellegrin.

Gina emigrated with her family about 1931 to stay with family in Trail, BC. She left school early to work at the Star Bakery to help support and establish her family.

She met her husband Eligio at the Star Bakery and they married in 1943 just before he left for England with the Canadian Army. She raised 3 children and managed and maintained 2 apartment houses for 30 years.

Mom and Dad bought a lot in 1955 at Christina Lake and built the cabin the next year. The whole extended family met and enjoyed many summers there and will continue to enjoy their great retreat.

Gina is survived by her sister Olympia McNaughton and her brother Bob De Pellegrin, her three children; Wayne (Ellen), Barbara (Jerry), Robert (Sylvia), her grandchildren; Leanne (Hap), Andrea, Kristeen (Jason), Trevor (Julia), Jacquelyn and Stephanie, her great-grandchildren; Isabella, Simone, Sebastian, Jackson, Blake, Alyssa and many nieces and nephews.

Gina was an active member of the Sisters of Colombo and the Catholic Women’s League and convened many teas over the years.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 10:00 am at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church with Father Jim McHugh, Celebrant. Jordan Wren of Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services™ has been entrusted with arrangements.

As an expression of sympathy, donations in Gina’s name may be made to the Kootenay Boundary Regional Health Foundation at 1200 Hospital Bench, Trail, BC V1R 4M1 or online at

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