Valerina Rainelli

Obituary of Valerina Rainelli


RAINELLI, Valerina (nee Fiorilli)
Born in Guardialfiera, Campobasso, Italy on May 5, 1928 and passed away on Friday, January 29, 2021 at Iler Lodge in Essex. Beloved wife of the late Anthony "Tony" (2014). Loving mother of Mary Antonuzzo (late Vincenzo), Pierina DiRisio (late Domenic) and Anna Sauro (Tony). Loved by her grandchildren, Gina and Rob Miller, Marco and Yolande Antonuzzo, Robert and Shelley DiRisio, David and Jennifer Antonuzzo, Paula Sauro Robinson, Tina and Michael Wasilewski. Valerina was blessed with 12 great grandchildren, Daniel, Zachary, Marisa, Alicia, Vincenza, Sydney, Katie, Travis, Sophia, Samantha, Aleah and Jax. Predeceased by her parents Antonio and Maddalena Fiorilli, and her siblings Josie (Joe) Rainelli, Adele (Frank) Tamilia, Mario and surviving sister-in-law Maria Fiorilli and Edda Fiorilli. Also survived by nieces and nephews in Canada and Italy. Valerina was a lifetime member of Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Women's League. Her life was completely devoted to her children and her grandchildren. Her hard work will never be forgotten. She opened her home and her heart to everyone. Her passion was cooking and baking and no one can ever duplicate her pizza and biscotti. The family would like to thank the staff at Iler Lodge for the wonderful care shown to their mother. Visiting at the Reid Funeral Home & Reception Centre, 87 Maidstone Ave. East, Essex (519-776-4233) on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 from 2-5pm. A Private Family Celebration of Valerina's life will take place on Thursday at 2 pm. Friends may join in the livestream link at our website on Valerina's profile at  Entombment Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. Due to COVID restrictions, visitation is limited to a specific number of visitors. Only those with an appointment will be allowed in. Please book an appointment at All visitors must remain in their cars in our parking lot until their designated time and one of our staff members comes to invite you into our facility. Everyone must wear a mask. Memorial donations made to the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated. Family and friends are invited to share their words of comfort and remembrance at


Visitation 1

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Reid Funeral Home & Reception Centre
87 Maidstone Avenue East
Essex, Ontario, Canada