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Norena Adorenta Iannetti

July 7, 1926 ~ May 7, 2022 (age 95)


Norena Adorenta Iannetti

Sydney Mines


We regret to announce the peaceful passing from our world of Norena Iannetti,95, on Saturday, May 7, 2022, at the Northside General Hospital.

She was the daughter of the late Antonio and Guilette (Constantine) Iannetti.

She was predeceased by her infant sister Letzia, brothers Joseph, John, Louis, Albert, Francis, Emilio, Pasquale and Amanda, and sister Rosina Arsenault.

She is survived by brother James (Pauline), Sydney Mines.

Norena was best friend and constant companion to her late sister Rosina and thus developed a strong bond to Rosina’s children, Marley, Anne, Francis and Anthony, who thought of her and treated her like a second mother.

Like her sister and several brothers, she received her early education at the Catholic Boarding School in Cheticamp.

As a young lady, she spent time in Boston, where she worked in the textile industry, until she was called home to tend to her ailing parents, and to run the family general store. It was here that she developed strong work ethics at a young age and learned the fundamentals of business. Her learned skills were put to use when it became necessary for her to run the family trucking and excavation business for a period of time.

She was a cherished Aunt and Grand-Aunt. All her nieces and nephews have fond memories of those hot, sunny days at her tiny cottage in Point Aconi and Tony’s Beach, which at one time was owned by the family.

She was proud of her Italian heritage and often guided the hands of the younger generations so as to carry on various family traditions, such as making homemade pasta and gnocci.

She enjoyed travelling and meeting people on the train to and from Halifax, where for 6 years she was “Nanny” to her grand-nephew Benjamin Bagnell, who loved her like a grandmother. During the later years of her life, she remained active. Her nephew Francis Arsenault and niece Marley Boutilier made sure she was well taken care of, so as to help achieve her goal of remaining in her own home.

Norena was a quiet Catholic and with her compassion for others, she was the “go-to” family confidante for both young and old who sought comfort and reassurance. Her strong will and desire for independence and self-determination will no doubt live on in her nieces and nephews.

Her family is grateful to the healthcare professionals who helped her remain in comfort during her last days.

A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, folks are asked to give to the cemetery fund or charity of your choice.

Life will never be the same without our dear Norena. Love you forever.

Words of comfort may be forwarded to her family at www.jmjobesfuneralhome.com




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