fiery spirit departed this Earth on Tuesday, May 2, to join her beloved
husband of 42 years, who passed before her in 1987.
She was a
courageous, kind and inspiring woman who was adored by most all who she came
in contact with. Cheerful and witty, she touched the lives of those she met
in both small and profound ways, whether being a dear, close friend or
simply by baking pastries for family, friends, or even acquaintances.
She was born Nella
Montorsi in Hyange, France, to Joseph and Alice Montorsi (Balconi) on
January 14th, 1924. She was raised in Alsace, Lorraine, France and she
immigrated to the United States after marrying the love of her life, Joseph
Koladin, who was an American soldier in WWII.
Nelly had an
intense passion for music, especially Italian Opera, and she was serenaded
by her favorite, Luciano Pavarotti as she passed on. Nelly was an undaunted
and optimistic woman who could make the best out of any situation. She had
been a nurse and a chef, but the titles she was most proud of were wife,
mother, grandma (Nana) and great-grandma.
Her legacy of
compassion, generosity and vivaciousness will live on in the hearts of her
children, Christiane (Jean Francois) Chauvelin, Evelyne (Joseph) Dacey, Dan
(Terry) Koladin and Lisa (Michael) Scheiber, her grandchildren, Patrick (Fabienne)
Weller, Christophe Weller, Christie (Jon) Iacovetti, David Dacey, Tania
(Adam) Ballou, Daniel Koladin, and Denise (Robert) Freeman, 16
great-grandchildren, and many, many friends.
considered family to herÉ A heartfelt “Thank You” to all who cared for her
in her final days, especially the incredible staff and volunteers at the VNA
Hospice Center in Valparaiso.
A memorial service
to celebrate her life will be held on a later date with details forthcoming.
In lieu of flowers
please feel free to donate to VNA Hospice in Valparaiso, IN.
handled by Edmonds and Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton, IN
to the family may be made at www.ee-fh.com