Lilla Daprocida Obituary, Death – Lilla Eroina Daprocida has passed away, It is with great regret that the family announces the death of their beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother (Lilla) Eroina Daprocida on January 15, 2023 in Kimberley, BC at the age of 88. Lilla Eroina Chiricosta Monoriti was born on March 24, 1934 in Pietrapennata, Reggio Calabria, Italy. She married Giuseppe (Joe) Daprocida in 1957 and relocated to Canada in 1959. Eroina and Joe married on February 7, 1959, in Kimberley, British Columbia. They had been married for over 64 years when she died. They have resided in Kimberley their entire life, purchasing their first home on Wallinger Avenue in 1961 and then moving to their current home on Levirs Avenue in 1983. Eroina is survived by her husband, Joe, as well as her daughters Aida Rowat (Darrell), Edina Lobban, Joy Brown (Robert), and son Paul Daprocida (Kristen).
Amanda Rowat (Sam), Amy Cunningham (Lawrence), Wayne Lobban (Katy), Blair Lobban (Robynne), Randy Lobban, Nicholas Lobban, Kaitlyn Witten (Daniel), Taylor Brown, Jake Daprocida, and Sam Daprocida all called her Nonni. Camryn, Kalle, Jacqueline, Ronan, Lilla, Sophia, Samuel, Ava, and Lawrence were among Nonni’s nine great-grandchildren. Her sister Ovida Iraria in Belgium, as well as several other family members in Canada and Italy, survive Eroina. Her parents, three brothers, an infant daughter, and her son-in-law, Richard Lobban, all predeceased her. Eroina was ecstatic about her family. She frequently stated that she must have done something well to have raised such a wonderful family, and she leaves nothing but pleasant memories behind. Eroina was a patriotic Italian who had spent the majority of her adult life in Canada.
She was an avid Italian soccer fan, and soccer was her top interest throughout the World Cup. She also admired Sophia Loren, her favorite Italian actress. Eroina became a seamstress at the age of 14, learning how to sew and design her own patterns. She started sewing for others in Italy and continued to sew after moving to Canada. In her earlier years, Eroina worked as a seamstress for numerous people in Kimberley. She was noted for her fine sewing talents, and her velvet cushions are very likely still adorning some chesterfields in Kimberley. Eroina possessed a green thumb, as indicated by her magnificent, one-of-a-kind indoor and outdoor plants. She enjoyed the view from her sundeck, and her favorite summer morning activity was watching the hummingbirds outside her sundeck window. Eroina and Joe loved gardening and had a wonderful garden that they harvested and enjoyed all year.
Eroina received her first IPAD at the age of 75, and she quickly learned how to conduct Google searches and use Facebook to interact with family and friends in Canada, Italy, and Belgium. Eroina was a fantastic cook who enjoyed hosting family reunions with spaghetti and meatball feasts. She enjoyed baking bread and was still doing so at the age of 88. Nonni taught her grandchildren some of her family recipes as well as some of her cooking abilities. Eroina was a sweet, loving Christian woman who trusted God to keep her and her family safe and well. As her health weakened, she regularly repeated the quote: “Whatever God wants, I’m in his hands”. The family would like to thank Dr. Shaun Van Zyl, as well as all of the nursing and hospital personnel at Interior Health in Kimberley and Cranbrook, for their excellent care over the years.
Donations to the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society can be offered in lieu of flowers. Eroina will be remembered in the Sacred Heart Church, 502 Church Avenue, Kimberley, BC, on Saturday, January 21 at 11 a.m. The reception will take place in the Catholic Church Hall. The entombment will take place in the Westlawn Cemetery Mausoleum, 521 Borden Road W, Cranbrook, BC, at 2:30 p.m. McPherson Funeral Services handled the funeral arrangements.