OBITUARY

Nelda A. Belfi

8 August, 192812 July, 2021
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Nelda A. (Magnanini) Belfi, 92, of Southington passed away peacefully on Monday, July 12, 2021 at home with her loving son by her side. She was the wife of the late Victor Belfi for 45 years.

Nelda was born in Fabbrico province of Reggio Emilia, Italy the daughter of the late Pasquale and Paolina (Comis) Magnanini. Nelda and Victor had two sons, the late Ralph Belfi of West Haven, and survived by Daniel Belfi of Southington with whom she made her home. She is also survived by her grandson who she was very proud of, Daniel C Belfi of West Haven. Nelda had 4 brothers, the late Renzo Magnanini of Bologna Italy, Galba and Frank Magnanini both of Wallkill NY who also predeceased her. She is survived by her little brother Michael Magnanini of Cheshire and many nieces and nephews.

Prior to her retirement she was employed by Marlin-Rockwell TRW in Plainville. She was an excellent skier and they taught their sons Daniel and Ralph to ski at ages 4yrs. & 3yrs old respectively. She loved to cook, learning from an early age side by side from her mother. Canning tomatoes, making fresh pasta by hand and gardening were highlights of her day. Coming to Nelda (Nonna’s house) lead to a fresh bowl of homemade chicken soup with homemade noodles which she thought could cure any illness and was good for you. She also graduated from the Cortina D’Ampezzo Culinary Institute. Nelda was proud of her Italian heritage and also became a US Citizen in 1953.

Faith and family togetherness were important to Nelda & Victor. Winter meant day trip skiing, summer boat trips to Connecticut River, and the fall season called for yard work and then Drive–In movies as a family.

My father always told us “I’m a success. I married a beautiful woman and a great mother to you kids too” Thank you Dad, and thank you for bringing one of God’s most beautiful creations into all of our lives. Mamma Belfi’s Faith, Love, Kindness and Compassion will live on forever for all those who knew her. Love lasts forever.

Thank you for being a great Mother, The Best. Love, your son Daniel

Memorial calling hours will be held on Monday July 19th at the DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St. Southington from 9-10:30 am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 am at St. Thomas Church, 99 Bristol St., Southington. Burial will be at St. Thomas Cemetery. For online condolences and directions please visit www.dellavecchiasouthington.com

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  • Memorial Calling Hours

    Monday, 19 July , 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Monday, 19 July , 2021

  • Burial

    Monday, 19 July , 2021

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José M. Egui

28 July 2021

So sorry to hear about your loss, Daniel.
I was blessed to know Mamma Belfi along with Oscar in our late teens and will always cherish her as a loving wife, caring mother and a very generous person -what an exceptional woman.
May she rest in peace.

Oscar Ignacio Gil Yepes

28 July 2021

Dear Daniel:

It is going to be extremely hard for me to express in English what I feel and want to transmit to you, but I will try:

I couldn't see Mama Belfi again since the day I graduated from high school but believe me I have kept her in my heart and my mind all these years.

I am extremely sad. We have lost from this Earth, one of the most beautiful people I have ever met in this life. She touched my heart in an incredibly unique way, and I have always, since then, use her as an example of kindness and goodness of the soul while I was raising my children, and as a model for my life of what a real Christian is. They know her by heart because all the stories I have told them about Mama Belfi, you, and your family; and how you all took care of me while I was in my last two years of prep school. What wonderful memories! which I will treasure forever.

May God confort you and your family and give you the strength to endure this tough time in your life.

I will pray for the eternal rest in peace of Mama Belfi and hope I can see her someday again in heaven.

My dear friend, how I wish I could be with you in person in these moments, but with all my heart and spirit I am there with you.

Take care and keep on going with joy in this life as I am sure Mama Belfi would want it.

I send you a big hug and "todo mi cariño" for you and your dear loving family.

Oscar Ignacio

Bobby & Jocelyn & Linda Stevenson

22 July 2021

Someone’s passing is certainly painful for those left behind. But it may ease the grief somewhat to keep remembering what our loved ones gave us, and something that will never leave us— their love.

Nelda touched everyone’s heart. There was never a moment where she was not thinking or doing something kind for someone else. We all learn from what our Mom’s taught us. Nelda showed us what it is like to love unconditionally, to give to others, to forgive quickly, and to always be cheerful and grateful. With all her grace and beauty, she brought such happiness to all those that knew her.

We are sharing in your sadness as we all remember Nelda, but at the same time, celebrating all the joy she brought to others and all that we learned from her. Maybe we can motivate ourselves to live better and love a little more so that all the kindness and all the time she spent giving to others, and teaching her family to always do the right thing, will continue on in remembrance and honor of Nelda. And if we strive to become at least half of what Nelda was like, we are doing well! Our loved ones are always missed. We are thinking of you today Danny and in the days ahead. And we are always here for you.

“Grief never ends but it changes. It’s a passage, not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith. It is the price of love.” — Author Unknown

Bill Venditto

18 July 2021

I have been blessed at a young age to have had Nelda as a second mother
She always treated me as one of her kids
And even scolded me as one when I deserved it
I have never forgot any of the wonderful childhood memories nor will I ever stop thinking of you
Danny I want you to know how much your mother meant to me
RIP Nelda

Billy

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