Beloved Daughter, Sister, Mother, and Grandmother
September 7, 1933 - January 3, 2020
On January 3, 2020 we lost the Italian heart of our family. Our beloved Mom and Noni passed away peacefully in her home in Novato. She was 86 years old and lived a long and beautiful life.
Diella and her sister Gabriella were born to Amalia and Archangelo Dall’Aglio and raised in Noventa, Italy. Diella loved being Italian. She came to the United States when she was 33 and, though she missed her beloved Italy, she was truly grateful to raise her family in America.
As a young girl living in war torn Europe, she and her family were sent to live in a work camp to be with their father. She remained there for a few years until the war was over and they were free to go home. They walked for days until they reached their family home in Noventa with only the clothes they were wearing. They were helped by the American Red Cross and the U.S. military, and as a result, Mom had an abiding love for America.
She was fiery and fiercely independent on one hand and intensely dependent on the love of God and her family on the other. Her three children, George, Tammy, and Sabrina were the world to her from the time they were born. She worked hard to provide for them, guide them, and lead them to Christ. When the grandchildren were born she was a big part of their childhood. As a gift to all of her children, she gave up a day or night a week to look after the grandchildren. This was a huge gift to the young parents and forged a deep relationship with each grandchild. To this day, the kids all remember, “Noni night”.
She loved cooking and her family loved to be cooked for. She had a flare for the most delicious meals and relished in the enjoyment we all received from eating her home cooked food. Her family favorites were her signature roast chicken and potatoes and her Lasagna with bechamel sauce. As her family grew, she squeezed as many of us as possible into her condo so that she could feed us anytime we were free.
Once the grandchildren were old enough to drive, they would be invited over for Noni night, without the parents. What was said at Noni night stayed at Noni night and the grandkids loved hearing her stories and learning from her wisdom.
Diella was a woman of God. She had a close relationship with Jesus and she believed in prayer. She prayed over her family every day and we would all come to her with specific needs as we believed she had God’s ear. We all felt covered by her prayers and felt closer to God because of her. She believed that forgiveness was essential for peace. She forgave much and through her example, we all learned the importance of forgiveness.
She will be deeply, deeply missed and we will carry her love of God and family, her love of Italy, and hopefully a bit of her wisdom in our hearts forever.
She is survived by her sister Gabriella Ricagna (still living in Italy), her three children and their spouses: George (Michele), Tammy (Ken), and Sabrina (Stuart) and her 8 grandchildren: Christian, Lauren, KC, Shelby, Samantha, Josh, Whitney, Jordyn, and her beloved Kitty, Fusto.
A Memorial will be held at Marin Covenant Church, 195 N. Redwood Drive, San Rafael on Friday, January 31st at 10:00am.