Yole GORLIN (24 Jul 1937 - 27 Aug 2020)

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Private Funeral Service Myrtleford 3737
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North East Funerals

In loving memory of Yole Gorlin who sadly passed away on 27th August 2020, surrounded by her family.
Beloved wife to Luciano (dec). Loving mother to Dennis, Yvonne and Carol, mother-in-law to Grant and Mick (dec). Dearly loved Nonna to Melanie and Vanessa.

Your strength of spirit has been an inspiration to us all.
Now an angel, safe in God’s loving hands and sleeping peacefully.

The private funeral will live streamed at 11.00am on Friday, 4 Sept. 2020.

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Eulogy – Yole Gorlin

Firstly, I’d like to thank you for being with us today, to celebrate the life of a remarkable woman, our mother Yole. She was a caring, supportive and loving wife, mother, sister, nonna and friend.

Mum was born in 1937 in Heathcote, Victoria. Her parents, Tony and Teresa Pozza had migrated from Italy and had a vineyard in Graytown, near Nagambie, where Mum spent her earlier years before moving to Heathcote. Nonno Pozza worked as a wood cutter but also sponsored and housed many migrants on their arrival to Australia.

Mum was the second eldest of seven daughters, the eldest being Rene, then Mum, Bruna, Mary, Anna, Francy and little Vilma.

Sadly, Mum’s mother passed away at the age of 49 when Mum was only 16 years old, leaving Mum to raise her younger sisters, the youngest being only 3 years old.

Together they all chipped in with household chores but unfortunately Mum’s father didn’t allow her to continue her education, even though her school grades were exceptional and she was offered to continue her education for free.

You can imagine how hard it would’ve been for 16 year old Mum to take over her Mother’s role of raising 5 younger sisters as well as taking care of her father and many boarders, in a one bathroom house. Back then there were no washing machines, no hot water and no electrical appliances – everything was done by hand.

Growing up as a teenager, Mum had many male admirers and received many marriage proposals. She was very attractive throughout her life, and people always commented on her youthful looks. Her skin was nearly wrinkle free even in her 80’s. Thanks Mum for passing that gene on to me, I always get the same remarks!

Then a few years later, her youngest sister, Vilma, was tragically killed in an accident that just shattered the whole family. She was 7 years old. Mum was broken, but somehow she found the strength to go on and have 3 children of her own and raise a family for the second time in her life.

Dennis, myself and Carol were all raised in Campbellfield where Mum and Dad built their first home. Many relatives also built close to us, and we all had wonderful, memorable times growing up together. It was so special being part of such a big loving family, our own little community.

Dad became a builder and they had their own business (Gorlin Homes) which was very reputable and successful, with Mum’s office management skills being the backbone of the business. Always the silent partner.

In 1975 Mum and Dad built their dream home in Mickleham on 15 acres. Our family made many happy memories there.

Family, and her role as mother and nonna was the most important thing to Mum. This is where she drew her strength and her legacy. Being with her family was what Mum enjoyed most of all. Her life had many obstacles, including her struggle for nearly 30 years with a heart condition called cardiomyopathy. Yet through it all, her love, faith and caring for her family remained her focus, and in so many ways, she was able to show that love to us. What a wonderful lesson she gave us.

Mum always supported Dad in everything he did. She was a woman of many talents. She was an excellent artist and entered many of her beautiful oil paintings in art exhibitions. She also loved to help in any kind of creative project, be it helping my daughters with dress-ups and teaching them to make things, to helping with plays at the Savoy Club, creating artwork and costumes.

Mum’s art was very important to her, most of her work was done in her studio in her home in Campbellfield, but unfortunately she stopped painting once we moved to Mickleham. Mum’s last painting was completed in 2015. This painting was the most important to her, inspired by her visions, she felt a deep desire to paint Our Lady’s message. Her painting was titled “The Message” of Our Lady, Queen of Peace. The original oil on canvas painting hangs proudly in the Catholic Church, Mary Help of Christians in Heathcote, Victoria. Father Peter was kind enough to bring it along today for Mum’s farewell. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Father Peter for making the trip to Myrtleford to do Mum’s funeral, I want you to know how important it was to her.

Mum played squash for many years, winning numerous trophies which sat proudly on the mantlepiece.

She also wrote poetry and quotes throughout her life. Because of her insomnia, she often wrote in the peacefulness of the night. Mum had many visions that she wrote about, a very gifted woman.

Mum’s pride and joy was her grand daughters, Melanie and Vanessa. They loved her as much as she loved them. Growing up, visiting Nonno and Nonna’s was the highlight of their days. She had so much more patience than I did, and she would spend all of her time with them, usually doing something creative. They adored her and she taught them good manners, respect and sound moral values, as she did with all of her children.

Cake decorating was also a talent Mum had, making all the birthday cakes for my girls, Melanie and Vanessa. On Vanessa’s 21st birthday, Mum made a beautiful cake, decorated it and placed a photo of her primary aged granddaughter in the centre of the cake. As Mum and I were admiring it, Vanessa went quiet and asked why there was a photo of Melanie on the cake. Even I didn’t notice the error until Vanessa pointed it out! Mum was so embarrassed but we all laughed if off and Vanessa quickly found a replacement photo. We laugh about it to this day.

Mum also made the best ice cream pudding every Christmas. It was the highlight of Christmas lunch. Carol and I, Melanie and Vanessa, all have the recipe and will keep this tradition going every Christmas in Mum’s memory.

Pets were an important part of Mum’s life. Mum loved animals, especially dogs. Growing up in Heathcote, she often spoke about their pet cockatoo with lots of mixed affection as it was a very cheeky cockatoo. At one stage I remember counting up to 26 dogs when we lived in Mickleham. Somehow Mum bred Chihuahuas and German Shepherds. We had 2 litters of Chihuahuas and one litter of German Shepherds at the same time. Surrounded by so many puppies was absolute bliss.

Around the mid 80’s, due to Dad’s health condition, Mum and Dad decided to semi-retire to North East Victoria, purchasing a holiday accommodation park on the Ovens River in Porepunkah. From there they bought a house on the outskirts of Myrtleford where they lived out the remainder of their years.

Religion was a huge part of Mum’s life. Mum went on pilgrimages to Medjugorje 4 times, including once with Dennis, once with me and the last time on her own, determined to visit once again even in ill health. Medjugorje is a town in Bosnia, an unofficial place of Catholic pilgrimage since the Virgin Mary appeared on Apparition Hill in 1981. Father Peter’s attendance at some of these pilgrimages made Mum so happy as she was very fond of him. Mum felt a strong connection with Our Lady. Her faith was admirable and inspirational.

Mum was always a quiet and reserved woman, and became more reserved later in life. She was a good listener and was careful never to interfere. She was an incredible support to me when my husband, Mick, died. Mum and Dad were always there for me, helping to raise my beautiful little girls with loads of love.

It is an honour to stand before you and share my precious memories of my mother. She was an incredible person. I feel very lucky to have been her daughter. Same goes for my sister, Carol, who has done a wonderful job putting the photo display together, and brother, Dennis, who chose all the hymns and readings for today’s mass. Mum was so very proud of us all, and we will all miss her immensely, but her memory will live on

As an adult she became my best friend, my advisor and confidante. I love you so much Mum, and we will miss you terribly. You have left a massive hole in our lives, it will never be the same without you. God bless you Mum and sleep peacefully.

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Jo Berkeley wrote

A lovely service for your mum. Condolences to Carol, Yvonne and Dennis and families.

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Kath O’Sullivan wrote

A beautiful service for a beautiful gracious lady. Vale, Aunty Yole, we love you very much ❤️

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Frank Volpato wrote

Yole , Rest In Peace my beautiful caring sister- in-law
Dennis, Yvonne, Carol and family our condolences to you all. Love Clelia, Frank, Ivana

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Carolyn O'Sullivan wrote

Thank you aunty Yolo, for your kindness, your nurturing ways, and the memories of you that we have to treasure. Soaring to the highest summits now with Luc and your beloved family and friends. Sending big love and distance hugs to Dennis, Yvonne, Carol, Melanie, Vanessa and their loved ones.

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Nick Storti wrote

To Dennis, Yvonne, Carol & family we extend our heartfelt condolences. We are forever indebted to Yole for all the guidance and support she provided our family and will always remember her kind, gentle and loving nature. May she rest in peace, once more united with her beloved Luciano. Thinking of you all at this difficult time, much love from the Storti Family, Anna, Lino, Enzo, Nick & Marc.

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Luisa Pozza wrote

Dear Yole
Remembering your wonderful and gentle soul will forever remain in my heart. May Lord give you eternal rest.

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