Personal Note: Remembering Nonna

My grandmother, two months away from turning 90, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Friday morning. She lived a long and healthy life in Italy and was one of the strongest women I have ever known. A few weeks before her passing, she was hard at work making her famous plum jam and when I saw her just over a week ago in Italy she was telling me about a special espresso set she received on her wedding day (in between giving her usual list of orders and opinions, of course!).

Nonna (88 years old) and her sewing machine

I’m happy to dedicate this space on White Cabana to Nonna Landa. I will always remember her strength, her straight-to-the point personality, and her talent for sewing a perfect outfit faster than you could say Vogue.


  1. Michelle September 27, 2010


    Beautiful post, hun.


  2. Johanne September 29, 2010

    Truly wonderful words about your grandmother, I’m sure she will be missed and remembered by many.

    Sending my sympathies and love to you and your family,
    Johanne xo

  3. M December 26, 2016

    Out of curiosity, I googled NONNA just now and found your page. My Nonna passed away earlier this week. She lived with us for 15 years and made it to 99 years old. I’m so sad because I was very close with her and helped take care of her in later years. Nonnas are of a special mold. Yours looks and sounds lovely in this post. I miss mine already.

    • Jordana December 28, 2016

      I’m sorry for your loss. Your Nonna lived such a long life.


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