Born in Merced, CA to Pietro and Elide Martinelli, Della attended local schools. She and her sister Rose, owned and operated Delrose Cleaners for many years prior to their retirement in 1987.
She married Angelo Trovato in 1955 and they enjoyed traveling and had many trips and cruises with their friends.
Della was the family historian, keeping scrapbooks full of pictures and other family memorabilia, as well as photos and mementos of her trips.
She was a member of the Italian Catholic Federation.
Della was preceded in death by her husband, Angelo; and siblings, Angelo, Rose, Mary and Carmel Martinelli.
She is survived by her sister, Lydia Lodbell; nephews, L. Reno Martinelli (Bridget) of Merced and David Trovato of New Hampshire; and a niece, Patricia Trovato of New Hampshire.
Shortly after Angelo's passing in 2009, Della moved to Amie Marchini's Mission Gardens where she resided until her recent illness. The family wishes to thank Amie and the wonderful, compassionate resident aides at Mission Gardens for the great care she received there.
A Vigil Service with Rosary will be on Monday, May 12, 2014 at Stratford Evans Merced Funeral Home, 1490 B St., Merced, CA 95341 from 2:00pm-7:00pm with Recitation of Rosary at 7:00pm. The Funeral Mass will be on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 10:00am at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, 459 W. 21st, Merced, CA 95340 with interment to follow at Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Della's memory to the Mercy Medical Center Foundation, 2740 M St., Merced, CA 95340 or the charity of the donor's choice.
Arrangements under the direction of Stratford Evans Merced Funeral Home, Merced, CA.