Obituary of Bella Hoadley (1932-2022) – Fresno, CA

Bella L Fena Hoadley
September 24, 1932 – January 3, 2022
Fresno, California – As a new year dawned on Monday, January 3, Jesus opened the gates of heaven and welcomed Bella home. Bella was love and the most precious gift to our family. Her name means “beautiful” in Italian and that’s exactly how God created her inside and out.
Born on September 24, 1932 in Iron Mountain, Michigan, she moved to Fresno with her family before starting school and joined the community of many Italian families who settled on the West Side. She married the love of her life, Fred Dominic Fena and there they started their beautiful family with their three children Bobby, Suzi and Ron Fena.
Fred tragically died in a car accident, leaving his family heartbroken. God sent a wonderful and amazing man to be their neighbor, Dick “Doc” Hoadley. Two years later, he became the second love of her life along with his children Marilyn and Bruce Hoadley, forming a family of seven.
Bella was a prolific storyteller who entertained everyone who met her and loved listening to her wonderful stories about her life, growing up and her two loves. Her wonderful spirit, unconditional love, encouragement, generosity and resolute strength were evident to everyone. Bella was an old-school Italian mother and “Noni” whose life was ruled by her loving family. She drew her zest for life from being with her children and grandchildren. She has worked hard all her life to create a legacy of family and love that we will carry on and pass on to our families throughout our lives.
Her home was one of laughter, big pasta dinners and always open to her children, grandchildren and many friends. It was not uncommon for friends visiting our home in the country to still be there for breakfast.
Bella worked alongside Dick “Doc” at his large animal veterinary practice, keeping records and schedules in order, happy clients and supporting her husband. She served as state president of the California Veterinary Association Auxiliary and continued to support Dick’s career.
She also found great joy and satisfaction at her son Ron’s side as his office manager at his car dealership, Valley Auto Sales, where she enjoyed the fast-paced chaos, made many friends, and came home from work with entertaining stories.
Bella also earned her real estate license between careers, but her family was always her first love.
Bella is survived by her children Bobby Fena (Valerie), Marilyn Fischer (Mike), Suzi Fena (fiancé Cy Cerro), and Ron Fena (Donna); 9 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
Our family would like to thank Compassionate Care Hospice and Right At Home Homecare for their loving and wonderful care of Bella and our family. These angel caregivers helped make Bella’s journey one of love, comfort, and peace.
To accommodate Bella’s request, there will be no funeral. A private meeting will be held for the family, and in the future a celebration of life will be held for family and closest friends.
In lieu of flowers to honor Bella, please send donations to: Marjaree Mason Center, Compassionate Care Hospice and Nancy Hinds Hospice.
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Posted by Fresno Bee on January 23, 2022.

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