Angela C. Nagella, age 82, a lifelong resident of Ravenna used the last of her nine lives Tuesday, January 15, 2013 on Hospice at Robinson Memorial Hospital. She was born July 1,1930 to Vincent J. Sr. and Josephine Mallozzi.
Survivors include her daughter, Beth Ann (William) Stone of Ravenna and brother, Vincent (Linda) Delano of Edinburg, and much-loved nephew, Michael George (Lisa) Swartout. She leaves behind 8 grandchildren: Christopher, Trey, Abraham, Michael, and Mark Nagella and Adam Stone, Megan (Justin) Greene, and Andrew (Nicole) Stone, great-grandchildren Amanda and Isaac Nagella, Garit, Gavin, Ashton Greene and Caeden and Rylan Stone. She also extended her grand mothering love to Brittany (Robert) Rogers and Jeremy Stone. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband of 60 years, James Nagella, sons, James Jr. and Steven Nagella, sisters, Vivian Swartout and Margaret Stuart, and brother, Mickey Delano.
Angela graduated from Ravenna High School in 1948 and was employed for a short time at the Ravenna Oak Rubber but her most satisfying role in life was being a wife, mother, and grandmother. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren fueled her fire for life and gave her a reason to wake up every morning. Even in her sickest moments, the sight of her young grandchildren brought a smile to her face and lifted her spirits.
Angela took great joy in crocheting Christmas stockings, mice and blankets. She also enjoyed making ricotta cookies and pizzelles around the holidays. Angela never missed a chance to play bingo or go gambling. In her younger years, she lived for going to Las Vegas and playing the quarter slots. Later in life, she'd often take off at 5 o'clock in the morning to play the slots with her gambling buddy, Ruth, at Mountaineer Casino.
Anyone who knew Angela could attest to her strong spirit, generous heart, and will to live. No matter what cards Angela was dealt in the game of life, she never gave up her sense of humor, strong will, or spunk. Even at the end, Angela maintained her role as matriarch of the family, giving peace and comfort and assuring loved ones that she lived a good life, but that was Angela--giving everything of herself, making sure everyone else's needs were met before her own. She taught us how to suffer the pains of this life with dignity and share the joys and fruits of this life with generosity.
After a long, hard-fought battle, Angela is finally at peace, carried up to join her husband and sons on eagles' wings. As Momma used to say, "Goodbye, lots of love, hugs and kisses." You are now our Grandma Angel and will be forever our guardian Angel. We love you and will continue to give your love away.
Calling hours will be held at Shorts Spicer Crislip Funeral Home Ravenna Chapel from 10 - 12PM Saturday, Januray 19, 2013, where the service will follow at 12:00 PM. Father Jim Lang will be officating. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery following the service.
Angela's family is very appreciative of all the compassion, love, and care shown by hospice and 2 East nurses at Robinson. In lieu of flowers donations can me made to Robinson Visiting Nurse and Hospice, 6847 N. Chestnut St. Ravenna, Oh 44266 or the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 6155 Rockside Rd., Suite 202, Independence, OH 44131-2217. Condolences may be expressed at www.sscfuneralhomes.com.
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