Angela Teegardin was born to Aurelio (Ray) and Palma Morasca in Salinas, Calif., on Oct. 7, 1921.
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She grew up in Salinas, attending Sacred Heart Academy, Salinas Union High School, and Hartnell College where she majored in English and minored in music. Both in high school and college, she traveled with the schools' orchestras throughout California. The most notable achievement of her high school orchestral career was performing in a competition at the 1939 San Francisco World's Fair, where her orchestra won the highest honor.
Angela was the manager and chief scooper of her mom's ice cream shop in Salinas during World War II. You had to beat those GIs away with a stick. Mom wasn't only a looker, but doled out really big portions.
She worked as a floor sales person at JC Penneys for 33 cents per hour which paid her way through college; it was a LOT cheaper then. She also was the chief sales person at Salinas' Mosses' Lingerie. Her last job before coming to Alaska was in the Farm Labor Office in Salinas.
In 1943, Angela met the love of her life, Robert Teegardin, at a USO dance. Bob was then stationed at Salinas Army Air Base. After the war, Bob returned to the United States, and moved to Alaska with his brother to attend the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Believe it or not, Angela agreed to leave sunny California and move to Alaska to join him in marriage. Angela and Bob were married on Aug. 30, 1947, in the Immaculate Conception Church. During their 30 years of marriage they had five children.
Until her first child was born, Angela worked at Ladd Air Force base as a code decipherer (this was during the Cold War.) With the birth of Steven in 1949, followed just a little more than a year later by her daughter, Marla, she decided to quit that job and stay home with the kids at least for a few years.
In 1953, Angela, Bob and his brother, George, went into a partnership as McKinley Painting and Decorating, a painting contracting firm. Mom promptly came out of her "retirement" and became not only a wife and a mother to her children, but also the secretary, bookkeeper, and payroll clerk for the company. In December 1958, she became a charter member of the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra.
She played her violin as an integral member of the first violin section until 1999, and only left when she became unable to see her music because of macular degeneration.
She loved gardening, cooking and travel. She and Bob had the opportunities to visit Brazil, New Zealand, Mexico, Hong Kong, Korea, Germany, Costa Rica and Canada.
After his death, she and her daughter, Marla, hit the road, visiting Hawaii more than 30 times. It was always fun answering the shuttle bus driver's question - "So, is this your first visit to Hawaii?" With Marla she also traveled to Italy and England.
She was an avid reader, and even after her eyesight diminished, she enjoyed listening to several books on tape a month.
Angela was a member of the Catholic Church, Pioneers of Alaska, Elks, and PEO Chapter I. She also loved playing bridge with her group of great and long term friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob, in 1978. Angela is survived by brothers, Ray (Salinas, Calif.) and James (Gilbert, Ariz.), her children, Steve (Cee Cee), Marla (Daniel), Tim (Kim), Jeff, and Chris (Mary Ann). There are several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She loved her children dearly and will be deeply missed by all of them.
There will be a visitation from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, at Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home.
A funeral Mass will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 21, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. The Rev. Frederick Bayler will be officiating. A private family entombment will follow at a later date.
Arrangements were entrusted to Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home.
Published in Daily News-Miner on Nov. 18, 2012