On April 21, 2012, Velma "Auntie" Mangan of Rutland peacefully left her family and friends at her residence after a long illness. She left this world in the same manner in which she lived, with grace, dignity and strength.
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Velma was born on March 12, 1919, in Pittsford, Vt., to Giuseppe and Nicolina (Ruggerio) Pietrodangelo. She resided in Rutland most of her life. She grew up in a large family that included her siblings, Antonio Pietrodangelo, Blanche Reed, Carmeline Rice, John Pietrodangelo, Ralph Pietrodangelo, Elizabeth Cupoli and Adeline Carrara, all of whom predeceased her.
Velma was married on December 6, 1959, to Bernard "Tink" Mangan who passed away on September 12, 1993.
Velma is survived by the nieces and nephews with whom she had an integral role in raising and who have lovingly cared for her, Bonnie Heald (Frank) of Rutland, Larry Cupoli (Patty) of Rutland, Barry Cupoli (Pam) of Rutland, Mimie Bourassa (Paul) of Richmond, Ind., Lee Carrara (Jean) of Rutland. She has several other nieces and nephews who will greatly miss her. Her many great-nieces and -nephews and their children will deeply miss her as well. "Auntie" was also very close to her great-niece, Carolyn Babbitt, and her niece, Sharon Cupoli, who were so supportive of her, and her niece, Nicolina Rice, with whom she enjoyed visiting with.
Velma had been employed at Pico Mountain and also worked for many families privately caring for their children. She was a longtime member of Christ the King Parish. She loved knitting, gardening, doing crossword puzzles, organizing and cleaning, but most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family by cooking, eating, laughing and enjoying togetherness. "Auntie" was a big Yankees fan; even at the age of 93, she was anxiously waiting for the games to begin. She also loved to watch Kelly & Regis, The View, Oprah, and Ellen!
"Auntie" was the perfect aunt who selflessly devoted her life to her family and cared for others. Her capacity to give of herself and to think of others was endless. Wife, aunt, second mother, second grandmother, second great-grandmother, friend, neighbor - in all these roles, she had a way of making people feel special and loved; she was always patient and kind, with a heart of gold! She gave all of us the greatest gift anyone could give - love. Love is a gift that we are able to pass on through generations - an everlasting gift that we are forever thankful for.
As the last of her generation, her wish for us was to carry on with tradition and as a family unit. Her request was that we never let words get in the way of love and continue to be together. She will always be with us at the table in heart.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, April 28, 2012, at Clifford Funeral Home from 9:00 a.m. -- 10:00 a.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. at Christ the King Church followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice, PO Box 787, Rutland, VT 05702.
Published in Rutland Herald from Apr. 23 to Apr. 24, 2012