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VIRGINIO ROSARIO DEANGELIS

VIRGINIO ROSARIO DEANGELIS Died peacefully in his sleep on November 27th, 2012. He was born August 7th, 1935 in Philadelphia, the son of Italian immigrants and grew up in Massachusetts and Connecticut. After studying with the Jesuits in High School, where he was taught lifelong discipline, Virginio went on to earn Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Connecticut. He is survived by his beloved wife, Astrid DeAngelis; son, Stephen DeAngelis and partner, Brenda; grandsons: Christopher and Joey; two great-grandchildren; Stephen's mother, Betty Ann DeAngelis; brother, Dino and wife, Mary Ann DeAngelis; and numerous nieces and nephews. In his career as a civil engineer, Virginio was involved in design, construction and supervision of various highway projects throughout the US. In Orange County, Ca. he supervised the design and construction of commercial, industrial and office space projects. "Gino" worked for Santa Fe County Public Works until his retirement at age 72. Virginio was deeply devoted to his spiritual teacher Mata Amritananda Mayi (affectionately known as Amma) and was a real pillar of that community. He was inspired to serve by heading the "burrito project" - a sack lunch prepared for the homeless every Sunday for more than twelve years, as well as many other forms of Selfless Service or "Seva". Virginio also taught meditation throughout the community, including the Santa Fe juvenile detention center and in Santa Fe Colleges. Virginio was passionate about life, talking animatedly with his hands; loved good food, politics and getting together with friends for a good meal and conversation. An avid hiker and cross country skier, Virginio took many trips along the Appalachian trail, the Sierra Nevada, Nepal and across the West and Southwest. He also enjoyed travelling in foreign countries and took multiple trips to India and Europe. He especially enjoyed visiting the village in Abruzzi, Italy where his parents grew up and was proud to practice his Italian language skills. Virginio's loving nature found expression in his willingness to be of help to others. His ready smile and laughter and he will be missed by many. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Center for Spiritual Living on Sunday December 9th at 3:30pm, 505 Camino De Los Marquez, Santa Fe. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Amma Center of New Mexico Homeless Project. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti


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