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Angelo Joseph Musante


1929 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Angelo Joseph Musante Obituary
July 10, 1929 - September 21, 2017 Angelo Joseph Musante died on September 21st, 2017 in Las Cruces, New Mexico, after a fairly comfortable, long siege with pancreatic cancer. Angelo was born on July 10th, 1929 and lived as a child in San Pedro, California. His Italian father, Angelo Sr., was a shore agent for local market fishing boats. When the boats came into port with a load of fish, he would arrange to sell the fish for the best possible price, pay off the boat's expenses for food and fuel, and then distribute the profits to the crew, captain, and boat owner. Angelo's Irish/English mother, Betti Anne Curtis, was a beautiful woman and homemaker. Angelo had three sisters, Elizabeth, Mary, and Terry and one brother, Tom. After elementary school at Mary Star of the Sea in San Pedro, Angelo attended Loyola High School in Los Angeles. After high school, Angelo studied for a time to become a priest but gave up that pursuit long before being ordained. Angelo attended Santa Clara University and Gonzaga University. Angelo worked for IBM in Los Angeles and San Jose for eight years and then for the Los Angeles Times where he was director of data processing for sixteen years. During these years he married Mariellen Berger and had three sons, Peter, Paul, and Tom. Peter was killed in a car accident at the age of 20. He had been a student at Pomona College. Paul spent twelve years helping train farmers in Indonesia and elsewhere in Southeast Asia. After returning to the U.S., Paul went to work for T. Rowe Price in Baltimore where he is now a vice president. He and his wife, Mary Ann, have three daughters, Magdalen, Sarah, and Lia. Tom went to law school. Soon he was promoted into general management. Tom is now president of AIG Affordable Housing based in Los Angeles. Tom and his wife, Allison, have two daughters, Kaitlin and Sophia. Angelo married LaDelia McGrew in 1980. Together he and Dia moved to the White Mountains of northern Arizona. There, they created a home surrounded by a beautiful garden-park, a retail plant nursery, and a landscaping business in the town of Pinetop-Lakeside, at an elevation of 7000 feet. Their facility, called Pico's Nursery, was widely known and drew visitors and customers from all over northeastern Arizona. They worked there for 32 years. Together, Angelo and Dia were a good team in marriage, business, adventure, and everyday life. Angelo had a good life. He was 88 years old. A celebration of his life is being planned for November. It will be held at Dia and Angelo's home in Las Cruces, New Mexico. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Angelo's name to Mesilla Valley Hospice at 299 Montana Avenue, Las Cruces, NM 88005 or online at mvhospice.org.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Sept. 24, 2017
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