Angela Romagnoli
1949 - 2017
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Angela (Angie) Margaret Romagnoli

October 19, 1949 - July 5, 20127

Angela (Angie) Margaret Romagnoli passed away on July 5th, 2017 at 67 years, from cancer. She leaves behind her beloved partner of 39 years, Megan Adams and their treasured son, Reese Adams-Romagnoli, as well as a large family of siblings, nieces, and nephews, and many, many friends.

Angie combined charm with bluntness. She was a true butch maverick. Her honesty was exceptionally winning and often transformative.

Her university years in Ann Arbor, Michigan, were the beginnings of a life of activism. She was a member of Students for a Democratic Society. Angie was actively involved in the Black Action Movement strike against discrimination at the University of Michigan in 1970. She was passionate about the cause and exhilarated by the group fervor. The protests and strike led to a settlement with the University pledging several million dollars for increased black enrollment and other related programs.

With Gayle Rubin and others, she founded Radical Lesbians in 1971, one of the first and largest chapters in the world. She was a leader in the Lesbian community Ann Arbor, Michigan, throughout the 1970's, working on gay and lesbian issues in the early days of gay activism and also as a brilliant softball player on the first Michigan lesbian softball team thru the Parks and Rec. Her throws were impossibly long. She was the alpha butch of the outfield.

In 1976 two Filipino nurses from the VA hospital in Ann Arbor were charged with murdering 10 patients and poisoning others. Angie was involved in many protests against their arrests as many strongly believed that the nurses were made scapegoats as they were immigrant Filipinos. Their protests were successful and the charges were overturned.

After the police broke down the door of the radical Lesbian collective house she lived in, she and her roommates sued for police brutality and won.

In 1980, she moved to San Francisco where she became a psychiatric Social Worker and activist on issues related to women and sexual abuse. Along with Deborah Cooper at The Women's Institute for Mental Health, she formed the first therapy groups for women survivors of incest in the Bay Area, if not all of California. Angie wrote a grant which resulted in the creation of a program called the Incest Project for women survivors at the Women's Institute. She continued to work with survivors at Kaiser, where she initiated a program of therapy groups. She spent nineteen years at Kaiser in the psychiatry department.

Angie was a maverick who loved many and healed many. With great sadness, we mourn her passing but we celebrate her life and values with determination and gratitude. There will be a memorial to celebrate her memory and her love in the world at the Verdi Club in San Francisco on August 20th, 2017 at 4 pm.



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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Aug. 9 to Aug. 13, 2017.
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May 1, 2019
This really shook me up. I'm just reading Angie's obituary almost 2 years after she died. I always thought she'd have a long life. She was my therapist in San Francisco for about 2 years in the mid 1980's. She had the patience of a saint with me when I was going thru a very difficult time. Bless her and bless her kindness and bless her loved ones.
Carole Bignardi
August 21, 2017
Angie, I will miss your caring advice and strength. You knew me better than I knew myself. I will always be grateful to have known someone as special as you. May God bless you and your family and friends.
Regina Gantan
August 15, 2017
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Johnnie Spearmon
Friend
August 15, 2017
What lasting and inspiring gifts you gave to this world, with kindness. Such a bright light! Thank you. Jean Stumpf
August 14, 2017
I met dear Angie as one of her therapy patients and she was the best. Angie was a kind and gentle therapist, not the maverick so described in the sense that she pushed her beliefs onto anyone. I am hetero, and Angie gave me the same care and attention that her values as a therapist dictated to her. Angie celebrated the good and bad with me in my situations, and never brought sexuality into our program. I was always grateful and fascinated with the wonderful person Angie was, and a most memorable therapist at that! I hated losing Angie when I moved to NJ, but her standard of care followed me by the choices I made for continuing with a new therapist. GodBlessYouAngie, and your partner and beloved son too!
Margaret K. Kimball, RN, BSN
Margaret Kimball
August 14, 2017
Angie came into my life when we were in Jr. High in Michigan. Decades have passed & she has always been in my thoughts. She was brilliant, compassionate and a warrior.
Sharon Kiebzak-pio
August 13, 2017
Angela made a difference in the world. Not many can say that. It's a tribute to who she was. Jan Graham
August 13, 2017
Angela with our mother, who passed away just 3 weeks before Angie.
Angela truly was a maverick. As my sister and the oldest of 7 kids she was always stirring the pot. She taught me how to throw a punch and a ball! I miss her and all her stories about our childhood which seemed a bit too fantastic to have really happened but, they certainly did. She gave 150% to everything she believed in. She loved life and her wife, Megan, and their son, Reese. Hoping you are at peace and pain free. I love you.

Cassie
Cassie Frankel
August 13, 2017
John, my condolences...she was too young...
Gary Sigman
August 13, 2017
I only met Angela once, but it was memorable. We talked about the environment we were in, and its unstable, volcanic ecology. She found a rock for me that had clearly been fused and vitrified by volcanic action--it was a piece of nephrite or serpentine--and presented it to me as a gift. I have it on my west altar.
She was kind, and she listened. May she rest in ease and power and may her way be clear and unobstructed.
Elizabeth Creely
August 13, 2017
what is remembered, lives! Long live Angela Romagnoli!! She was a true butch shero. I love her and always will. She was my friend and cohort for decades and she was one of the most curious people I know... curious about the world and people and how things worked. I miss her terribly.
deborah cooper
August 13, 2017
Remember this great humanitarian so full of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.
Edward Mycue
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