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Agnes Seraphine D'Angelo

1926 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Agnes Seraphine D'Angelo Obituary
Agnes Seraphine D'Angelo

A Mass of Christian Burial for our precious Agnes Seraphine D'Angelo will be celebrated at 2 PM Friday, May 19, 2017, in St. Frances Cabrini Church with Rev. Chad Partain officiating. Interment will be in Greenwood Memorial Park under the direction of John Kramer & Son Funeral Home.

Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 6 PM until 9 PM Thursday, May 18, 2017. Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 6:30 PM in the Kramer Chapel with Rev. James Ferguson officiating. Visitation will resume at the funeral home from Noon until 1:30 PM on Friday, May 19, 2017

Agnes passed away peacefully with her children by her side on May 13, 2017. Agnes was a beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was loaned to us from God for 90 amazing years. Now the Lord has taken her home. She is reunited with her beloved husband Tony D'Angelo and we can only imagine their joy of being together in heaven.

Born in Natchitoches, LA on Oct. 23, 1926 to Charles and Rose Maggio, Agnes grew up in the historic town. She graduated from St. Mary's High School. In 1948, she graduated from Northwestern State University with a degree in Business Education. She was the oldest child with three younger brothers: J.C., Sam, and Andrew.

She met the love of her life at her christening! Anthony S. (Tony) D'Angelo of Alexandria was there as a nine-year-old. The families were life-long friends and the two met again later and their love blossomed. They were married June 20, 1948 at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Natchitoches. Children began arriving not long after, eventually numbering six, while Tony was serving his country in

the United States Navy. She often took the children to ports where their father's ship would arrive. She once drove across the United States with her brother, Sam, to see Tony. As Tony's Navy career continued, Agnes was kept busy raising the children, a task she devoted her life to. She was a dedicated and loving mother who took this role as a serious means to serve the Lord. Her children, husband, family and friends were the center of her life and being surrounded by them gave her an overflowing joy. Her children referred to her all her life as "Mommie." She was the finest of all mothers and will be greatly missed.

The family returned to Alexandria as Tony's 30-year Navy career came to a close, having lived in Oklahoma, North Carolina, Florida and London. The family became parishioners of St. Frances Cabrini Church. Agnes was a faithful servant and devoted prayer warrior. The Lord was first in her life and she lived her life in the ways of the Lord and in a Christ-like manner. If she knew you were ill, had a crisis or you requested prayers, there was never any doubt she would commit it to the Lord. She spent hours praying and never went to sleep without this daily ritual. Because of her devout ways she was often referred to as "St. Agnes." She held everyone close to her heart, dearly loving and respecting them all. She never had a cross word for anyone. While she suffered through illness, loss of loved ones and other crises, her faith was unshakeable. She was assured that God was always in control.

"I have glorified Thee on earth:

I have finished the work

which Thou gavest me to do".

~~John 17:4

A long-time member of St. Frances Cabrini Sanctuary Society, she participated in every fund-raising event she could, often working long hours. She was a member of St. Ann's Guild, helping prepare meals for families who suffered a loss. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Count North Dame #1452, St. Joseph's Daughters and the Amicus Club. She was a former member of the Opti-Mrs.Club, the Ladies Auxiliary of the Amerita Club and the Woodmen of the World Ladies Auxilary.

Her devotion to her family meant her home was truly her castle. She loved to cook and if you were ever at any of her special dinners you were not disappointed in the Italian dishes she learned from the great Italian cooks who came before her: her mother, Rose; her mother-in-law, Mamie and Aunt Mary Douglas. In December, she baked hundreds of Italian cookies, lovingly preparing special cans or bags of them for family and friends. It was hard not to eat them all in one day. She loved to garden, taking great joy each spring in planting flowers and a vegetable garden. She nurtured her garden lovingly and the flowers brought joy to her home and to others as gifts.

Her support of Pinecrest Developmental Center in Pineville, LA was a cause close to her heart. She and Tony worked tirelessly to assure that their child, John, and others like him would be well taken care of there. They attended meetings on the local and state level to further this cause that was dear to both their hearts.

While her role as wife and mother came first, she was also the dearest friend anyone could have. During the years of Tony's Navy career, she made friends wherever a tour of duty took them. She never forgot any of them and her Christmas card list grew quite long. She kept them all close to heart, sharing in their joys and sorrows. She wrote long letters to those dear to her and never forgot a birthday or anniversary, carefully choosing the right card to fit the person and occasion. And if you wrote her a thank-you note, she would often respond to thank you for writing her! She was just that sweet and thoughtful.

She was equally loved by friends she made when the family retired to Alexandria. It brought her great joy to talk on the phone, go to lunch, shopping or to the casino with her many friends and cousins. She was so appreciative to be included in get-togethers. Of course, afterward she would call or write a note of thanks! Agnes was considered a special gift by all who were fortunate enough to come to know her.

Agnes was an avid animal lover. When her dogs Tonya and Frisky passed away she grieved for months and displayed all the sympathy cards she received. She adored pups Shae and Stella Rose (belonging to Patricia) and they kept nearly every step she made. When Patricia's pup Sophie passed away, Mommie was brokenhearted. Mommie loved to feed the birds and squirrels in her yard, particularly in the winter. Like an angel she had a soft spot for all living creatures.

She was an inspiration to many when she joined a gym at age 86 and attended exercise classes twice a week, often with one of her best friends, Lena Cortello. She loved her instructors who constantly encouraged her. It was important to stay fit even when sometimes her limitations nearly got the best of her. Like Tony, she felt that to stop or just sit was never in her life's game plan. Predeceased by her beloved husband of nearly 64 years, Anthony S. (Tony) D'Angelo: parents, Charles and Rose Maggio; brothers, Sam Maggio, Andrew Maggio; Sister-in-laws, Bobbie Maggio, Pat Maggio, Thelma D'Angelo; Brother-in-law, Angelo D'Angelo; daughter-in-law, Cynthia D'Angelo.

She is survived by six children: Stephen D'Angelo of Pass Christian, MS and his wife, Judy; Theresa Bradford of Ellijay, GA and her husband, Michael; Anthony D'Angelo Jr, of Baton Rouge, LA. (wife, Cynthia, deceased); John D'Angelo of Pineville; Patricia Krig of Alexandria; and Michael D'Angelo of Houma and wife, Dawn; her brother, J.C. and his wife, Betty; son-in-law, Nate Krig of Alexandria ; eight grandchildren, Geoff (wife, Rose), William, Christian (wife, Meghan), Anthony III (wife, Yenny), Blake, Kayla, Victoria and Hannah Claire. Five great grandchildren are Taylor, Jace, Brantley, Anthony IV and Grayson and one great-great grandchild, Easton Reed ; as well as, many cousins, nieces, nephews and cherished friends.

Pallbearers honored to serve will be Geoff Monzingo, William D'Angelo, Christian D'Angelo, Blake D'Angelo, Anthony D'Angelo III, Michael Maggio, Troy Maggio and Greg Maggio.

Honorary pallbearers are Charlie Boeta, Sammy Farace, Edgar Campo, Angelo M. D'Angelo, Michael Villard, Pepe Rizzo , Kenny Mayeaux, James Maggio, Randall Maggio, Ralph Maggio, Mark Douglas, Kevin Douglas, Jeff Douglas, Ted Ridder and Glen Damico.

Special thanks to Dr. Buck and Dr. Davis (Alexandria, LA) who took excellent care of

Agnes for many years and Tony as well. Tony and Agnes thought the world of both doctors for their loving care. Many thanks to her caregivers from Serenity Health Care. Also great appreciation for the lovely neighbors that surrounded Agnes in Martin Park. You helped her when she needed you and kept a watchful eye out for her. The family thanks you for your love, kindness and neighborly spirit.

Mommie's legacy will be her deep love and devotion for her husband, her children, their spouses, grandchildren, extended family and friends. She will be remembered for her sweet, gentle ways, her compassion and the Christ-like example she exemplified. Many described her as the closest person they knew to a saint.

When Theresa asked a few weeks ago whether she would have lived anything differently in her life, Mommie answered, "No, I have no regrets, I had a wonderful life."

"Most of all the other beautiful things in life come by twos and threes,

by dozens and hundreds. Plenty of roses, stars, sunsets, rainbows,

brothers and sisters, aunts and cousins, but only one mother in the

whole world." ~~Kate Wiggins

Mommie, you will be deeply missed until we see you again in Heaven.

We will always love you and never forget the gift of your life. You were

an amazing and beautiful person, but God was ready to take you home.

Now you are reunited with Daddy and all your loved ones there.

We know without a single doubt that Daddy welcomed you home.

With eternal love to you we say goodbye until we see you again.

In lieu of flowers the family ask that donations in Agnes' name be made to the cause dearest

to her heart: Pinecrest Parent's Association, care of Brenda Turnage, P. O. Box 10, Tioga, LA 71477-0010.

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Published in The Town Talk on May 17, 2017
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