Our beloved Mother, Grandmother, Great-grandmother and Aunt, Angela Jean Towle, was called home to Heaven on September 9, 2021 after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease; she was 89. Born on May 17, 1932 in Brooklyn, NY to the late Barney and Josephine (Cusumano) LaSala who had immigrated from Menfi, Italy at young ages. Angela was the third of the couple's three daughters. She attended and graduated with very high honors for academics and service from Ridgewood Hill High School in Queens, NY and then attended the prestigious Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School in Manhattan, NY. It was while attending a beach party at Cedar Beach, Long Island that she met her husband of 68 years, Raymond Eugene Towle. They were married in 1952 and built a home in Miller Place, Long Island, NY, where they raised their three children. Angela worked as a secretary on Long Island at Brookhaven Labs, for attorney Fred Block, Esq., and after her three children started elementary school, she worked for many years in the Miller Place School District as secretary to several principals. Her final position was at Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY as Administrative Assistant to the Vice-President of Student Affairs where she excelled at composing correspondence, reports and the minutes of various committee meetings. The department was very reluctant to lose Angela when she retired in 1982, but she and Raymond had their sights set on building a beautiful retirement home in Northport (Camden area), Maine and welcoming family and friends (old and new) to enjoy the lake and their warm hospitality. They kept very busy gardening and growing both beautiful vegetables and flowers, volunteering and being active in their church. Angela was an excellent cook and could prepare delicious Italian delicacies as well as cuisine from many other countries. Her pastries and cookies were second to none, and she sold those as well as her very popular fresh fruit jams and jellies from the gift shop No Necessities which she and Raymond shared for a time with another couple in Belfast, Maine. Farmer's Markets and mail orders also kept her very busy indeed! Adept also at needlework and crafts, and a voracious reader, there was always something wonderful cooking or being created by our talented and loving Mother, "Grammy", and Aunt!
Angela was predeceased by her husband, Raymond, who passed away eight months earlier; her parents, Barney and Josephine LaSala; sister and brother-in-law, Phyllis and Frank Racz and their oldest son Frank; sister and brother-in-law Jean and Anthony Ventimiglia; and her and Raymond's third child, JoAnne, who died shortly after birth. Left to cherish her memory are her loving daughters, Marian Nangle and Lauretta Marie Denaro-Bingham; son, John Towle; grandchildren JoAnna (Trevor) Vaughn, Michael (Teresa) Nangle, Liam (Brenda) Nangle, Alyssa Denaro, Andrew Denaro & fiancé Kiera Gold, Jacqui (Jon) Penley, William (Sarah) Towle, Melissa (Steven) Sobon, Nicholas (Ashley) Towle, Christa (Tommy) Polinski; and seven Great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and many friends from Long Island, Maine, and Pennsylvania.
Arrangements are being handled by Pelham Funeral Home where there will be a small, private Memorial held on Friday, September 17, 2021. Due to the unsafe conditions of the pandemic, the family is limiting the funeral mass to be held for both Raymond and Angela to close family and friends. Donations can be made in Angela’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association (act.alz.org) and/or Malta House (Hope for Life) (maltahouse.org)
Rest in God's peace dearest Mom and Dad...though we mourn and miss you, our hearts are full knowing you are together forever in our Lord's loving embrace.