Angelo’s garden has closed.
Angelo Colaianni, 83, of Moon Township passed away peacefully at his home on July 3, 2021. Angelo was born April 27, 1938 in Abruzzo, Italy in the small farming village of Onna. He was the son of Rocco and Anatasia Colaianni. As a child, he endured the atrocities of World War II outside his own front door. He is also a survivor of the massacre of Onna, which took place on November 6th, 1944. In July of 1963, he married his childhood sweetheart, Gemma Camardese. Later, in October of that year, the two would begin their journey together in America. Angelo immigrated to the great United States with nothing but the clothes on his back, and a work ethic second to none. Angelo worked countless hours his entire life, sacrificing endlessly to provide a better life for his family. He worked as a steelworker for 25 years at Shenango Steel Corporation, and as an expert cement finisher and wall builder. When heavy equipment could not be used, they would call in The Mighty Angelo. In addition to his solid work ethic, he also found a passion in the curing of Italian meats, winemaking, and perfecting Angelo’s Garden, where all would share in its bounties. Nobody ever left his house hungry. Angelo embodied the American Dream. He taught his children that nothing in life is free, but anything can be achieved through hard work in this great country. The lessons he shared will live on through them. He is joining his daughter, Valerie, in heaven. The memory of Angelo will be cherished by his son, Robert, and his daughters, Laura and Angela. He will be sadly missed by his grandchildren Brandon, Vincent, Anthony, Nicholas, Zachary, and Alexander. He also leaves behind a dedicated and loving wife, Gemma, who stood by his side for the last 59 years.
Family and friends will be welcomed on Wednesday from 2pm-4pm and 6pm-8pm in the Sanvito Funeral Home, 1316 4th Ave., Coraopolis. A Blessing Service will take place in the funeral home on Thursday morning at 10am. Interment to follow at Resurrection Cemetery.
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