Angela Rae Sicuro-DeMatteis, age 76 passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, after a long and courageous fight against Alzheimer’s Disease. Angela loved life and was adored by anyone she met. She was known for her beautiful smile and contagious laugh, which were part of her until the very end.
Angela had a passion for children. She was able to touch hundreds of lives as a teacher and professor. Angela received her Bachelor of Science in Education from Kent State University in 1965, and then received her Master’s in Education from The Ohio State University. She was a teacher and counselor at Maize Elementary for Columbus City Schools, and later served as the Director of the Lutheran Ascension Preschool in Columbus. Angela also taught graduate classes at Ashland University, and was a mentor to those just beginning their teaching journey.
Born in Ravenna, Ohio, on November 30, 1941, Angela has always been independent and strong-willed. She loved fixing things, and could always be found with a caulk gun in hand. She took the position of the general contractor, when a second story was added to her home in the 90s. Angela also had a tremendous love for animals and cars. She took great pleasure in caring for her cats, dogs, turtles, and birds. Her 1967 Chevy Camaro was her crown jewel. She restored it to its original condition, and it was admired by all.
Angela met her beloved husband Dan through mutual friends, who were teachers. Married for 46 years, they were devoted to one another. Dan and Angela loved music. Dan would often recite the lyrics to classic pop songs from WNCI 97.9 including “Everybody in the Club Gettin Tipsy,” by J-Kwon, until she would laugh hysterically. Together, they had their son Matthew and loved watching their family grow to include their daughter-in-law and two grandchildren.
Angela is preceded in death by her husband, Dan, father, Guy Sicuro, and mother, Frances Sicuro. She is survived by her son, Matthew (Jennifer), two grandchildren, Anderson and Julia, and her brother Bob Sicuro.
Matthew and Jennifer would like to thank the caregivers at Glenwood Alzheimer’s Special Care Center, and Capital City Hospice. It was clear Angela left a lasting footprint on so many hearts. Her caregivers fought hard to ensure she was treated with dignity and respect until her last breath – and her family is forever grateful.