Though the old grey mare wasn’t quite what she used to be, Angie never slowed down. It was probably her cooking that kept her young. She was famous for her meatballs and made sure that she passed the tradition onto her kids and grandkids. Her bounty of food was never just for her family. For years she fed the factory workers behind her home, everyone at the St. Joseph’s carnival, bazaar and spaghetti dinners, members of the Beverly Athletic Club, the mailman and even the hobos on the train. Everything was made from scratch even the sausage that she and her husband made. At 50 cents a pound they fulfilled orders all over Beverly, Riverside and Delanco. She canned all year and occasionally liked to indulge in some homemade wine.
Angie worked on a farm growing up and never lost her connection to the land. At her home she raised her own chickens (occasionally having fun chasing her kid’s friends around after wringing their necks), cared for rabbits, grape vines and a fig tree. For a while she even kept a duck in her basement. Her garden and her yard were her pride. Though her house was big, friends and family were always found either in her kitchen or front porch.
A 21 year old Angeline awoke one night to the sounds of a saxophone, clarinet, accordion and singing. A moon struck young man named Tony had come to serenade her. Their 48 year marriage was blessed by four daughters, Angie Huber, Connie (Raymond) Anthony, Toni Marie (Tim) Cline, and Jane “Darryl” Phillips. Her 11 grandkids and seven great-grandkids warmed her heart, even while they destroyed her kitchen.
Come celebrate 93 active years 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday in Sweeney Funeral Home, 478 Cooper Street, Beverly. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30 a.m. in Jesus, the Good Shepherd Parish, St. Joseph’s site, Beverly. Interment will be in Monument Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Moorestown Visiting Nurses, 300 Harper Drive, Moorestown, NJ 08057 or Samaritan Hospice, 5 Eves Drive, Marlton, NJ 08053