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Memorial Funeral Chapel

1515 South College Ave, Bryan, TX

OBITUARY

Rena Cangelose

May 29, 1923January 13, 2020
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Rena Restivo Cangelose, 96, of Bryan passed away Monday, January 13, 2020 at St. Joseph Manor in Bryan.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 18th at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Bryan. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday, January 17th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Chapel in Bryan with an Altar Society rosary at 4:00 p.m. and evening rosary at 7:00 p.m.

Rena was born in Bryan to Nicolena Dragna and Andrew H. Restivo and graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School in Bryan. She married Sam W. (Buddy) Cangelose on February 9, 1947. They owned and operated Buddy’s Drive-In Grocery for many years before eventually working at Mike’s Grocery and News Office Supply.

Rena was devout in her faith, and was an active member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. She gladly gave time and endless effort in numerous areas. Prior to getting married, she served as the assistant organist for Mrs. Mary Newland. She was also a member of the Altar Society, Adult Choir, Christian Mothers, Ministry of Praise and Holy Rosary Society (as Coordinator). She served the very important role as a Eucharistic Minister at St. Anthony and St. Joseph Manor and Rehabilitation Center where she shared her faith and provided comfort to so many. Her contribution to the Meal Ministry was also significant. Rena was well known for her cooking and baking skills and generously shared her recipes. It was always a treat to eat at her table, and she loved cooking for family and friends.

Rena’s large family provided her with great joy and happiness. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and aunt. She had the unique ability to make time for all without seeming rushed or distracted. The stories she shared with her grandchildren will never be forgotten. Through her, they knew all about the family she loved so very much. Rena also had a great sense of humor, and her laughter was infectious.

Rena’s positive outlook on life often was reflected in her service minded life. She was a member of the Retired Senior Volunteer program of Brazos County. Her enthusiasm and dedication were contagious. It would be impossible to determine the number of people she positively impacted in her 96 years. She is one of those people that left the world in a better place for having been here, and her kind heart and generous spirit will not soon be forgotten.

Rena is preceded in death by her parents, husband Buddy, grandson, James Robertson Hollis,III, brothers, Sam, Frank, Joe, Jack and Andrew Restivo; and sisters, Lucille Ruffino and Corrine Smith.

She is survived by sons, William and wife Nancy, Buddy, Marty and wife Saysha, Mark and wife Mary, Johnny and wife Liliana, all of College Station, and Andrew of Boulder, Colorado; daughters Carol Hollis and husband Jimmy of Bryan and Lynette Zapf and husband Mark of Rogers, Arkansas; brothers and sisters-in-law Anthony and Reba Restivo of Bryan and Don and Lucy Restivo of Beaumont, TX. Sister, Mary Perrone of Bryan; Sisters-in-law Mary Jo Restivo of Bryan and Virginia Restivo of Houston; 17 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to express special thanks to the following: friend and caregiver Luz Castro, nurses, aides and staff of St. Joseph Manor and Hospice Brazos Valley. Donations in Rena’s memory may be made to the St. Anthony Catholic Church Stained Glass Window Project or to Hospice Brazos Valley.

Services

18 January

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL

10:00 am

St Anthony's Catholic Church

401 S Parker Ave
Bryan, Texas 77803

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • ALTAR SOCIETY ROSARY Friday, January 17, 2020
  • VISITATION Friday, January 17, 2020
  • ROSARY SERVICE Friday, January 17, 2020

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Marianne Ruffino

January 17, 2020

I have so many good memories of being in the choir loft with your mother since I was 13 years old. She was a dedicated member. I am so sorry I will not be able to make the funeral. I have to be out of town. God bless all of you.

Linda Restivo

January 17, 2020

My heartfelt sympathy goes out to all of you...
the Cangelose Family,

I just returned home from the Holy Land. I wrote a prayer for the soul of Aunt Rena and healing and peace for your family. I placed the prayer between the ancient stones of the Western Wall and prayed that you all will be filled with blessings of comfort and peace and sweet memories of Aunt Rena.

With love and prayers,
Linda Sue

Chris and Bob Dowd

January 17, 2020

Mark and Lynette...please know we send prayers of comfort and peace for you and the entire family during this difficult time. May God hold your hearts close. Rena sounds like a remarkable lady, and heaven has surely gained an angel.

Glenn and Karen Boone

January 16, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We have fond memories of Emmett street! She was a remarkable lady.

Howard Meek

January 16, 2020

Carol,
Tracy and I, along with all the Empty Nesters from Christ UMC, are thinking about you and Jim during this time. We added you to the prayer list last night. We will keep you and your family in our prayers for peace and comfort.

Sincerely,
Howard Meek

Sherry Greene

January 16, 2020

I met Rena at Mrs . Scaramado’s card games ! I was her caregiver ! Rena was quite a little lady ! She was a little card herself ! RIP sweet Rena❤️

Jacque Weido

January 15, 2020

Prayers for the entire family. Beautiful Sweet Lady. An Italian Jewel. May She Rest in the Sweet Arms of Jesus.

Mason Carrico

January 15, 2020

Mark and Lynette may God grant you peace and healing during this difficult time. Know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers! Mason and the your GEA family

Rosemary Kana

January 15, 2020

I came to know Mrs. Rena through St. Anthony's Mother's Day Out Program. She began to volunteer helping wherever needed. She was the most pleasant person I know. She was always so kind and considerate and very helpful. She always said, "What do you need me to do". We all quickly became family to one another. During this time, Mrs. Rena was one of several senior ladies that brought a wealth of experience, wisdom and love to our program. I was fortunate to have visited her not too long ago after Mass. We spoke some. But mostly we just connected and remembered the fondness we shared for one another. I so much appreciated and loved her. She is a truly holy woman. May she rest in peace. Prayers for all her family, that she was so proud of and loved so deeply.

Denise DeLuke

January 14, 2020

Such a beautiful lady, inside and out. Always a sweet smile on her face. Will miss seeing you. You lived a faith filled life. May you rest in God's loving arms.

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Biography

Rena Restivo Cangelose, 96, of Bryan passed away Monday, January 13, 2020 at St. Joseph Manor in Bryan.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 18th at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Bryan. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday, January 17th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Chapel in Bryan with an Altar Society rosary at 4:00 p.m. and evening rosary at 7:00 p.m.

Rena was born in Bryan to Nicolena Dragna and Andrew H. Restivo and graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School in Bryan. She married Sam W. (Buddy) Cangelose on February 9, 1947. They owned and operated Buddy’s Drive-In Grocery for many years before eventually working at Mike’s Grocery and News Office Supply.

Rena was devout in her faith, and was an active member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. She gladly gave time and endless effort in numerous areas. Prior to getting married, she served as the assistant organist for Mrs. Mary Newland. She was also a member of the Altar Society, Adult Choir, Christian Mothers, Ministry of Praise and Holy Rosary Society (as Coordinator). She served the very important role as a Eucharistic Minister at St. Anthony and St. Joseph Manor and Rehabilitation Center where she shared her faith and provided comfort to so many. Her contribution to the Meal Ministry was also significant. Rena was well known for her cooking and baking skills and generously shared her recipes. It was always a treat to eat at her table, and she loved cooking for family and friends.

Rena’s large family provided her with great joy and happiness. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and aunt. She had the unique ability to make time for all without seeming rushed or distracted. The stories she shared with her grandchildren will never be forgotten. Through her, they knew all about the family she loved so very much. Rena also had a great sense of humor, and her laughter was infectious.

Rena’s positive outlook on life often was reflected in her service minded life. She was a member of the Retired Senior Volunteer program of Brazos County. Her enthusiasm and dedication were contagious. It would be impossible to determine the number of people she positively impacted in her 96 years. She is one of those people that left the world in a better place for having been here, and her kind heart and generous spirit will not soon be forgotten.

Rena is preceded in death by her parents, husband Buddy, grandson, James Robertson Hollis,III, brothers, Sam, Frank, Joe, Jack and Andrew Restivo; and sisters, Lucille Ruffino and Corrine Smith.

She is survived by sons, William and wife Nancy, Buddy, Marty and wife Saysha, Mark and wife Mary, Johnny and wife Liliana, all of College Station, and Andrew of Boulder, Colorado; daughters Carol Hollis and husband Jimmy of Bryan and Lynette Zapf and husband Mark of Rogers, Arkansas; brothers and sisters-in-law Anthony and Reba Restivo of Bryan and Don and Lucy Restivo of Beaumont, TX. Sister, Mary Perrone of Bryan; Sisters-in-law Mary Jo Restivo of Bryan and Virginia Restivo of Houston; 17 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to express special thanks to the following: friend and caregiver Luz Castro, nurses, aides and staff of St. Joseph Manor and Hospice Brazos Valley. Donations in Rena’s memory may be made to the St. Anthony Catholic Church Stained Glass Window Project or to Hospice Brazos Valley.