Irita Claire Hooper Angelico

March 29, 1947October 26, 2020

While holding both of her daughter’s hands, Irita Claire Hooper Angelico, took her final breath on Monday, October 26, 2020. The world lost a die-hard admirer of Neil Diamond’s music, an avid Hummel collector, and the greatest Trivial Pursuit partner any player could have. Irita grew up in Metairie, Louisiana as the daughter of Marion and Iris Hooper and the sister of Walter (Cindy). Irita was a graduate of the Cabrini High School, class of 1965. She went on to work in banking and became a legal secretary, travel agent, realtor and business owner. Her most beloved roles were as a devoted military wife to Joseph Francis Angelico for 53 years, a loving mother to Stefanie (Brian) and Melissa (Steven) and Meme to Jack, Abigail, Emma and Andrew. She will be remembered for her never dull always charming wit, flair for jewelry and being a connoisseur of fine New Orleans Cuisine, with her favorite restaurant being Galatoire’s. Irita is preceded in death by her parents and survived by her husband, daughters, grandchildren, brother and her only godson Gus Bongiovanni as well as a plethora of cousins, nieces and nephews. Family and Friends are invited to attend Services for Irita Hooper Angelico on Saturday, November 14, 2020 at Grace Funeral Home & St Lazarus of Bethany Memorial Garden, 450 Holy Trinity Drive, Covington, Louisiana 70433.Visitation will be held from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM followed by a Memorial Mass celebrated by Father John Brown, SJ at 4:00 PM in the Chapel at Grace Funeral Home. Irita will be interred at the United States Coast Guard Academy Columbarium in New London, Connecticut at a later date.The family would like to express thanks to the wonderful staff for the never ending care and help given by Forest Manor Nursing Home and St. Catherine’s Hospice. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to St. Catherine’s Hospice 421 West Airline Highway, Suite L, Laplace, LA 70068. Condolences may be left for the family online at



  • Memorial Visitation

    Saturday, November 14, 2020

  • Memorial Mass

    Saturday, November 14, 2020

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catherine bankston

November 13, 2020

Carl & I were sorry to hear of Irita's passing. She was indeed a true Southern Lady. We remember many car pools & baseball games that we shared with the Angelicos.
Irita's strong will to learn how to drive again was admirable. She was a wonderful mother, wife & friend who will be missed by anyone who was fortunate to come in contact with her.
Irita and her family will be in our prayers-may she Rest in Peace.

The Bankston Family - Carl, Catherine, Amy & Jennifer

Jill Rose

November 4, 2020

Joe, of course, I joined Milt in sending our heartfelt memories of Irita. But I would also like to add that I always LOVED the times we CGA '67 wives were together. Irita added life and sparkle to every event! And she will be among my favorite "dancing partners" ever at the Class 50th Reunion. Lots of terrific memories! Her passing is a loss for us all!

Sue Nolan Klein

November 2, 2020

Dear Joe,
I last saw Irita at our 50th reunion. We sat and talked. I am sending my sympathy to you and family at this hard time. She always spoke of you and her children. Hold Gently The Memories.
Cabrini Class of 1965

Sandra Richard

October 30, 2020

Dear Joe,
Please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of your dear Irita. Know that you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers daily. May God grant you and your family peace and comfort during this difficult time.


Carolyn Bourgeois Larousse

October 29, 2020

Dear Joe,

Please accept my sincere and heartfelt condolences on the loss of your beloved Irita. She has surely earned her place among the angels. May God grant peace and comfort to all her family. I’m so very sorry for your loss.


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