OBITUARY

Celestino "Sal" Angilletta

May 10, 1956April 20, 2018

Celestino “Sal” Angilletta, 61, of Otego passed away Friday, April 20, 2018 at Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown surrounded by his loving family. He was born May 10, 1956 in Calabria, Italy the son of the late Nicodemo and Nunziata (Romeo) Angilletta. In 1971, Sal came to America and became the embodiment of the American dream. His ambition and drive led him from Brooklyn to upstate New York where he began owning/operating Pizza Land restaurant in 1982. The rest is history. On August 21, 1976, Sal married Graziella “Grace” Papandrea in Brooklyn, NY. Together, they began a family and raised 3 wonderful children together, Robert, Michael, and Jennifer. Sal enjoyed hunting, fishing, flying his airplane, gardening, riding horses, and spending time with friends and family, especially his two grandchildren. Sal is survived by his loving wife, Grace Angilletta, Otego; three children, Robert and his wife Jennifer Angilletta, Albany, NY, Michael and his wife Emily Angilletta, Otego, NY and Jennifer and her husband Tom Montagnino, Leonia, NJ; two and a half grandchildren, Celeste Isabelle Angilletta, Leo Thomas Montagnino and granddaughter Montagnino due in August; five brothers, Tony, Vincenzo, Carmine, Domenick and Umberto and their families. There will be no calling hours. A ceremony will be held on Wednesday April 25 at 12:00-1:00 pm at Pizza Land, 24 Oneida Street, Oneonta with the Rev. Paul Messner officiating. In lieu of flowers please consider planting a vegetable plant in Sal’s honor. To light a candle or send the family and online condolence please visit www.bookhoutfuneralhome.com Arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home, Oneonta.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Service Wednesday, April 25, 2018
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Jim and Linda Dallara

April 27, 2018

Our hearts are broken and we are so grieved on Sal's passing but feel blessed that our families were joined when our daughter married Sal and Grace's eldest son. The Angilletta hospitality, kindness, generousity, caring, friendliness, and love is a precious gift. We will always treasure the many fun times at Sal and Grace's home where the food and entertainment was the best. Sal was a man of many talents and we loved listening to his stories and his playing the harmonica - especially around a campfire. He loved the outdoors and once when we were at our daughter and son-in-law's home with Sal and Grace, we were all out in the yard enjoying the sunny warm day when Sal decided to help trim one of the trees. He knew just which branches needed to be trimmed but as he was working he said quietly that he wished he had a certain tool. Immediately our son-in-law and daughter's three year old daughter ran into the house and came back with her pink plastic toolbox to help her Grandpa! He made her day by letting her help him! We will always have him in our hearts. God Bless You, Sal. With our love and prayers, Linda & Jim Dallara

Tammy and Kevin Sousa

April 27, 2018

The news was very heartbreaking. Our deepest sympathy go out to all the Angilletta family. As neighbors for a very long time, if there is anything we can help you with in the future please feel free to reach out.
There are so many memories to share. Mrs. Decker delivering girl scout Cookies, that is when are relationship I believe first started. Since then (Sal) you have watched me grow up and you have been an encouraging me along the way. Even when you fired me from Pizza Land and said "You are great at the horses stick to that". Well I did. There are many more memories but I kept it short.
Angilletta's thank you for being there for me and my family and I hope I can pay it forward!

With Prayers,

Sousa's and Decker's

Nancy Wein

April 26, 2018

UNCLE…
Undeniably
Now
Celestino
Lives
Eternally
What can I say as I hold back the tears… I had so much fun as a kid in your presence! Working in the pizzeria over the summers when I used to come visit and play with Bobby, Jen and Michael, was a blast. I made the best tips and loved the experience. By you letting me work at the pizzeria, it gave me the experience at such a young age to start working and excel in jobs. You taught me how to ride a horse, start a fire and just have fun. You will be missed but always loved. Aunt Grace, Bobby, Jennifer and Michael, please stay strong for each other and keep all the happy memories alive as I will. Love you guys Nancy

Don Benson

April 25, 2018

To the entire Angililetta Family

I am very saddened to have heard this news.. God bless you all. I will always cherish the times of conversing with Sal....wonderful stories of how he came to America and got things moving .

My prayers and thoughts are with you all

Don Benson

Doug & Alice Cannistra

April 25, 2018

Dear Grace & Family-

Heartfelt condolences on Sal's passing. We will miss our visits with him at the restaurant, his sense of humor and his boundless generosity. He always took care of us like family and we feel very fortunate to have shared our friendship for so many years. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Doug & Alice

John and Janice Elderkin

April 24, 2018

Pizzaland won't be quite the same without our friend Sal. For as long as we can remember Sal would always greet us with his welcoming smile. Many times he would join us to share his stories..anything from gardening, hunting, business and sometimes just small talk...you never knew for sure what the subject would be. We will always remember these special times.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Angilletta families and the whole family at Pizzaland.

John and Janice Elderkin

Brenda & Malcolm Bloomer

April 24, 2018

We are so sorry for your loss. Sal, the food and the caring atmosphere of his restaurant was the reason we always came back. He will be sorely missed by everyone.

Lombardo Maria Carmela

April 23, 2018

Carissimo cognato Celestino, mi riesce molto difficile pensare che non ci vedremo più . Dicevi che stavi preparando i documenti per venire a vederci e che volevi vedere i monti di Aspalmo dove siamo nati che non scorderemo mai. La sorte non ha voluto e mi dispiace proprio tanto . Spero che Dio ti dia un posto in Paradiso perché lo meriti anche per la gentilezza e l'affetto che dimostravi a tutti noi.
Carissima cognata Graziella e nipoti Bobby ,Michael e Jennifer ,mi unisco a voi per la perdita del marito e padre e, in questo immenso dolore, vi faccio le mie più sincere condoglianze. Cara cognata non mi dimentico mai di te, ricordo con tanto affetto quando siamo venuti lì e ti ringrazio ancora dell'affetto e della gentilezza che hai avuto verso di me .Ti penso tanto, Fatti coraggio che Celestino non avrebbe voluto mai vederci soffrire. Un grosso abbraccio e un bacio a tutti e quattro e famiglie da tua cognata e zia Carmela Lombardo dall'Italia.

Emanuela Angilletta

April 23, 2018

Caro zio Celestino,
ti scrivero' in Italiano, lingua che tu amavi e conoscevi bene...mi dispiace davvero tantissimo che sia finita cosi'. Dovevamo vederci qui in Italia , ci avevi detto che stavi progettando il viaggio e noi eravamo tutti contenti di rivederti.
Le sofferenze , i dolori e la morte di un parente affettuoso , gentile e accogliente come te non possono che pesare enormemente. Tanti anni fa hai voluto che venissimo tutti assieme per riunire la famiglia, tu credevi molto nella famiglia e hai donato a tutti la possibilita'di una giornata comunque diversa ed irripetibile. Il tuo calore umano e la tua sensibilita' sono sempre stati percepiti da me inalterati in tutti questi anni,vicini o distanti che si fosse. Quando ci si incontra poche volte nella vita e per brevi periodi, in realtà, chiaramente, ci si conosce poco e per nessuno è facile provare e mostrare affetto gli uni con gli altri .
Ma proprio qui qui sta la grande differenza.
Tu hai utilizzato ogni momento per creare e valorizzare un rapporto familiare verso di noi in cui credevi . E noi con te. L'importanza di valorizzare i pochi momenti insieme o almeno di provarci a farlo, era giosamente manifesta nel tuo atteggiamento verso ognuno di noi. Personalmente , riflettendoci, mi hai trasmesso che fare lo sforzo di incontrarsi e di riconoscersi nelle persone e situazioni di vita familiare che ci accomunano , in qualche modo, puo'valorizzarci e forse ci aiuta anche comprendere meglio chi siamo.
Questi ricordi colmi di riconoscenza e di tenerezza rimangono e contribuiranno a mantenerti vivo nel mio cuore.
Quando penso a te, zio , ho sempre davanti un'immagine sorridente e simpatica, davvero familiare e se, forse, ci riincontreremo, so per certo che sara'sicuramente di nuovo un bellissimo momento di festa. Grazie, Emanuela.

Jenny (Davis) Morell

April 23, 2018

Growing up in Otego - Pizza Land was a hallmark location! As a senior in high school I was diagnosed with cancer. Sal held a fundraising spaghetti dinner in my honor! A man of generosity and community... always greeting with a rough smile or a toss of the pizza dough to delight us!

I am so sorry for the family's tremendous loss and for the hole that will be left in our community. Prayers for Sal.