Angela Leigh Zahniser

February 18, 1976August 26, 2013

Angela “Angie” Leigh Zahniser, 37, of Wayne, PA passed away peacefully on Monday August 26, 2013. Angie was the beloved daughter of Gary and Patricia (nee Anderson) Zahniser. Angie was a 1994 graduate of North Allegheny HS in Wexford, PA; a 1998 graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology; and, a 2005 graduate of the University of Indiana School of Public & Environmental Affairs, earning a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs. Among Angela’s many accomplishments in her short life was her journey to Ghana, West Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer. She loved & became loved by the people of her village of Agbenoxoe. To improve village healthcare, Angela personally raised the money to open a new maternity home that the village named in her honor - “The Angela Zahniser Maternity Home” - which is still proudly operating today. When she returned to the U.S., Angela earned her MPA degree and set out to improve the world’s environment. She was selected as a U.S. Presidential Management Fellow and started her career serving the U.S. Government writing environmental public policy for the Bureau of Land Management. After several years of living in Washington, D.C., Angela’s burning desire to return out west took her to the Colorado State Department of Air Quality. Angie is survived by 2 siblings: Melissa (Lane) Wiggers & Dr. James Zahniser. Also surviving are twin niece and nephew; Maura & Chase Wiggers as well as many Aunts, Uncles & Cousins. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate her life Wed, Sept. 4 at Alleva Funeral Home, Inc.: 1724 E. Lancaster Ave., Paoli, PA 6-8PM & on Fri. Sept. 6 at George Thoma Funeral Home, Inc.: 10418 Perry HWY, Wexford, PA 6-9PM. A Memorial Mass will be held Sat. Sept. 7 10AM at St. Alphonsus Church: 201 Church Rd. Wexford, PA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Angela’s honor to: The Cancer Support Community of Philadelphia OR to the Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation under Giving at account code: R12967. Arrangements are with Alleva Funeral Home, Inc. & George Thoma Funeral Home, Inc.


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Kelly Wright

January 22, 2014

I first met Ang my first year of school at University of Colorado when we worked together at the Black Eyed Pea. I visited her many times in Allenspark, CO. When she went off to Ghana, we stayed in touch writing letters back and forth often. Through time and distance, we lost touch and I am so sad to hear of her passing. She touched my life and I always knew she would make an incredible difference in the lives of many others. Angie will always have a special place in my heart along with the fond memories. My condolences to all. Sincerely, Kelly Wright

Mary Creekmore

September 4, 2013

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Zahniser and Jamie,
The loss of Angela is almost unbearable. I've only known her a very short time since she came to the Philadelphia area for treatment. She is truly a special person and never gave up the fight or hope. She inspired each and every one of us in her "group" as she fought with determination and tenacity. After reading about her career accomplishments, her volunteer service and the establishment of the medical center in Ghana, it brought to light the full picture of how special she is. In her very short life, she accomplilshed more than most of us could only hope. My sincerest sympathies for your loss.

Lindy Lhamon

September 4, 2013

Gary, I was so saddened to hear of the passing of Angie after her long, hard fight. I am inspired by your strength and resilience and you have helped me with the recent diagnosis of my father's cancer and given me hope that my family will have the same courage to face the long road ahead. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you celebrate a beautiful life lost.

Brian and Tammy Darby

September 3, 2013

Mr. and Mrs. Zahniser and Jamie,
Sorry to hear of the passing of Angie. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

September 1, 2013

Pat and Gary,
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.
You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Don and Sally Greenaway

August 31, 2013

Please accept our heartfelt sympathy in the loss of your daughter. Our thoughts and prayers have been with you and your family everyday as you faced this difficult time.
The Williams Family..Greg, Meg and Will

Larry Edelen

August 31, 2013

Gary, we are very sorry to hear this news about Angie and we will pray for her and that God will provide your family the strength to hold the faith and enjoy the things that she left behind.

August 31, 2013

Gary and Pat:
We are deeply saddened to hear of the untimely passing of your extraordinary Angie. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Robert and Debbie Dunn

August 30, 2013

Gary and Pat,
Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the lass of your daughter.

Marie and Dick McKibben

Gert Hynes

August 30, 2013

Words cannot express the sorrow I feel for the loss of your daughter. May her light shine forever in your hearts.
You have my deepest sympathies.