November 18, 1924 – September 11, 2018
Angelina Arasi, 93, of Alpharetta, GA passed away on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. She was born in Manhattan, NY on November 18, 1924 to parents Maria Concetta and Vincenzo Crifo. Just after WWII ended, Angelina married Demetrio Arasi, also of Manhattan. As first generation American children of Italian immigrants, they possessed strong work ethics and raised their own children to believe in the importance of hard work to achieve their American dreams. In 1960, the couple moved their growing family to the Long Island suburb of Commack, NY. Angelina worked many years as a professional seamstress at Artstone Theatrical Company (Danskin). A woman of varied talents, she enjoyed sharing her delicious Italian cooking with family and friends, and also loved to listen to music and go ballroom dancing with her husband.
In 1993, Demetrio and Angelina moved south to Georgia to be close to their grown children and grandkids. After her husband of fifty years passed away in 1996, Angelina continued to live a full active life in her new surroundings. Her Italian dinners continued to be legendary to all who enjoyed sitting at her large dining room table! She was always graciously generous with her time and skills, helping her kids with sewing projects and Italian cooking lessons. Over the years, she participated in many church and senior clubs. Bingo and canasta were two of her favorite games. She was the organizer of Prime-Timers, the Saint Brigid parishioners’ monthly luncheon.
Her children and grandchildren were her greatest legacy, and she supported and cheered them on at every milestone and achievement. On the dance floor, this stylishly outfitted 90-something could still outdance the younger generations AND even surprise the grandkids with a hip hop move or two! Cooking and baking were her lifetime creative passions, and as with her dance moves, she could delight and surprise her dinner guests with new mouth watering dishes! She was the quintessential Italian matriarch who watched over her family tirelessly and served up constant love, support AND nourishment! She loved this country and never stopped believing in the American dream through all the decades of struggles and change including The Great Depression, wars, and personal loss.
Angelina was preceded in death by her parents, Maria Concetta and Vincenzo Crifo, her husband Demetrio, and siblings: Carmela Orifici, Mary Collora, Joseph Crifo, and Rosaria DeGaspera.
Survivors include, daughter; Linda Arasi, sons; Tony (Melissa), Robert (Courtney), Tom (Sandra Quintero), and Richard (Kathy), grandchildren; Anthony Arasi, Ryan Arasi, Ben Arasi, Victoria Arasi Hauff (Mitchell), Jenny Arasi, Alexandra Arasi, Laura Albornoz, Demetria Arasi, and Luca Arasi.
The Arasi family has been so blessed to have Mom and Grandma Arasi in their lives for so many years and will cherish her memory always. In lieu of flowers, Angelina’s wish was that donations be made to Saint Brigid Catholic Church. (saintbrigid.org).
- Tony Arasi, Active Pallbearer
- Robert Arasi, Active Pallbearer
- Tom Arasi , Active Pallbearer
- Richard Arasi , Active Pallbearer
- Anthony Arasi , Active Pallbearer
- Benjamin Arasi , Active Pallbearer
- Ryan Arasi , Active Pallbearer
- Luca Arasi , Active Pallbearer
- Saint Brigid Catholic Church
- Visitation Sunday, September 16, 2018
- Funeral Mass Monday, September 17, 2018
- Reception Monday, September 17, 2018
September 17, 2018
So sorry to hear about Aunt Angie's passing. I still have fond memories of visiting her and uncle Metro at their home in Long Island. My Dad, James and Mom, Elsie held both Angie and Metro in the highest regard and we always enjoyed the stories they would share about the "old days".
My sincere condolences to the Arasi family.
September 14, 2018
It was a truly rare blessing -meeting Angie - during the early years at St.Brigid's here in Alpharetta.
Friendships formed quickly among Angie's 'Prime Timers' as we discovered our New York 'Yankee' roots and monthly get-togethers.
I personally thank Heaven for the many occasions and moments we shared over the years. We considered her to be 'the gold standard' for hospitality, warmth and faithful love for her friends and beautiful family.
Eternal peace -dear lady.
September 13, 2018
I am so sorry that I did not get to know Angie longer. She was my next door neighbor (across our driveway) and we would occasionally have a nice chat on our way to the mailbox, etc. She was one sweet lady and neighbor. It was so nice to see her family gather around her and support her. Enjoyed all the precious pictures you posted. Please accept my sympathy and condolences for your great loss.
17102 Harvest Ridge Lane
The Orchards at Jones Bridge
September 12, 2018
The first time I met my aunt-to-be was at my fourth birthday party. Angie, 19 at the time, came as the guest of Millie, who was my mother’s sister and my aunt. Millie had gotten to know Angie pretty well, as they worked together, and she had decided that Angie would be the perfect girl for her brother, Metro. She and her sister (my mother, Matilda) plotted and planned and, in the end, my birthday party ended up being as much an excuse to get Angie and Metro together as it was to celebrate my birthday. As everyone now knows, that turned out to be an absolutely rousing success.