October 31, 1919 – April 3, 2018
Katharina Angeli, 98, passed away peacefully on Tuesday April 3, 2018 at her home in San Jose.
Her loving husband, Florian, preceded her in death 21 years ago. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother, and a caring and generous friend to all who knew her.
She is survived by her brother Joe, daughters Frieda , Heidi (Hal), and Linda (Steve); grandchildren Eric ,Christine, Timm, Allyson, Greg, Nicole and Natalie; and great-grandchildren Lacey, Garret, Clive, and Cecilia.
Funeral Services will be Friday, April 13, at Lima Family Mortuary Santa Clara, beginning at noon. Reception to follow. Memorial donations may be sent to Catholic Charities Santa Clara.
- Visitation Friday, April 13, 2018
- Funeral Friday, April 13, 2018
- Burial Friday, April 13, 2018
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April 12, 2018
In Chicago, they had a wonderful community of other Danube-Swabiens who had been ethnically-cleansed from Gakovo and neighboring towns. She and Florian helped organize the Batschka club, to help pass on their language and cultural heritage to the children. Every Saturday, they met with friends to play cards. During the summer, we all met at the beach park. While the others were playing cards, mom would take us kids down to the beach to swim and play.
Katharina and Florian renewed their vows on their 50th wedding anniversary in 1989. They celebrated the event with a banquet for family and friends, and showed us all how much they still loved to dance.
After 57 years of a true marriage partnership, her devoted husband Florian died suddenly in 1996. She moved to San Jose, into the household of Linda and Steve, and grandchildren Nicole and Natalie. Heidi and Hal, with grandchildren Allyson and Greg, lived nearby. She doted on the grandkids, teaching them how to cook and bake.
Katharina is survived by her brother, Joseph, daughters Frieda, Heidi, and Linda, son-in-laws Hal and Steve, grandchildren Eric, Chris, Timm, Allyson, Greg, Nicole, and Natalie, and great-granchildren Lacey, Garrett, Clive, and Cecilia.
She was preceded in death by her parents Michael and Barbara, husband Florian, sister Agatha, and son-in-law Richard.
If you would like to remember Katharina in a special way, in lieu of flowers, donations may be given in her name to Catholic Charities, Santa Clara County.
April 12, 2018
Katharina Ripp Angeli died peacefully of natural causes in her home in the company of family.
Katharina was born in Gakovo, a small ethnically-German town in what was then northern Jugoslavia. She was the oldest of 3 children, with sister Agatha and brother Joseph.
She married handsome Florian Angeli in February, 1939, and daughter Frieda was born in October, 1940. They lived happily in Gakovo until 1942, when Florian “volunteered” to join the army. By October 1944, the Russian front was approaching Gakovo. Katharina and her sister Agatha fled with their 3 young children, making their way as refugees through Czechoslovakia and finally to Austria. Katharina’s strong devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary gave her strength through these difficult times.
After the war ended, Florian reunited with her in Lenzing. Katharina helped support the family, working when work was available in factories, and then as a housekeeper for the factory manager. Daughter Heidi was born here in 1952. In 1957, they were allowed to emigrate, and began a new life in Chicago, where daughter Linda was born in 1958.
Katharina was a devoted wife and amazing mother and oma, beloved by her children and friends for her kindness. Despite her limited English, she advocated for her daughters at school, and helped out with Mother’s Club and Girl Scouts. Educating her daughters was very important to her, because her own schooling was cut short by the depression.
She loved to garden and grow her own vegetables and flowers. Before they owned their own property, she turned a corner of a vacant lot into a sizeable garden plot. Her cookies were legendary – as adults, we eagerly awaited her Christmas “care” packages. She was a wonderful role-model for us, helping us with each new grandchild. She loved playing games with them, and crocheted a special afghan for each one.
Family was important to mom and dad– visiting parents and siblings every summer.