OBITUARY

Lalsangliani "Sangi" Vangchhia

October 27, 1948January 6, 2019

Lalsangliani “Sangi” Vangchhia, devoted wife, mother, sister, and aunt passed away on January 6, 2019 at the age of 73. Sangi was born on October 27, 1945, to the late Khawlthangi Chhakchhuak and Thankhuma Ralte in Zotlang, Mizoram, India. After graduating from high school, Sangi attended Gifford Memorial Nursing School in Nuzvid, Andhra Pradesh, and graduated in 1970. Her nursing career began in India where she worked in several Adventist hospitals in Shimla, Ranchi, and Jalandhar before immigrating to the United States. Sangi married Van Rotluanga Vangchhia on September 14, 1975, at Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church, becoming the first Mizo couple to marry in the United States. Sangi and Vanroa were blessed with two sons, Willis and Glen, and made their home in College Park, Maryland. Sangi was deeply passionate about providing care to her patients as a nurse. During her nursing career in America, Sangi worked in several hospitals throughout the Washington, D.C., area, including Washington Adventist Hospital, Doctors Community Hospital, Washington Hospital Center, and, finally, Holy Cross Hospital until her retirement in 2013. Despite her hectic schedule, Sangi always found a way to be welcoming, giving, and generous. Her home and kitchen were always open to anyone, as she happily hosted countless guests and visitors. In fact, her home is known as “Zawlbuk,” a Mizo word for a home that is open and available to all. In her home, Sangi found great joy in cooking and would do so as often as possible, and for as many people as possible. Throughout the years, Sangi helped many children, funded schools, and sponsored the education of several students abroad. The generosity shown by Sangi enabled many people to live a life they otherwise would not have been able to had it not been for the enthusiasm she had for helping others. There were many other activities Sangi enjoyed in addition to cooking. Sangi loved her garden. She enjoyed growing fruits, vegetables, and most importantly, chili, in her cherished garden. The food grown in her garden was not only served in her kitchen. Sangi happily gave food from her garden away to others so they could enjoy the food she grew just as much as she did. Sewing was also something Sangi was very passionate about. She sewed, stitched, patched, and repaired clothes for herself, family and friends. The common theme throughout everything Sangi did was generosity. Whether it was cooking, gardening, sewing, or anything else, Sangi did everything with joy and was even happier when she was able to share her joys with others. Above all else, Sangi was a devoted Seventh-day Adventist. She was active in the Adventist community in and around Washington, D.C., from her arrival in 1975 until her passing in 2019. Her faith was always at the center of her life and was the force that drove her to make the most positive contributions she could. Sangi led a full, meaningful, and impactful life. She will be dearly missed. Sangi is survived by her husband, Van Rotluanga; sons Willis Zoliantluanga and Glen Lalnuntluanga; siblings, cousins, nephews, nieces, as well as countless friends. Friends and relatives are invited to join the Vangchhia family on Saturday, February 2, 2019, from 5-8 p.m., for a viewing at the Hines-Rinaldi, FH,11800 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20904. A funeral service will be held on Sunday, February 3, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. at the Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church, 7700 Carroll Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912. The funeral service will be preceded by a viewing at 9:30 a.m. The committal service will immediately follow on Sunday, February 3, 2019, at 1:45 p.m., at George Washington Cemetery, 9500 Riggs Rd, Adelphi, MD 20783. Repast will follow at Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church Atrium.

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