Angela Tropea, 78, of Galveston, passed away Friday, February 29, 2008, at UTMB Hospital.
Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am, Tuesday, March 4th, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Niall Nolan as Celebrant. Entombment will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery.
The family will receive visitors after 5:00 pm, Monday, March 3rd, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home. A Rosary and Vigil Service will be held at 7:00 pm, led by Deacon John Pistone.
Angela came as an immigrant to America in 1949 from Acitrezza, Sicily, Italy as the young bride of Sebastiano Tropea, and soon became a U.S. citizen. She had two children Alfio and Giovannina. She was one of the four women of the San Giovanni Battista Committee. In 1956 she was responsible for ordering the statue of San Giovanni Battista (a replica of the statue of the one in Arcitrezza, Sicily, Italy), which was made in Bolzono, Italy and shipped here to Galveston, Texas. This statue and its Italian traditions have been celebrated at Sacred Heart Church for the past 50 years on June 24 to celebrate the feast of San Giovanni Battista, who is the patron saint of the town of Arcitrezza. Mrs. Tropea and her husband Sebastian owned and operated S. Tropea Food Store from 1959 – 1981, where all customers were treated as family. S. Tropea Food Store was a Galveston Institution.
S. Tropea Grocery store is included in the book by Ellen Beasley “The Corner Store” which had an exhibit at the National Building Museum in Washington D.C. in 1999. After retiring Angela enjoyed being a member and past officer of the San Giovanni Italian American Association of Galveston, as well as being one of the first original Italian dancers of the Tarantella Dancers for many years. She was best known for cooking delicious Italian meals and had an eye for fashion. She participated in raising funds for various organizations. She most treasured her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Genoveffa and Sebastiano Pappalardo; husband, Sebastian Tropea; sister, Anita Pappalardo; brother, Giovanni Pappalardo; and brother-in-law, Frank Tropea.
Angela is survived by her daughter, Giovannina D’Ambra and husband, Giovanni, of Acitrezza, Sicily, Italy; son, Alfio A. Tropea and wife, Angelina (Angie), of Galveston; sister, Graziella Pappalardo and husband, Giovanni, of Acitrezza, Sicily, Italy; sister-in-law, Lucia Tropea, of Galveston; grandchildren: Sebastian Tropea, Anthony Tropea, Giovanna D’Ambra, Salvo D’Ambra, and Angela Tropea; and numerous nieces and nephews in the Galveston area and in Acitrezza, Sicily, Italy.
Pallbearers will be Alfio Tropea, Frank Tropea, Sebastian Tropea, Anthony Tropea, Sam Caminade, and Robert Simmons. Sam Fichera, Alfio Arcidiacono, Sr., Filippo LoCoco, and Vicenzo Floridia will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Angela’s family wishes to extend special thanks to the nurses and staff of UTMB 9JC – Oncology and Hematology unit for their loving care during Angela’s illness.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.