Angela DelRusso Cates
Angela DelRusso Cates
  • September 18, 1936 - March 27, 2017
  • New Jersey

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Angela "Angel" Del Russo Cates - Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Aunt, Friend and Matriarch.

The world lost a beautiful, caring and loving "Angel" on 3/27/17. Angela was born in Newark in 1936 and grew up on Ampere Parkway in Bloomfield. She was a graduate of Bloomfield High School class of 1954 and lived most of her life in Bloomfield. She stayed friendly with members of her graduating class especially her close friends the "Cynosures" throughout her life.

She married William Del Russo, Jr. in May of 1956 and had four children. Karen, Linda, Robert and Billy. She raised her family on Ampere Parkway in Bloomfield among her many relatives and the wonderful neighborhood of friends. On that same street lived her dear brother Frank Tobia and her sister-in-law Irene and their family. Although Angel and her brother Frank were separated in childhood because of the death of their mother they were as close as a brother and sister could be throughout their entire lives. Their families were very close too growing up on Ampere Parkway and remain close to this day. The neighborhood they shared was a joyful and wonderful time of life for Angel and her family. She also fondly remembered their summer days packing up the station wagon and heading to the Fernwood Country Club in Roseland, NJ with her children and all the fun times they shared there with her family and many friends. Angel was widowed at the age of 39 when she lost her beloved husband Bill to Hodgkin's disease in February of 1976. She was left to raise her four teenage children by herself. Although this was challenging Angel was very determined to keep her home and raise her children there. Through perseverance, hard work and the grace of God she managed it all. Then approximately two years after her husband's death she suffered a near fatal brain aneurysm. She fought her way back once again and endured brain surgery because she was determined to survive for her children. Her will and enduring spirit enabled her to regain her health back. Her abundant love for her family once again brought her back from the brink. She went back to work and continued raising her family. Along the way she met her second husband Robert Cates. Bob adored Angel and treated her with unconditional love. They were married in 1984 and enjoyed 21 years of marriage. They traveled together around the country visiting many places in the United States and abroad. During their married life Angel moved away from her hometown Bloomfield and settled in Roseland, NJ. She lived there for 17 years before Bob's untimely and unexpected passing in a motor vehicle accident in April of 2006. She was heartbroken but with the support of her family she once again came back from tragedy and kept moving forward in her life. She decided to take her whole family on a cruise in 2009 to celebrate "family". That was a very special and memorable vacation sharing love, laughter and fun times. Angela truly loved her daughters Karen Fossetta and her husband James, her daughter Linda Del Russo, her sons Robert Del Russo and his wife Trish, and William Del Russo and his wife Diane. She was blessed with 7 grandchildren, Todd, Tara, Maria, Billy, Tyler, Anthony and Nicholas. Angel was also a second mother to Sharon Cates Oddy and her husband Rob. She also was a second grandmother to Alivia, Eddie, Rachel, Meghan, and Robbie.

Although Angel had her shares of ups and downs she always felt that she received what she most wanted in life, a loving and close family. Her love of family was the glue that held everything together and kept everyone close. She was fortunate to have the love of our father Bill and her second husband Bob. Both men were truly in love with this very special lady. How many women can say they had the love of two great men in a lifetime? She also had the love of her late brother Frank and close in laws especially Norma, Irene, and Mary. Her lifelong friendship with Maryjane Hadley for nearly 70 years was very special to our mother as well.
She also was the "kid sister" to our Uncle Pat who loved her and cherished her throughout her life and was always there to help when Angel needed him.

Our mother was a class act who always did the very best she could with the resources she had. Sometimes those resources were limited but we never knew it as children because she always put the best possible light on any situation. She was our shining star, our biggest fan, our port in the storms of life, our guide, confidant, mother and rock for the 41 years after our father's passing. She never missed a football game, a wrestling match or any other events her children were involved in. She was truly an amazing person who we were blessed to have in our lives. Our hearts are broken by her passing but her memory will live on in the hearts of her children, grandchildren and all who knew and loved her. God speed our dear mommy, until we meet again.