Sr. Angelina Cavallaro, CSJ (99) died peacefully on June 27, 2022 at Mount St. Joseph in Wheeling, WV. She was lovingly attended by her sisters in community and staff.
Sr. Angelina was preceded in death by her parents, Vincenzo and Maria Rose Cavallaro, her brothers Charles, Nicholas, Ernest, Ray and her sister, Violet. She is survived by her sister, Louise (Thomas) Martin and numerous nieces, nephews and their children.
Sister Angelina Cavallaro was born May 31, 1923 and entered the Congregation of St. Joseph from her home parish of St. Francis Borgia in Anmoore, West Virginia, on August 15, 1941. Following her novitiate experience, she professed her vows on St. Joseph’s day in 1944. Sister received a B.S.Ed. degree in elementary education from Duquesne University and an M.S.Ed. degree in special education from St. Louis University.
As a teacher, Sister Angelina served first in diocesan elementary schools: St. Agnes in Charleston; St. Peter School and St. Joseph Villa Kindergarten in Fairmont; St. Francis Xavier in Moundsville; and Blessed Martin in Wheeling. She also served as house parent and teacher at St. Vincent Home for Girls in Wheeling. From 1961 until 1969 she provided a Special Education Class for special needs students in Wheeling and neighboring cities. From 1969-1979, she served as a faculty member in the Department of Education at West Liberty State College. Following preparation and certification in clinical pastoral education, Sister Angelina embarked on a new career in pastoral ministry in 1979. Until her retirement to Mount St. Joseph in 1997, she served the pastoral needs of patients and families at St. Francis Hospital in Charleston, United Hospital Center in Clarksburg, and St. Joseph Hospital in Parkersburg. She was active in prayer ministry at Mount St. Joseph. Sr. Angelina expressed deep gratitude to her family, her community and especially to God for all her life’s blessings.
Due to continuing Covid restrictions at Mount St. Joseph, Sr. Angelina’s funeral services will be open to her family members and her religious community only. The Vigil service will be live streamed on Thursday, June 30 at 7:00 pm and the Funeral Liturgy will be live streamed on Friday, July 1 at 11 am. A link to view the live stream will be made available on this page.
My deepest sympathy to Sr Angelina’s family , especially Louise and Tommy Martin, and to the CSJ Sisters.
I came to know Angelina through my late husband, Joseph (Jody) DeBias. She was such a kind and loving person. She would call Jody and me during his long illness, and we enjoyed and appreciated her calls. Even after Jody’s passing, we remained in touch.
Through Jody, I had the good fortune of getting to know Angelina’s sister, Louise, and her husband, Tommy Martin. I still remember their loving and generous hospitality. It runs in the family.
Eternal Peace to Angelina! It was a blessing to have known her.
One of Sister Angelina’s former students a
Sr. Angelina was a gift of love for our world. I remember her kindness, gentleness, and loving presence and am ever grateful for her loving support through some challenging times in my life. Blessings of comfort and peace to all who loved her.
Sr. Angelina Cavallaro was always a pleasure to see when she came to the office I work in. She was so kind and soft spoken. She had such a warmth to her that you knew she had a gentle soul and a special spirit within her! Heaven has gained an angel ! You will be missed!
Sr. Angelina Cavallaro was my kindergarten teacher in the early 1950’s. She was much loved by me and I am sorry she is no longer on the earth but all around us. My condolences to the Sisters of St. Joseph and her family.
To the Congregation of Saint Joseph and Sister Angelina’s Family,
My life had been enriched to have known Sr. Angelina from the time I met her as a dear neighbor in Clarksburg back in 1984.
My last visit with Angelina was in February of 2020 when I was able to take two of my second-cousins to visit at the Mount. Kathy and Bobby had been students on Wheeling Island in the Special Needs School. As she enjoyed her afternoon tea we spoke of our matters of the heart past and present.
I hold you all in prayer and anticipate participating in her services via the live-streaming.
Sincerely, Stan – Kissimmee, Florida