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On September 27, 2023, Angelo Anthony Meoli passed peacefully from this world to the next surrounded by family and friends in his home at Village Crossing at Worman’s Mill Assisted Living Community in Frederick, Maryland.
Angelo/Ange/Dad/Pop Pop was born on March 10, 1935, in Berwyn, Pennsylvania to Peter and Victoria Meoli. “Sonny” (as nicknamed by his family) was the oldest of three sons. He grew up on Howellville Road with his Italian American family and a slew of aunts, uncles, and cousins. His family owned and managed a general store turned wholesale meat market and business. Ange graduated from Tredyffrin-Easttown High School in 1953 and then ventured north to the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. After graduating in 1957 with a degree in Political Science, Ange pursued graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia before completing a two-year tour with the U.S. Army (serving 18 months as a radio operator in Germany).
In September 1960, he returned to his native Pennsylvania and his first federal government position at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard—continuing what would become 65 years of service to the nation in various capacities.
On June 16, 1962, Ange was married to Mary Marlyn Pasquarello by the late Cardinal John P. Foley who was then a parish priest at Sacred Heart Church in Manoa, Pennsylvania. Soon after he began his true life calling—that of father of five. Ange and Marlyn brought Nicole, Peter, Victoria, Marc, and Andrew into the world. In turn, they and their spouses brought 11 grandchildren into the world.
In 1966, Ange transferred to the Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO) in Suitland, Maryland and began his young family’s life in the Washington Metropolitan Area. He was a key member of the team seeking to create a new agency that would combine the mapping and charting elements of the U.S. Department of Defense. Not only did Ange help create the personnel infrastructure of the Defense Mapping Agency (DMA), but he then helped operationalize the plan by joining DMA in 1972 and spending the next 24 years advising agency directors and senior executives in the subtle science of human resource management. He ended his civil service career by chairing the Human Resources Committee for the creation of another new agency—the much larger National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA). During his career, Ange received several awards and recognition for his outstanding work, including the Defense Mapping Agency Distinguished Civilian Service Award and the National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation.
Ange retired from the federal government in 1996. In addition to subsequently serving for ten years as a contract consultant to several federal agencies, Ange immediately reconnected through various mapping-related alumni groups. The groups were disconnected from the new agency, and he helped organize these independent groups into a more cohesive structure that was more closely tied to the agency. In 1999, he again helped create a new organization—the National Geospatial-Intelligence Alumni Association (NGAA)—serving as president, vice president, and webmaster over the years. Ange remained an active NGAA alum until his death.
Ange was a lifelong volunteer who added many hours to his workday, workweek, and weekend with the goal of making things better for others. Ange was very active in his beloved parish, St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church in Camp Springs, Maryland. In addition to being a lector, he served at one time or another as president of the Home and School Association, chair of the Parish Pastoral Council, chair and member of the Religious Education Committee, chair of the School Advisory Board, and numerous other posts. He also served the Auth Road/Camp Springs Civic Association. He loved “Robert’s Rules of Order” and was a master organizer of volunteer activities of any scope and size for every school, scout troop, and sport program of all five children.
When Ange and Marlyn entered the senior living chapter of their life, Ange continued organizing and leading (although initially he stated that he was not going to leave his apartment and we could not make him—yeah right!). It was the Resident Council, Catholic Community, and Train Club at Heartlands Senior Living Community in Ellicott City, Maryland and the Men’s Club, Catholic Community, and Theatre Group at Arbor Terrace Fulton Assisted Living Community in Fulton, Maryland. While health challenges reared their ugly head shortly after he became the first resident to move into the Village Crossing at Worman’s Mill Assisted Living Community in Frederick, Maryland in April 2023, he was affectionately known as the “Mayor of Village Crossing” because he took everyone under his wing and led the way as many navigated the senior living experience for the very first time.
In addition to working on his computer, Ange enjoyed reading, beading, acting, playing Jeopardy and every word game known to woman and man, going to exercise class, listening to music, facetiming/zooming/texting/GIFing with family and friends, and “solving the world’s problems” with his fellow Village Crossing residents at the fireplace.
Ange is survived by his children Nicole (Hilary Hershey) Meoli, Peter (Donna) Meoli, Victoria (Cliff) Luber, Marc (Emily) Meoli, and Andrew (Libby) Meoli, his grandchildren Anthony Meoli, Daniel Meoli, Christian Meoli, Clifton Luber, Mary Maxine Luber, Victoria Meoli, Joshua Meoli, Alexander Meoli, Gabriel Meoli-Packard, Matteo Meoli, and Luca Meoli, and his grandchildren by extension Justine Hillman (Anthony), Laura Barela (Clifton), Abby Schneider (Joshua), and Annie Jones (Gabriel). He is also survived by his brother, Peter (Patricia) Meoli and a host of extended family and friends.
Ange was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years Marlyn, his parents Peter and Victoria Meoli, and his brother Dominic Meoli.
Ange’s immediate family invites all who knew and loved Ange to join them at the services outlined below. In addition, both the Funeral Mass and Interment will be livestreamed (available virtually) as follows:
Funeral Mass – Wednesday, October 4, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. ET
Interment – Thursday, October 5, 2023, at 12:00 p.m. ET
These organizations were near and dear to Ange’s heart.
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