Angelina D’Alessandro, 97, of Scottsdale, Arizona, passed away Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at the home of her daughter, Theresa Ann (D’Alessandro) Anzalotti, and her son-in-law, Mario Michael Anzalotti, Jr. of Cave Creek, Arizona. She was born in Jersey City, New Jersey to the late Salvatore and Theresa (Spinelli) Vitale. She was the sixth of seven children. While attending high school, she earned certificates for Gregg Shorthand and Transcription: one for 60 words a minute – having written for five minutes at 60 words a minute and having transcribed the notes neatly and accurately on a manual typewriter. She also has certificates for 80 and 100 words a minute for five minutes. She was the only girl from her high school who was asked to enter the Annual Shorthand Contest of the New York City Gregg Shorthand Teachers’ Association in 1934. There she received a certificate for having submitted a satisfactory transcription of dictation given at 80 words a minute. At the age of 17, she was the first girl in her neighborhood to learn how to drive. Her first job was working at Hudson Photo Studio in Jersey City, where she did all the office work for the two owners as well as taking care of customers and taking pictures. Her next job was working at a sewing factory. While working there, she met her late husband, Angelo, in the neighborhood where they lived. After they were married, she worked with him at Western Electric for about a year, after which she worked at another Photo Studio until she decided to stop working after having her daughter. She volunteered in both the Queen of Peace Grammar and High School libraries in North Arlington, New Jersey. She was a Girl Scout Leader. She also helped the nuns with various projects, and she taught one of the nuns how to drive. In return, she received thank you cards and gifts from them. Once her daughter was a senior in high school, she went back to work. She was employed at Rich’s Curtains in North Arlington, New Jersey. She helped with increased sales by offering to hem curtains and drapes for her boss. In 1979, she relocated to Arizona with her husband and daughter. Initially, she went to Blessed Sacrament but then became a parishioner at St. Joan of Arc because the Parish was closer to her home. She served as an Usher for many years. She was an avid reader and loved to sew. In 1980, she decided to go back to work and was employed at what was then Goldwaters. She worked there until the early 90’s. While working there, Goldwaters became Robinson’s and then Robinsons-May. She worked in Linens, Lingerie, and Women’s Dresses and was a top sales person and received a gold saguaro pendant with a diamond. Each year thereafter she received another diamond on the saguaro for a total of 8 diamonds. During one of the breakfast celebrations one year, she met Richard Simmons.
After leaving Robinsons-May, Angelina and Angelo found a favorite past time—going to Laughlin on Mondays. They went there for many years, until Angelo’s kidneys began failing and then they went closer to home—the Gila River Casino, which she continued going to on Tuesdays and Fridays until she was no longer able to drive to take the shuttle bus to the Casino.
Visitation will be held at Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church, 11300 N. 64th Street, Scottsdale, Arizona on June 7, 2016 at 10 a.m. followed by a Memorial Mass at 11 a.m. and then the Interment at Hansen Desert Hills Mortuary and Memorial Park, 6500 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale, Arizona.Print Obituary & Condolences