Angela M. Di Luciano (nee Pronesti), 91, of Elyria, passed away Sunday evening, January 6, 2013, at Avon Oaks Nursing Home, following a long illness. She was born November 21, 1921 and remained in Elyria until her move to Avon Oaks in 2002.
She was a member of the Elyria Women’s Club, where she produced the annual Style Show for many years. She was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church. She graduated from Elyria High School in 1939.
She was woman ahead of her time. In 1947, she worked for Carpenter’s Beauty Salon. She purchased the salon and worked as a hair dresser, bookkeeper, cleaning lady, and receptionist. She operated the entire business by herself. In 1957, she recognized a need for growth and became affiliated with Jo Portaro, a top cosmetologist from Cleveland. She appeared on TV with Jo Portaro on Sunday’s. In 1958 she and Michael Michailides merged their businesses to become Michael-Angela’s Beauty Salon. In 1966 and four shops later, she decided to “sink or swim” and open a salon at Midway Mall. This salon was to be her zenith.
Angela was a visionary and in 1958 designed her own home. She had a master bedroom with a walk-in closet before they existed. She included a family room and a two-sided fire place. She had custom made shelves in her kitchen made of wood that slid out so you could easily reach pots and pans. She remained in her home until her move to Avon Oaks.
Angela’s greatest love was her family. Every Sunday there was pasta at Gimmie’s, as she was affectionately called by her grandchildren. The tradition started with her own mom and continues to this day by her family.
In 1957 she partnered with her sister and introduced her second love to her family, Kelley’s Island. They purchased a 13 room farmhouse, where the entire extended family enjoyed many summer sunsets. It was in the kitchen at Kelley’s Island, that she began the tradition of the marathon pancake breakfast. This tradition also continues.
She is survived by four daughters, Mary Dianne Quinn (Rick) of Elyria, Kathleen Henderson of Elyria, Victoria Brian (Gary) of Cincinnati, Doriayn Schroeder (Steve) of Avon; and one son, Dean Di Luciano of Avon; two brothers, James Pronesti and Joseph Pronesti, both of Elyria; eight grandchildren, Ryan and Kelly Quinn, Koury Henderson, Ali Brian, Karliayn, Cody, and Hallie Schroeder, and Hanna Di Luciano; and five great grandchildren, Liam, Kasey and Kendyl Quinn, and Joey and Natalie Henderson.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Salvatore and Mary Pronesti (nee DeMaria); her beloved husband, Serafin J. Di Luciano on June 28, 1991; three sisters, Mary Gientkowski, Josephine Kaminski and Katherine Gallo; one brother, Frank Pronesti; and one granddaughter, Lauren Elizabeth Brian.
Friends may call at the Reichlin Roberts Funeral Home, 327 Cleveland St., Elyria, Thursday, January 10, 2013, from 4 P.M until 7 P.M. Closing prayers and a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 A.M., Friday, January 11, 2013, at St. Jude Church, 590 Poplar St., Elyria. (Please meet at the church) Father Frank Kosem, Pastor, will be the Celebrant. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Elyria.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lauren Brian Scholarship Fund, SELC Credit Union, 340 Griswold Rd., Elyria, OH 44035.