Angelina “Angie” Marie Balistreri (Manzella) was born in North Beach, San Francisco, to Paolo and Angela (Pizzo) Manzella. Paolo was a fisherman in San Francisco Bay and both Paolo and Angela were immigrants from Sant' Elia, Sicily. Angelina was the oldest of three siblings. She spent her early years in North Beach and graduated from Galileo High School. After high school, Angelina worked at the Palace Theater and Simmons Mattress Company.
On June 7, 1952, Angelina married Giuseppe “Joe” Balistreri, her husband of 65 years, at Saints Peter and Paul Church in San Francisco. They had two children, Andrew and Anna, who were raised in North Beach until the family moved to Union City in 1966. Angelina was a loving and devoted wife and mother. She worked as a yard supervisor at a nearby school so that she could continue to be home for her children. In 1974, her brother and sister-in-law, John and Lola Manzella, opened a restaurant and Angie helped with clerical work in the office for the next 20 years. Her children grew up, were married, and then she became a loving mother-in-law, grandmother and great grandmother.
Angie was an active member of the Madonna Addolarata for many years and enjoyed attending their gatherings. In addition to spending time with her family and friends, she enjoyed homemaking, cooking, and embroidery. She was proud of her Sicilian and North Beach heritage and enjoyed cooking and eating Italian delicacies. Some of her favorites were tiramisu, cannoli and raviolis.
During the last few years with the decline of Angie and Joe’s health, the family has been fortunate to be able to keep them in their own home thanks to the dedicated efforts and care from their live-in caregiver, Maria Balistreri. Maria is the widow of Joe’s third brother, Gaetano “Tom” Balistreri and has been taking care of both of them since January 2014. During that time Maria developed a much closer bond with Angie and Joe and was saddened when Angie had to be admitted into a facility. Maria remains dedicated to the care of her brother-in-law, Joe, backed by the support of his family, and vows to do so for as long as she can despite her young age of 74. Her family truly appreciates their aunt, Lola who spent many days by her bedside as well as the dedicated team of caregivers of Vitas Hospice, Baywood Court, and many others.
Angie is survived by her loving family including her husband, Giuseppe Balistreri; her son Andrew Balistreri (Mary) and daughter, Anna Reay (Jonathan); her grandchildren, Christopher Reay, Michael Reay (Jessica), Joseph Balistreri (Melissa), Daniel Reay, Christina Balistreri and Tommy Balistreri; great grandchildren, Andy Balistreri, Charlotte Reay and Axel Balistreri; her sister, Bertha Marie Palmer; sister-in-law, Lola Manzella; and many in-laws, nieces, nephews, other family and friends.
Angie is preceded in death by her parents, Paolo and Angela (Pizzo) Manzella; as well as her brother, John Paul Manzella; brother-in-law, Roy Palmer; and other family members.
She will be greatly missed by all the people whose lives she has touched.
On February 1, 2018, a visitation and Rosary will be held at Halsted N. Gray - Carew & English, San Francisco. Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. and Rosary at 7 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held on February 2, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at Saints Peter and Paul Church, 666 Filbert St., San Francisco. Burial and reception to follow at Italian Cemetery, Colma
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Guide Dogs for the Blind or Vitas Hospice. The causes of these organizations have touched Angie and her family in very personal ways.