July 8, 2012. Angela Raiola, known as “Big Ang,” and her dog Little Louie arrive to the premiere of her VH1 reality show “Big Ang” in New York. (The Associated Press)
Funeral and memorial service details have been set for Angela “Big Ang” Raiola, who died on Thursday after a long battle with cancer.
The Scarpaci Funeral Home in Brooklyn, New York will host four visitations for the VH1 reality star on Saturday and Sunday before a formal memorial service at Basilica of Regina Pacis on Monday morning.
After the services, Big Ang will be laid to rest at Resurrection Cemetery in her native Staten Island. Family, friends and fans have already begun posting memories and messages to the reality star on her memorial web page.
“My condolences to Ang’s family and friends,” wrote one fan. “She was our favorite on “Mob Wives”with her beautiful gentle smile and infectious laugh!! May you rest in paradise Big Ang!! Thank you for all the laughs you gave my family.”
“You couldn’t take Big Ang’s bigness from her — she earned that name with 55 years of hard living and doing what she thought needed to be done,” Oz said with a smile. “But, she was somber. I think when you look back on your life and you realize there’s things you could have done differently, you also appreciate that because of the cards you were dealt, you may not have all the options. You might not have the opportunity to see your grandkids grow up. You may not have the opportunity to see all your children be the people they can become — it’s painful. I think there was a bit of remorse that I sensed from her throughout these conversations.”
Dr. Oz also said one of the main reasons Raiola came on the show during her final months was to warn the public about the dangers of smoking cigarettes.
“I think the big legacy she’s leaving us, the big reason she came on the show, was to make sure everyone knew that cigarettes had taken her life,” he added. “She started young, like so many, but like so many, by the time she realized she didn’t want to smoke anymore, it was too late to stop — at least she felt that way.”