Lillian P. Vangel, 97, beloved wife of Nicholas Q. Vangel who predeceased her on August 10, 2008, passed away on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at Heritage Hall South in Agawam, MA. Lillian was born on December 3, 1921 in Lewiston, ME, daughter of Evangelos and Mary (Zguro) Pashko. She was raised and educated in Lewiston, ME before becoming a longtime resident of both Belchertown and Springfield. Lillian was a longtime member of the Albanian Orthodox Church of Southbridge, MA. During the Korean War, she worked for the Springfield Armory and later was employed for several years by Springfield Public Schools as a lunch mother and a teacher’s aide. Her family and the neighborhood kids were blessed for knowing Lillian. She was a generous and loving soul who always welcomed her family and her sons’ friends into her home for a delicious home-cooked meal. Lillian was a very meticulous and hardworking woman who loved life. She enjoyed dancing with her husband and traveling with him to beautiful locations. She was an avid reader and enjoyed completing crossword puzzles in the daily Springfield newspaper and in her favorite magazines. She was also a member of a women’s bowling league at the “X” Bowling Lanes in Springfield for many years. In addition to her parents and husband, she was also predeceased by her sister Olga, brothers George, James, Thomas, Nicholas, and Peter Pashko. She leaves behind her loving sons, Timothy Vangel and his wife Calita of Blackhawk, CO, Peter Vangel and his wife Iva of South Hadley, and Norman Vangel and his wife Katherine of Springfield. She also leaves behind her sister Sophia Barlow of West Springfield. A private funeral service will be held for Lillian at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Springfield. Her committal prayers and burial will follow at the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Agawam. Memorial donations in Lillian’s memory may be made to Heritage Hall South Nursing Home, 65 Cooper St., Agawam, MA 01001.
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