John Giovanni Angelini

November 8, 1921 ~ May 10, 2020 (age 98)


Johnny (Giovanni) Angelini, 98, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 10, 2020.  He was born on November 8, 1921 to Pietro and Ottavia Angelini in Georgetown, Washington and was the fourth of seven children.  He attended St. George elementary school and Cleveland H.S.  Johnny attended the University of Montana his freshman year of college but was a true UW Husky fan his whole life, being a season ticket holder for the football team for many years.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ann, his parents Pietro & Ottavia, and his siblings Renata Angelini, Benny Angelini, Minnie Jackson, Albert Angelini, Anne Moran, and Eva Aleman.

Johnny was very proud of the years he served in the US Coast Guard during WWII, and enjoyed visiting all the different ports during his service, meeting many friends who he stayed in touch with up until he passed away.  After the war he came home and started his career at the Boeing Company.  On weekdays he worked, but on the weekends he could always be found on the dance floor at the Chancellor’s Club in downtown Seattle.  All the girls would line up to get a chance to dance with Johnny, “the best dancer on the dance floor”. He even had a trophy on his shelf to prove it - “World’s Best Dancer”.

On July 21, 1962 Johnny married the woman of his dreams, MaryAnn McQuillian. They enjoyed many happy years together, and although they never had children of their own, they spent many weekends entertaining their numerous nieces and nephews at their place in Chelan. 

Later in life Johnny took up running and participated in the Seattle Marathon.  He also enjoyed hiking and climbing, eventually summiting the five highest peaks in Washington - Mt. Rainer, Mt. Baker, Mt. Adams, Glacier Peak, and Mt. St. Helens.  He also enjoyed going on trips to Reno and Las Vegas with his siblings and playing black jack at the card tables.  He believed in investing in the stock market and helped create an investment club with friends that eventually made it to the Millionaire’s Club.

In his later years you could always find Johnny reading or watching a good movie.  He was an avid reader and loved a good book, but focused a lot of his time on wartime novels.  He had a fantastic memory and was a great historian, sharing many stories of his youthful days, as well as his time in the service.  He loved his Italian heritage and was the last of his generation. Johnny was loved by all his nieces and nephews and will be dearly missed.  The memories we have of our uncle will live forever in our hearts and we are at piece knowing he is back at home with his family in heaven.

There was a family graveside ceremony at Gethsemane Cemetery, 37600 Pacific Hwy S, Federal Way, WA 98003 on May 20. 2020.   In lieu of flowers, a donation to St Edward’s Catholic Church, for their St. Vincent De Paul Society, would be greatly appreciated.

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