KENSINGTON - Angeline (Zappulla) Procopion Rogala of Kensington died peacefully on March 1, 2014. She was born on February 16, 1924 in New Britain, CT, the second child of Luigi and Antoinette (Sequenzia) Zappulla, Sicilian immigrants who had come through Ellis Island at the turn of the last century. She was the widow of Stephen S. Rogala, to whom she was married for 32 years, and the mother of Lois Procopion of East Berlin, CT, and grandmother to Sarah Sayko and her husband, Joshua of Washington, DC, and Ryan Szczepanik of Pleasant Hill, CA.
She retired from the Fafnir Bearing Company in 1982 after having been employed there for 35 years. She had a deep commitment to her loving daughter and to her two beloved grandchildren. She attended their every concert, play, sporting event and awards ceremony, and celebrated their great professional accomplishments. She was so proud of her grandchildren, Sarah, a doctoral student, and her grandson, Ryan, a lawyer, especially because she herself left New Britain High School in 11th grade to help support her family during the Great Depression. She loved the power of music as it gave her wings to fly away from the challenges of everyday life. She will be deeply missed at family gatherings and in all of the community settings in which she participated so enthusiastically for so many years.
In addition to her daughter and grandchildren, she leaves a sister, Anne Davidian, a brother and sister-in-law, Steven and Beatrice Zappulla, and two nieces and two nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Annís Church, 101 North Street, New Britain, CT. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the American School for the Deaf, 139 North Main Street, West Hartford, CT 06107.