A Russian proverb says:

“You live

as long

as you are remembered.”



            In June, 1996, Clyde-Savannah senior Michelle Storto received an award in memory of Angela. Michelle competed in track, basketball, and tennis at Clyde-Savannah. She maintained a scholastic average over ninety percent, and was second overall in academic standing for her four years. That fall, Michelle began classes at the University of Buffalo. The 1997 recipient of the Clyde-Savannah award was Danielle White, who remembered how Angela, as her track coach, helped her to improve her shot-put technique. The fact that Angela, so small, and who had never had any training in shot-put, could help someone else's throw, is a tribute to her coaching skill. Danielle went on to the University of Rochester. In June, 1998, Aaron Lemon received the Clyde-Savannah Award. He lettered in football, and recovered from a broken neck to letter in baseball and go on to Johns Hopkins University.

            In 1996, trees were planted in Angela's memory: a variegated maple at Port Byron High School and a flowering crab-apple (perfect for Angela!) at Auburn High School. Another tree was planted at Notre Dame High School. It stands next to the Grotto for Our Lady of Lourdes, which was dedicated by Bishop Mansell on May 13, 1998. It's a beautiful flowering "Malus Adams" tree, and it's so close by the grotto, it's easy to envision that all the candles lit and all the prayers said at the shrine will somehow carry a little prayer for Angela with them. Angela's Aunt Teresa Long and her cousins Shirley and Jack Cowley, and Pauline and Tony DiSarno, had a flowering dogwood planted in her memory, at Angelo's house. Some of Angela's ashes are at its roots.

            Her ashes are also with her Grammy and Grandpa, and on the soccer field at Nazareth; and at Port Byron, Auburn and Notre Dame high schools; and on the beach and in the water at Crystal Beach.

            The Angela Y. Coniglio Memorial Scholarship at Amherst Central High School is presented annually to a Senior girl who reflected Angela's ideals; a strong athletic competitor, and a hard-working student committed to a future in education. The first recipient, in 1997, was Carolyn Walsh, a star softball player who went on to attend Cortland State University. The award is commemorated by a plaque, engraved with a photo of Angela's smiling face, on permanent display in the school's trophy case. The 1998 recipient was Katherine (Katie) Moore, who lettered at Amherst in varsity Softball and varsity Basketball, edited the Tatler student paper, and was chosen 1998 Athlete of the Year.  Katherine studied English and Education at Syracuse University.

            Angela had been instrumental in establishing a Womens' Soccer alumni game at Nazareth. At the April, 1997 game, Coaches Gail Mann and Cindy Stubbe presented our family with a plaque commemorating Angela's dedication and support of the Nazareth soccer program.

            At the Alumni game, senior goalkeeper Erin Jacobs asked for one of Angela's shirts. We sent her Angela's "number 9" shirt, which Erin wore for the 1997 season. The team went undefeated in the regular season (16-0-2), and went to the NCAA championships for the first time ever. On December 7, 1997, commemorating Angela's career record number of assists at Nazareth, Coach Mann presented the Angela Coniglio Assists Award to center - midfielder Missy Kehoskie. Missy, a freshman, had the most assists for the season - nine.

            Angela was a huge Minnesota Vikings fan. In the 1997 NFC playoffs, the Vikings were playing the Giants, losing 19 to 3 at the end of the first half. At half-time, the mailman came, leaving a card from Angela Clark, a former student of Angela's at Notre Dame High School. Inside I found a photograph I had never seen of our Angela, in her classroom, with a Minnesota Vikings poster behind her. We watched the second half of the football game with that photo in hand. The Vikings came back from one of the greatest deficits in league history, to win the game!  Angela Clark is now (2007) Angela Clark Lukas, a Mathematics teacher at St. Amelia School in Tonawanda, and two of her students were Francesca and Gabrielle Sowa, our Angela's cousin Frank's daughters.  Later, Angela's cousin Denise's granddaughters Samantha, Tessa and Arya Tiranno would attend St. Amelia's




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