Aurelio DeAngelis

GENEVA — Aurelio “Rel” DeAngelis, 84, of Geneva, passed away Monday, July 31, 2017, after a brief illness.

He was born Sept 25, 1932, in Cleveland, to Salvatore and Brigida DeAngelis.

The family moved to Geneva when he was 15 to a grape farm, where his present house still sits. After serving in the Navy as a flight mechanic, Rel came back to the family farm to continue raising grapes, which he sold to Welch’s.

He married Mabel Aukerman June 1, 1963. He quickly was outnumbered with three daughters. Rel was a member of the Harpersfield Volunteer Fire Department, a role he enjoyed for many years. He kept in contact with his friends from his youth, known to everyone as The Brewery Boys. He worked for Harpersfield Township before moving to Lubrizol in Wickliffe, where he worked at the road simulator. When he wasn’t farming or working, he indulged Mabel and the girls with their activities, and thus his involvement with Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and horses, just to name a few. While Rel was a quiet man, his love for his siblings, his family and his life were evident in the stories he told.

Rel is survived by daughters, Debbie DeAngelis of Warren, Anna (Mike) Geis of Delta and Renee Noaker of Geneva; grandchildren, Allyson, Megan and Ashley Pierson, Aubrey, Michael and Bradley Geis and Keith Noaker; great-grandchildren, Weston and Kisa; brother, Antonio DeAngelis; and sisters, Mary Montgomery and Barbara Sabelli.

He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; sister, Louise Aponte; and brother, Frank DeAngelis.

The memorial service will be 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13, at the Harpersfield Community Hall.

In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made to the Harpersfield Fire Department. Online condolences may be viewed at

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