West Newbury — Mr. John J. Vangelist, 80 years old, of West Newbury, died Thursday, November 15, 2012, at his home, surrounded by his family. He is the husband of Mrs. Barbara (Morse) Vangelist.
He was born in Lynn, the son of the late Steven and Mary Ann (Hapgood) Vangelist. He was raised in Lynn and attended Lynn schools. Mr. Vangelist lived in Lynn for 30 years, in Peabody for 40 years he also lived in North Carolina for a year and a half and the past year and a half in West Newbury. Many years ago Mr. Vangelist worked for the former Dee’s Adhesive in Lynn, and in September of 1954 he lost both hands in an industrial accident.
Mr. Vangelist was an Army Veteran during the Korean Conflict. He volunteered at the Veterans Administration in Boston and the Disabled American Veterans. He helped returning amputees from the Vietnam War. He was a devoted father and watched his children while his wife was at work. He was also a devoted and loving grandfather.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Jay Vangelist and his wife Andrea of N.C., Rob Vangelist and his wife Gail Twomey-Vangelist of West Newbury; two daughters, Lori Vangelist-Robe’ and her husband Amir of N.C., and Jeanne Vangelist-Welch of Marblehead; his grandchildren, Michael Vangelist and his wife Candace of Woburn, Mathew Vangelist of Melrose, Jonathan Vangelist of Danvers, Nicole Vangelist of West Newbury, Gregory, Amanda and Brian Welch all of Marblehead, Jason and Anthony Vangelist, Alexus Taylor and Maisah Robe’ of N.C.; his great-grandchildren, Brailey, Rachel, Jason Vangelist of N.C., Jackson Welch of Marblehead, Amelia Taylor of N.C. and Joie Vangelist of Woburn.
ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral will be held on Monday, November 19, 2012, at 11 a.m. in the Solimine, Landergan and Richardson Funeral Home, 426 Broadway (Rte. 129), Lynn. Burial in Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours are on Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. The family prefers donations be made to Hospice of the North Shore, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923. Directions and guest book at www.solimine.com.