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SueAnne Kates Bangel
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
I was saddened to read today of the death of SueAnne Kates Bangel, twin sister of Joanne Kates Roos, widow of Bill Bangel (probably Craddock High School Class of @ 1943), and sister-in-law of the late Bill Roos (Bullis Prep School Class of @ 1945), who passed away in Newport News on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at the age of 86.
Mrs. Bangel's family founded and operated Nachman's Department Store in Newport News for many years.
May her memory be for a blessing always.
From the Daily Press - 05/26/17:
SueAnne Kates Bangel
NEWPORT NEWS - SueAnne Kates
Bangel passed away on May 24, 2017.
Born on February 6, 1931 to Rena and Charles Kates, she grew up in Newport News and graduated from Adelphi College in New York.
Her first job was at the family's store, Nachman's Department Store, where she worked in novelties and handkerchiefs. She also attended Toby Coburn Institute for Fashion Careers in New York City.
She worked in several department stores in New York City before returning home to Newport News and marrying William Bangel in 1954.
SueAnne devoted her life to charitable causes. She was involved in the Women's Guild of the Peninsula Orchestra, served as president of the Hampton Roads Section of the National Council of Jewish Women, president of the Newport News Medical Society Women's division, president of the Peninsula Camp Fund, and president of the Temple Sinai Sisterhood. She was founder and first president of the Peninsula Jewish Historical Society.
She moved to Williamsburg in 1979 and she became the first president of the
Women's Auxiliary of the Muscarelle Museum at the College of William and Mary.
She also served on the committee to refurbish the President's House at William
and Mary, and served on the boards of the Peninsula Fine Arts, the Peninsula
Youth Orchestra, and Christopher Newport University.
She received many accolades for her charitable work, including the first Council Woman of the Year award in 1962. She also was awarded the Dr. Emanuel Greenspan Young Leadership Award presented by Jewish Community Council of Newport News in 1970, and the National Conference of Christian and Jews Humanitarian Award in 1980. In 2001, she was awarded Alumni status by the William and Mary Society of Alumni. She was presented the Community Service Award by the Cobbs Hall NS DAR Chapter in 2012, and in 2014, she was awarded the Woman of Valor Award by the United Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula
SueAnne and Bill retired to the Northern Neck area in 1990 and she continued her philanthropic endeavors. She cooked and served meals for the medical staff at the Free Clinic Hospital. She organized an Animal Rescue program in White Stone. Her dogs were certified Therapy Dogs, visiting hospitals, retirement homes, schools, and libraries on the Middle Peninsula. Her program on "The Dogs of War" was ahead of the times.
She is survived by her daughter Eve Bangel Ware and her husband Michael and their daughter Mauri; her daughter Billie Bangel Eisner and her husband Marc and their son, Jacob; her twin sister, Joanne Roos; her sister-in-law, Pat Scher and her husband Stanley, and many nieces and nephews.
Graveside service will be held at Rosenbaum Cemetery on Friday, May 26 at 12:30 pm.
The family will receive visitors at the home of her sister, JoAnne Roos, 217 Anchor Lane, Yorktown, from 3 to 7 pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations be made in SueAnne's
memory to: the Peninsula Jewish Historical Society, 401 City Center Blvd,
Newport News, VA 23606 or the Animal Welfare League, 75 N. Main St., Kilmarnock,
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May 26, 2017
Sorry about your loss. Prayers for your family.
~ Melodye Dobyns, Hampton, Virginia
May 26, 2017
I was her babysitter! A wonderful woman,
role model for me. Always interested in my life and so so kind.
May 26, 2017
May 26, 2017
My Aunt Sue was truly the kindest, most selfless person I have ever known. Her greatest joy in life was taking care of her family and her community. Her love and attention was given equally to people, plants and animals. She gave herself to many worthy pursuits that most people would not have the strength and endurance to manage. Some of the most memorable events of my childhood were spent in her home where she never ceased to make me feel special and loved. When I had children, she showed my children the same interest and care.
In her early years, Aunt Sue conquered many personal challenges. While some people would be bitter or turn callous from hardship, it only seemed to make her more emphatic to the needs of others. She was an example of true altruism. Something this world needs more of.
May the memory of her true spirit give us all inspiration to understand the needs of all the living creatures around us.
~ Linda Roos, Yorktown, Virginia
Our sincerest sympathies are extended to Mrs. Bangel's family and friends at this difficult time.
Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!
Love to all, Carol
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