Dana was born on May 24, 1969 in Providence, RI. She was born into a large Italian family. Dana was a happy child and her mother wanted 5 more just like her. At 2 years old her father got transferred to Milan, Italy and she and her mother went with him for 6 months. Shortly after returning from Italy they built a house on Papa D’Angelo’s property next door to Uncle John’s house.
During elementary school she demonstrated her intelligence by helping other kids in her class. She had compassion for those children who were less fortunate than her. At 16 her parents got a divorce, and her father bought her a Trans AM which made her one of the “popular” girls. After high school she decided she wanted to be a teacher and enrolled at Rhode Island College. Around this time her mother moved to California and Dana followed soon after. Se lived with her mother and stepfather until she had a baby girl in 2002. In 2004 her son was born. She adored her children and did her best to give them a good life which included asking her mother and stepfather to bring them up.
During this time her anxiety became worse and she came under a doctor’s care. Then she was diagnosed with hepatitis C. Dana decided to take the treatment which made her very sick, but she completed it. Then she discovered she had diabetes, so she went on a program to lose weight and exercise. Just recently she found out that she had beat diabetes. And after waiting several years for Section 8 she was finally approved. She had a great sense of humor.
She had just moved into a small apartment in El Cajon. Because the weather was so hot, she walked her little Papillon mix at night. Noodles was her constant companion form the day she got him. He was her emotional support animal and he also died during the accident that took her.
The memorial was at Oak Hill Cemetery in Escondido where she is buried. She is survived by her mother Mura D’Angelo, father Nick D’Angelo, Step parents Gary Romano and Sandra D’Angelo, and her children Nick and Cierra.
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