Meriden – Angel Luis Chaparro, 60, husband of 33 years to Nivea L. (Gonzalez) Chaparro, died on Monday, April 12, 2010 at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, surrounded by his loving family. He was born December 22, 1949 in Aguada, Puerto Rico, son of the late Clotilde Chaparro Rivera and Concepcion Galloza Orama. He was a proud U.S. Army veteran, and was wounded in combat in the Vietnam War, receiving the Purple Heart and numerous other medals for his service and valor. He retired from Atlas Container, formerly Westvaco and Weyerhauser, after 33 years of service. Angel was an avid Yankees fan and loved music, walking, and the outdoors. In addition to his wife Nivea, he is survived by daughters Deanna Lee Chaparro and Amaris Lysette Chaparro and her husband Brendan Kelleher, all of Meriden, as well as his siblings and their spouses, Pablo and Saul Chaparro, Carmen and Ramon Galloza, Milagros and Ramon Ruiz, Miguel and Maria Chaparro, Maria Inez and Samuel Valentin, Sara and Hector Ruiz, Carlos and Olga Chaparro, Maritza Chaparro, and Ana Chaparro all of Aguada, Puerto Rico. He is also survived by his mother-in-law Nieves Gonzalez of Meriden, two brothers-in-law and their wives, Jose and Rosa Gonzalez of New Britain and Alberto and Evelyn Gonzalez of Middletown, as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Ismael Chaparro and his father-in-law Jose Gonzalez. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday, April 16, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Church, West Main St., Meriden. Burial will follow at Walnut Grove Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call at the Beecher & Bennett-Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden on Thursday, April 15 from 4-8 p.m.

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  1. Es tan raro saber que ya no estas, si hace tan solo 2 semanas te estabamos visitando. Siempre te recordaremos y ahora tendremos un angel en el cielo velando por nosotros y que casualidad que se llama Angel tambien. Siempre voy a recordar cuando viniste a traer un pie a casa y Nyara te hizo sentarte en su sillita, y por supuesto la complaciste. Y Anguie siempre recuerda tus historias de juventud. Fue un regalo de Dios haberte conocido. Que Dios te guarde y le de fortaleza a tu familia en estos momentos de dolor. Besos y abrazos, de parte de la familia Gonzalez Ramos.

  2. I had the pleasure of working with Angel for the 25 years I’ve been at Westvaco, Weyerhaeuser, and Atlas. He was a true gentleman always ready with a smile and a wave. My sincere condolences to his family and friends. He will be missed.

  3. May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared, comfort you now and in the days ahead. Our hearts go out to you in your time of sorrow.

  4. Please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of your father and brother Angel. My the Lord bless your family in this time of grief.

  5. Angel was not just a good guy but he was always the ultimate gentleman. I enjoyed his sense of humor. I hope he is in peace in Yankee heaven. gp

  6. My daughter and Angels’s daugter Amaris grew up, did cheerleading, and did gymnastics together. I enjoyed Angel and his family’s company at the many football games and cheerleading contests. In the neighborhood Angel and I would often stop and talk at length when we were both walking our dogs. It was always a joy to bump into Angel when I would see him out walking, because he was such a pleasant and upbeat guy. I don’t think I’ve ever seen him annoyed or say a negative thing ever; he was such a nice man that we all could learn from. We already miss you. God bless you Angel, and condolences to your wonderful family.

  7. To Deanna My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. I will keep you all in my prayers. Raeleen Brown-McMillan

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