Angela Marie Chiappelli also known by her stage name, Anjelia Pelay was born on Dec 31st, 1985 and lived all her life in Toms River, New Jersey before her career took her to Los Angeles, California. She was a graduate of Toms River High School East class of 2004. She was also a communicant of Saint Justin’s Church.
She made her name as a contemporary country pop singer described as, “Janis Joplin sings country.” Her songs were songs of strong women with fierce personalities battling unhealthy relationships while simultaneously exposing their vulnerability. Gifted from an early age she was a piano virtuoso at the age of five. She was also an accomplished choreographer who danced from the age of two. This multifaceted multitalented SAG actress appeared on tv shows, commercials, films and concerts. Described as exciting, ethereal, and heartbreakingly talented she was said to have the comedic timing of Goldie Hawn and the heart and warmth that Marilyn Monroe and Judy garland possessed. Joseph Chiappelli, was not only her father but her, muse, as well as the most important influence in her life. Their love of music became a dream realized when they formed their own band together called Anjelia and The Boy. Angela was a bright light in an otherwise dim world who truly touched the lives of everyone she met. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
Angela is pre-deceased by her maternal grandparents Alice Banasiak (nee Rainey), and paternal grandparents Maria Tartaglia and Florido Chiappelli and Father Joseph F. Chiappelli. She is survived by her mother, Mary Chiappelli, her brother Joe, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Visiting hours will be Thursday, Jan. 16th, from 6pm to 9pm, at the Mastapeter Memorial Home, 270 Atlantic City Blvd., Bayville. Funeral Friday, 8:30am at the funeral home or meet at St. Justin’s Church, 975 Fischer Blvd., Toms River to celebrate an 10am Funeral Mass.