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Emily Angel

Obituary for Emily Angel

January 2, 1992 - March 5, 2021
Cleveland, Ohio | Age 29

Loving Daughter, Sister, Granddaughter, Niece, Cousin, Friend


EMILY ANN ANGEL, age 29, of Cleveland, formerly of Avon Lake, Ohio, died suddenly early March, a result of a drug overdose after a little over a year of sobriety. She leaves behind her mother, Lesley-Amber Kwallek, her father, Paul Angel and younger sister, Shelby. She was the granddaughter of Les and Ingrid Kwallek and Ralph and Sandra Angel. Niece to Jim and Julie Angel of Champaign, IL and several great aunts and uncles as well as cousins.

Emily went to high school in Avon Lake and got her GED in 2010. While she earned a scholarship to go to Kent State, she took some college courses at LCCC and was enrolled at Tri-C when she passed. Emily struggled with addiction for over 10 years with many attempts at treatment before finally establishing a solid foundation of sobriety. For the past year, she was highly active in AA. This was especially challenging during the pandemic for her, as she and many others missed the support of in person meetings. She adjusted and participated and formed Zoom meetings that she was involved in nearly every day. She grew and healed in AA, leading meetings and ultimately sponsoring other women like herself. The people she met through rehab, sober living and AA were extremely important to her life and helped her so much on a difficult journey to sobriety and a better life before she ultimately succumbed to this horrible disease.

Her family is comforted by having this last year together to rebuild her life and relationships and knowing that she helped many others as well. Emily had grown to enjoy being outdoors and was an avid hiker on the Metroparks trails around Cleveland and more recently Dayton. She had gotten new hiking boots and would post photos after each new adventure and had plans to do many more hikes with her sister. She was learning to cook and was building a notebook of recipes from her grandmother and from online that she perfected with her dad as a willing collaborator. Emily and her mom shared their love of books, quotes and meditations. She was back in school taking an English class, which she was excelling in and was supposed to start a new job the same week she passed. She was an avid reader and wrote in her journal as well as listened to NPR, she was always ready to talk about current events. She had a knack for recommending great movies and music. But most of all, she loved being with her friends and family, especially her sister.

The people she met in AA, notably the women in her core group, meant so much to her and her family cannot express how grateful we are of their support to her. The gift of the last year would not have been possible without them and her greatest wish was for all of them to be successful. Emily was always a shy, quiet girl but had grown so much this past year. She was intelligent, talented, fun to be with and had a quick wit about her that always had you laughing. She cared so much for her family and friends. While addiction may have taken away her life, she will always be in our hearts.

Private family services have been held. In lieu of flowers memorial donations are suggested in Emily's name to Stella Marius, 1320 Washington Ave., Cleveland, 44113. 440.933.3202

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