Red Cup Espresso owner Angelia Paulsen killed in I-5 crash


EVENING UPDATE: Please see other coverage higher up the WSB home page (here and here) for additional info; we did, however, just add the photos seen above, sent by friend Krissi. AFTERNOON UPDATE: Just checked the Red Cup door; the service for Angelia Paulsen is this Friday morning, 11 am @ St. Stephen the Martyr Church in Renton. Here’s the note that’s on the door:


ORIGINAL 9:23 AM REPORT: Meredith just e-mailed to say that Red Cup Espresso in The Junction is closed and a note on the door says its owner has died. 9:28 AM UPDATE: Another reader e-mail says the owner died in a traffic accident yesterday morning and services are this Friday. 9:40 AM UPDATE: Washington State Patrol public information officer Trooper Jeff Merrill just confirmed to WSB that 36-year-old Angelia Paulsen, Red Cup’s owner, is the woman killed when her car crashed on I-5 in South Seattle early yesterday. Citywide media covered that crash; thanks to “k” for finding a short mention in the middle of this Times “digest.”

146 Replies to "Red Cup Espresso owner Angelia Paulsen killed in I-5 crash"

  • k January 8, 2008 (9:41 am)

    on no! that is terribly said news! they were such nice people! please report any news that you find out as i know you will. very sad.

  • deb January 8, 2008 (10:30 am)

    Oh my god. That is horrible, horrible news. I used to go to Red Cup every morning without fail (until I started working for a company that has an on-site espresso setup), and I still visit them frequently on weekends.

    My thoughts go out to the other Red Cup employees and to Angelina’s family and friends. She used to be the bright spot in my morning routine, and I’m sure that countless other West Seattleites feel the same way.

    This is just tragic. I was so sad to read this post.

  • Hills January 8, 2008 (10:49 am)

    Was Angelia the woman who worked most mornings w/ the long hair and the kind of ‘thin’ (borderline throaty? raspy?) voice?? Wasn’t ever sure if she was the owner…how sad.

  • Bobo January 8, 2008 (11:34 am)

    oh how horrible!!!

  • misty January 8, 2008 (11:39 am)

    Yes, Hills…you’re thinking of the right person. Angie was a wonderful person who brightened my day everyday. And, Christopher, please don’t look for the “lesson learned” right now…..the pain is way too strong and raw right now for those of us who knew and loved Angie.

  • jb January 8, 2008 (11:39 am)

    Tragic. Makes me sad. I love that place. She was always friendly, happy, and in a good mood. I love to give Red Cup my business — they are the little guy AND they make a great latte. I hope I they will find a way to stay in business. My thoughts are with her family.

  • k January 8, 2008 (11:48 am)

    A tremendous loss for for all her family, friends, and patrons. My heart goes out to everyone. I still cannot believe this is true. Misty, I agree with you. This isn’t a time for a lesson, but for grief. When anyone knows the details of services, please post them. Thank you.

  • Carrie B. January 8, 2008 (12:03 pm)

    For last 2 1/2 years my daughter and I have gotten our morning coffee and lollipop from Angie. At first we went to the Red Cup out of convenience, but it didn’t take long before I considered Angie a friend and looked forward to seeing her each morning. We would compare notes about our kids and just talk about whatever was on our minds. I often felt bad for the customers behind us in line because our conversations didn’t always end once I had my coffee in hand. I was so shocked and saddened to learn it was Angie in that accident. West Seattle lost one of their best last night. She will be missed.

  • misty January 8, 2008 (12:06 pm)

    The details of the services are on the door of the coffee shop but I didn’t write them down yet. I know that it’s going to be held this friday morning in renton. Sorry don’t have the other details.

  • I Heart Jiggers January 8, 2008 (12:17 pm)

    Oh Angie! You have no idea, will never know, how many of us considered you as family, someone who touched our lives daily. If any information comes thru on how to offer support to Angie’s son, please post. Flowers just aren’t enough.

  • Stacey Fuda January 8, 2008 (12:32 pm)

    Very Sad! I know they worked VERY hard for this business. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and everyone who knew her. She will definitly be missed.

  • Bonnie January 8, 2008 (12:39 pm)

    I have never been to the Red Cup Espresso but feel very sad for the loss of the owner.

  • vicki burr-chellin January 8, 2008 (1:01 pm)

    Judy and I are very sad to lose our neighbor. I noticed this morning out our kitchen that Red Cup was closed….very very rare and worthy of a conversation about it. Judy hoped she was not heading up here from Olympia and the snow slowed her down.
    I will check the door for details much later this evening and share here if still needed.
    So sorry of this loss to all.

  • R January 8, 2008 (1:08 pm)

    My husband and I once ordered only to realize that we didn’t have cash in hand.

    I was searching for a card and she said it was on her.

    That made my morning – made my day.

    I’ll be sure to pass the goodwill on.

  • aje January 8, 2008 (1:23 pm)

    oh this is just awful. she was such a nice person. thoughts and love to her family and friends at this difficult time. :(

  • T. Dart January 8, 2008 (1:29 pm)

    Another dear West-Seattlite who will be truly missed. I too realized I didn’t have cash on me one day while I was in line for coffee – and asked if I could write a check…Angie told me not to worry about it – and I paid her for it the next day! This is what West Seattle is all about – neighbor helping neighbor. Business owners treating customers as friends & family – not just a way to earn another buck. I hope Angie’s family feels the arms of the West Seattle community wrapped around them during this very sad time.

  • shay January 8, 2008 (1:55 pm)

    I can’t believe this…I frequent the drive-thru often, especially with my child in her car seat, and Angie ALWAYS engaged me in wonderful conversation. She was so accomodating and her energy was incredibly positive. I didn’t know her very well, but it breaks my heart to hear that she’s gone and that her family is left without her. She always spoke of her child and was such a proud momma. My condolences to all….

  • OP January 8, 2008 (2:03 pm)

    That’s really too bad and very sad. My wife enjoyed getting her coffee there (before she became pregnant) and I remember Angelia as being very kind and upbeat woman. Prayers out to her, and especially her family.

    (Report said she wasn’t wearing a seatbelt. Wear your seatbelt, folks. Always.)

  • Cami January 8, 2008 (2:10 pm)

    Sean, if you read this, Brad, Buick and I have you in our thoughts, and Julian, too. We will never forget spending time with you and Angie at Assaggio all those years ago. I had the opportunity to talk to Angie at the beach this summer after not seeing both of you for so long. I’m so sorry for you and your family. You will be in our thoughts.

  • deb January 8, 2008 (2:19 pm)

    Sorry for misspelling Angelia’s name in my earlier comment. If there’s any time to get a person’s name spelled correctly, it’s now. :(

  • kathy January 8, 2008 (2:22 pm)

    One of my treats I give myself periodically is going to Red Cup in the morning for coffee — and the highlight of it was chatting with Angie. She was so warm and geniune. My condolences to all her family and friends.

  • charla January 8, 2008 (2:35 pm)

    This is just so horribly sad. My husband, Bob, and I went through the drive-through almost daily until we gave up coffee. Then we made excuses to go there to get tea. Angie made mornings bearable. She gave dog biscuits to our big dog, Max, whose tail always wagged a little faster when we drove away. We especially made a point of going there last summer, when the road was torn up and business was slower. When someone knows of memorial donations, please post.

  • Amanda Deardorff January 8, 2008 (2:44 pm)

    I am in shock!! I was driving on 1-5 north and saw the accident happen. I had this horriable feeling and could not sleep all night. My thoughts go out to the family.i have been a loyal customer for years. Her bright face and posative attitude will be missed.

  • Mary T January 8, 2008 (2:45 pm)

    Oh, no! That’s awful. I hope they do reopen; we would like to support them (we move to WS on Saturday).

  • Dawn January 8, 2008 (2:53 pm)

    oh my gawd.. this is such tragic news… she brightened every single day.. with her excitment to see me… she is such an amazing giver of smiles, love and a word of encouragement and /or advice… im still in shock i wont be seeing her anymore Sean and Jillian, u are very much in my thoughts and prayers!!!

  • c January 8, 2008 (4:28 pm)

    What a total tragedy. She will be missed. Her smile, conversation and personality made my day many times.

  • sacha hill January 8, 2008 (4:28 pm)

    Angelia and her husband Sean went to Kennedy H. school together.I remember freshman yr. staying over at her house.We had so much fun.She was a cheer leader with the best legs in the world.And a Heart and personality to match.I ran into her at Alki Beach
    a couple yrs. ago she was as sweet as ever .She will
    surely be missed.Sean Im so sorry for you and youre son.We,Amanda and would love to be at the funeral.To pay our respects.

  • Shanna Patrick January 8, 2008 (4:38 pm)

    Yes, Angelia Maria will be missed.
    I have known her since she was born.
    “Angeloyde” as I called her was the youngest out of all of us kids. We both lived on acreage down the old dirt road. Birthdays, special events and life in general were spent together.
    Angie was a great gymnast. I can remember that wherever we went Angie was doing cartwheels and backflips. Inside or out. Drove us crazy! :)
    Us four girls also all had horses. We spent days riding from morning to dark. Racing across the sand pits up to 7-11 to buy loads of candy.
    Sleep-overs, St. Anthonys school, our kids being born.
    She has been taken away too soon.
    There are no answers.
    Please do not dwell on the accident in general.
    She is in GODS hands along side her brother.
    Us three girls have lost a sister here on earth but have gained a guardian angel in Heaven.
    I love you Angela. Forever and always.
    Shanna Jeanne

  • Cyd January 8, 2008 (4:51 pm)

    My heart is broken for Sean,Julian,the family I will keep you close in heart & prayer! Angie was a West Seattle STAR.Since my 1st visit many years back she stole my heart with her bubbly personality,her warmth,her compassion and love of life. When my life and health were thrown a curve ball, she was right there encouraging & cheering me on. She always made me feel I was her favorite customer, lol. I now know we were all her favorites!! I will miss your smile and laugh!

  • Martha January 8, 2008 (4:54 pm)

    Angie always new you were in line, always knew your drink your dogs name, what was going on in your life and made you want to come back for more. Many folks have left some lovely flowers, candles and cards at the drive thru, just came back from there. What to say…..she will sorely be missed.

  • Michelle January 8, 2008 (5:18 pm)

    I’ve known Ang since high school and have been visiting her at Red Cup since, I will definately miss her perfect smile! I pray for Julian and Sean. A son with out his mother is a very terrible thing.

  • Jennifer January 8, 2008 (5:38 pm)

    Angelia was such a lovely person. My heart goes out to Sean and her son. She will be missed by so many of us in West Seattle…

  • Erin Thomsen January 8, 2008 (6:17 pm)

    To all of you who have left such wonderful memories of Angelia, we thank you from the bottoms of our hearts. Reading about the love and kindness and laughter she shared with everyone of you has meant the world to all of us.
    Her smile and radiance will live forever in every life she touched.

    Her family…………….

  • westie January 8, 2008 (7:13 pm)

    I am so sorry for Angelia’s family during this time. She was such a bright spot of the Junction, she was always upbeat, smiling, and tan like she was always just back from some wonderful sunny place. It would give me hope on dreary Seattle days. She would let my kids pick out their favorite lollipops. I was home for years with my two young children, and some days it was all I could do to get out of the house and get a cup of coffee at Red Cup. It was the highlight of my day, and Angelia was sometimes the only adult I’d see all day. She will be missed by all that knew her.

  • Nicole Paulsen January 8, 2008 (7:45 pm)

    Oh… my baby sis, how I love you and will miss you so very much. Your smell your smile your crazy sense of humor. You were my little prize Angie I loved having you with me where ever we went. You will never know how much I loved you and how Mike and I will miss you forever. My heart is missing half of what it was. My best friend the best Aunt to our kids. Angie, we promised one another that we would always take care of the kids if something happened. I will Angie I will… Thank you so very much for making this world FUN. Everyone at that coffee shop loved you so much and that was what you made people do was have fun and laugh. I miss you Angie Baby and I hope you and Kirk will watch out for all of us down here. Good bye my lovely baby, Your big sister

  • GenHillOne January 8, 2008 (8:14 pm)

    Wow…I’m so saddened by this. Sean and Julian, we knew each other for just one short season of Pee Wee baseball, but Angi still recognized me by face when I came by. Quick with a smile and yes, a proud mom. We’ll be thinking of you.

  • Jody January 8, 2008 (8:37 pm)

    I haven’t been to Red Cup, yet. I am deeply saddened
    by the news. As a mother of a son, I cry tears for the loss, for her son and family. I don’t know any of them, but my heart and thoughts and support go out to all of them. May her spirit live on.
    Her love will always follow her son. Live well and make your mama proud.


  • Mark January 8, 2008 (8:47 pm)

    I was shocked(!) by the sign on the window at Red Cup this morning and couldn’t get the picture out of my head all day. Angie was always a bright spot in my morning as I drove though on my way to work most days for the last four years.

    Peace and love to her and her family.

  • Tracie January 8, 2008 (8:49 pm)

    after meeting Ang so many years ago and being privilaged to work with her at the coffee shop, i feel truly blessed to have had her walk through my life! i made it a point to stop by a couple times a month just to chat as it was the her, not the coffee, that was my pick me up! she is by far the most unique, loving and spastic woman i’ve ever met! she has been taken from us way too soon and she will be greatly missed! My love and thoughts are with you jullian, sean, the rest of her family and all of the devoted customers of red cup….i know she added a little more pep to all of your step!
    i can’t believe she’s gone :(

  • EC January 8, 2008 (9:17 pm)

    I hope that she is having a great meal, a great bottle of wine, with her dolce sunglasses on, her sparkle belt, and mini skirt. I will miss her cream cheese hotdogs at street fair! and shopping at JH Hernry for her family. Now it is up to Mr. John Duncan to see all her fashion needs are taken care of. I know he will look over her. Johnny from jak’s always loved her and Sean. He is with her now.

  • Gogger\'s and Foffer\'s January 8, 2008 (9:23 pm)

    Thanks for our dog treats! Sorry I peed on the chair in your shop. My Sister did pee-pee on the floor once… U did always give us treats! (even after I pee-peed on your coffee shop chair).

    Noodles and Clem… Woof, We miss you Angie!

  • Jenn Penn January 8, 2008 (9:29 pm)

    I am the sister of Shanna, who left a comment above. Our family grew up down the road from their family and literally the first half of my life was spent with them. We had brothers, but us four girls spent so much time together – Shanna, Nicole, Jennifer and then Angelia. I can’t remember any portion of my childhood without her. We had sleepovers, rode our ponies together, cleaned out the barns, bought way too much candy at the 7-11, played soccer together, and went to St. Anthony’s and Kentridge together. Angie was a natural athlete and excelled at gymnastics and soccer. She was so beautiful and had such an amazing figure. I remember being an early teen and heading down to the Paulsen’s house to lay out in the sun. I didn’t know where that figure of hers had come from, but it was the last time I got in a bathing suit next to her! :) She was so full of life and loved to laugh, but I didn’t always think she was so funny; I remember once that I wanted to eat a banana at her house and she said I could only have the banana if I drank a glass of milk first (I HATED milk). Well, I wanted that banana so I drank the milk, and then Angie wouldn’t give me the banana! I have never forgotten that, and it makes me smile every time. Angie also went through a period where she just loved Boy George and the Culture Club – her entire room was decorated with Boy George posters. I think of her every time I hear their music. The Paulsen family is kind and loving, and my heart and support is with them. Bob, Joanne, Mike and Nicole – Angie was who she was because of you. You loved her and nurtured her and she loved you back in return. My family feels like they have lost another sister and another daughter, but we won’t ever forget her. She just wasn’t someone to forget. We love you, Angie.

  • James January 8, 2008 (9:38 pm)

    Seven years ago with a newborn, my wife and I walked into the In and Out espresso(Red Cup)-
    being the last of nine children I was feeling homesick. We met Angie and she welcomed us into her family. Since then she has been the younger sister I never had. Her cheerfulness was
    Her time with us will allways be cherished.

  • Byron January 8, 2008 (9:57 pm)

    It’s been wonderful to see the outpouring of support and love, appearing in the form of cards and flowers gathering at the window that she always manned (wo-manned?) with that 1000-watt smile of hers. We here at the WS pizza place that could wave at Angie through our window are stunned and shocked that such a great lady could be taken away so quick. There is definitely a big void here in the junction without her.

  • Krissi January 8, 2008 (10:22 pm)

    I miss you sweet Angie. I will never forget your sweet voice everytime I called or stopped by. The love you shared with me even when you were down. The love you always expressed for my late-mom, the love you shared without hesitation – ever. You were such a beam of light and made people laugh. Please watch over all of us with your big smile and the huge wings I know God has given you. We will need you to pick us up and pass on that infectious smile for us to give to the rest of the world. I love you Ang, I love you so much!

  • PLynch January 8, 2008 (11:18 pm)

    You will be missed tremendously Angie. The love you gave to us and especially to our boys will always be remembered.. You became my boys “Aunite Angie”.. You will hold a very special place in our hearts forever.
    Your support that you gave to me Saturday night will change my life forever. I am so so grateful that I knew you for 7 years. I love you Angie.
    Sean, Julian, Joanne, Bob, Mike and Nicole.. our love and prays are with you.

  • Shelby January 8, 2008 (11:55 pm)

    I saw the note on the window this morning and have been shaken up about it all day. What a loss not only for her family, friends, and customers, but for the whole community. Angelina certianly did have a way of making people feel warm inside (and it wasn’t just the coffee). She was unbelievably friendly and generous. One time I realized I didn’t have my wallet with me – not only did she tell me to pay whenever, she offered to loan my some cash to go do my other errands. It’s not like I was a daily customer or anything (she didn’t even know my name,) but she always remembered my drink! To her family and friends my deepest condolences. She will be greatly missed.

  • Sean January 9, 2008 (12:48 am)

    Thank you all for the outpouring of love and wonderful stories about Angelia. She was my soulmate, the girl I fell in love with the first time she smiled at me, an incredible mother to Julian, and the love of my life. She was the most beautiful person I have ever known on the inside and out, and our 17 years together have been an amazing journey. She blessed the lives of so many, yet asked for so little in return. I know all Angie truly wanted in this life is for everyone to be happy and loved, and their happiness gave her great joy. Thank you all for loving her in return.

  • ernie t. January 9, 2008 (1:01 am)

    My little Ange. How we are already hurting so much without you. You were the little sister I didn’t have. The Tasmanian Devil to my Ernie.
    I have the picture of you sitting on our bench in the front room, holding my kitty out where I can see it.
    You must have been about 3. It has always been that photo for me, that epitomized you. That mischievous grin, those intense eyes. Those damn dimples!
    Just last week Dina and I were regaling some of our friends at New Year’s about our little cousin Angie. As the youngest you took your share of teasing and abuse but with the kind of dogged determination that shaped you into the strong woman you became. I loved you sweetheart. I hope you know I always loved you. You, my dear chicken, are that somebody we all should be so lucky to have known love from.
    Give a squeeze to Nana and Mom and Kirk for me. I know you are in the best of hands.

    But angie, I still love you, baby
    Evrywhere I look I see your eyes
    There aint a woman that comes close to you
    Come on baby, dry your eyes
    But angie, angie, aint it good to be alive?
    Angie, angie, they cant say we never tried

    Give me hope to help me cope with this heavy load, trying to touch and reach you with heart and soul…

    Your Ernie

  • randy littlefield January 9, 2008 (11:51 am)

    very sad that this happened to a great person,she did touch so many people in her own way.this was not the way i wanted to remeber my b-day,i will miss her,but remeber her great smile and her perky self, may all you find peace as she now in a good place in the heaven above.

  • Cami January 9, 2008 (12:52 pm)

    Sean, Brad and I thought of you all evening and if there is anything we can do, please call. I will be coming to the funeral tomorrow. We are so sad for your loss, for your family and for the community that loved her. I will always remember bringing in the millinium at Assaggio with Angie, both of us in our zebra coats! I new I had some style if I was dressed like Angie. She was always the beauty in the room. Rely on family and friends to get you through this. Angie would want you to do everything you can to go on, live a happy life and be a light for Julian. All our love.

  • Michelle Quackenbush January 9, 2008 (12:54 pm)

    We are heartbroken with the loss of our little Angie – I am a first cousin of Ang. she was the brightest star and she has died way before her time. Thank you for your comments – they are healing –

  • Wayne January 9, 2008 (1:19 pm)

    Angela, You were a best friend for 20 amazing years and now you’re with your brother and my sister. A part of my heart is with you and always will be. I will always hear your voice and see your smile. Wayne

  • add January 9, 2008 (1:58 pm)

    I didn’t know Angelia personally, but reading these comments have me weeping for the profound loss to her friends and family and our WS community. Having lost a cherished and vibrant sister way too early myself, I understand the pain and sadness her friends and family feel. Peace to all.

  • Olga January 9, 2008 (2:39 pm)

    I am going to truly miss the most spirited, outgoing,lovable, caring, woman on earth. I am so sorry that you have been taken so suddenly from the loved ones. All I can think of, is how happy that you were around everyone, and that you always had a smile on your face even when you were going through tough times in your life.
    Over the years that I have known Angelia, and Sean, they have treated me as, I was one of their own kids. All I can think, is how Angie had the HUGGEST heart because she just absolutely loved each and one of us whom has known her over the years……….Angelia was like a sister to me so to lose a loved one at a such young age is just so hard.
    All of my prayers go out to Angelia’s family.

    I love you Angie and you are always in my heart.

  • Mike January 9, 2008 (5:38 pm)

    Thank you to everyone for sharing such beautiful stories and experiences you had with my sister. I have lost my best friend and I love her so much it hurts more than anything you could imagine. Ang would never let me hang-up the phone or say goodbye without saying ” I love you”, or hug me so hard I would lose my breath, like she wouldnt see me for another year when in reality we were meeting and mom and dads in a half an hour. I lost my brother Kirk and never thought i would ever have to experience that feeling ever again. Tell your family and friends you love them every day like Ang did PLEASE!!!!!!!! “I Love you too Ang”

  • Jess S January 9, 2008 (6:20 pm)

    Thoughts and prayers go out to Sean, Julian and the rest of the family. West Seattle just won’t be the same.

  • Jessika January 9, 2008 (6:58 pm)

    My love goes out to the entire family and friends of angie… i can see now how much she was truely loved. My dad was a really good friends of hers and my best friends and family are angelina’s brother mike and there family… I understand the feeling since I too have lost a little sister. Im so sorry for everyone who knew and cared for her. A little info: my dad, mike, alex, and some of the other family members will have the coffee shop open tomorrow around 8am.. giving away free coffee and only excepting donations for sean and julian. they want everyone in the community who cared to stop by and get a coffee and say hi.. its what angi would want and they are happy to do it. Please stop by and send your love to my family members who are trying so hard to figure out away to be strong for angie.

  • indica hanson January 9, 2008 (7:33 pm)

    i am a good friends with julian angelias son and he is very sad when i heard the news i cried for a while because i felt so bad for julian :(

    this is really sad news angelia was a very nice person and was verry pretty

  • Steph January 9, 2008 (8:49 pm)

    I knew Angie back when she was first opening up the coffee shop. I remember that at the time she had talked about juice bars and juicing a lot… but she still ended up with a coffee shop! I remember one night she had invited a friend and me over for dinner. I was a vegetarian at the time and Angie remembered. She made such a fuss over me, making sure I could eat everything that I started to feel kind of silly. But it was obvious that she was a genuinely caring person. Angie, the dinner was great and no, your dog wasn’t bothering me! I will always remember you as a thoroughly sincere, genuine, and REAL person who really made people feel good when in your presence. I really don’t want to believe you’re gone. I still remember visiting you at Isabella’s when you were a server there. You were complaining that people were always looking at you. I told you it was probably because they thought you were a hottie. Your reaction was priceless. Who’d believe you didn’t know you were beautiful? You will be missed by more people than you ever could imagine.

  • Sharon January 9, 2008 (9:36 pm)

    To Mikey and family,

    I’m so sorry Angie is gone so soon. I just remember how adorable she was–a beautiful, vibrant young woman. We never realize how fleeting it all is or the love we have. From reading this, Ang touched so many lives without even knowing it, or trying.

    Blessings to all–hope to see you this weekend.

    Love, hugs & peace,

    Sharon (Mabin) Kirkeby

  • Heather Leeman Chandler January 9, 2008 (9:46 pm)

    It’s been 19 years seen I’ve seen Angelia. We sat next to each other for a couple of semesters at KR. I was a sort of a nerdy senior, and Ang was the cool, pretty junior. I didn’t think we looked like we’d have been friends, but we actually made fast friends. Along with Anna Lissa, we got into our share of trouble in Mrs. Satterstrom’s class too. I remember her being sweet, silly, and making me laugh…and she was very much then, as she is remembered in everyone’s posts above.

    Once, when we were 17, she put my car into neutral at a stop sign on a hill while I was driving and it was sheer panic for me. But, Ang and Anna Lissa were in hysterics. They promised to never do it again, but my heart was pounding, while they just couldn’t stop laughing.

    I got out my annual to read again what she’d written to me 19 years ago. It was so sweet and funny, with a few choice words for a couple of teachers she didn’t care for…and her thanking me for helping her in those classes. She even offered to go to church with me, since we went to the same church. It was a full page…and it was just totally Angelia…a good reminder of her. I will cherish that page even more now, and be grateful for having it to look back on. She’s not someone that you forget.

    I was just thinking about her the other day, and I don’t know why…and today I read in the paper that she’s gone. I can’t believe it. It totally sucks and isn’t fair. I’m so sad…sad for Angelia, sad for her family, and everyone that has been touched by her…and that’s a lot of people! I was lucky to have known her and wish we’d have kept in touch.

    My thoughts and prayers are with Ang’s family and friends.

  • Bernie January 9, 2008 (10:23 pm)

    When I heard about our loss, I was crushed. The last time I hung out with her was on my birthday at the Matador’s. What a crazy night!! We had a wonderful time talking about everything and anything. She told me how she loved Boy George and Nick loved George Michael. I told her that she was crazy and was in love with the wrong “george”. She said he was hot. That was Angie. Always a kick. We talked about Sean, Julian and Bill being the love of her life. For those that don’t know Bill, he’s their 200lb mastiff. What I remember most about her is how she told everyone how beautiful they were. She was an extremely beautiful person inside and out that made people feel the same way. I’m just glad I was lucky enough to have known her. Thanks Nick for sharing her. The Holy Family gang is there for you all!!!

  • Angela Cramer January 9, 2008 (10:30 pm)

    The last time I was with Angie we were trying to experiement with some new drinks for the shop :) Actually pretty funny..I can’t count the number of times we ran to the sink to quickly spit them out. Needless to say we didn’t use any of them….but hey it was fun. I feel this huge sense of grief that you are gone. I would go get Dave’s coffee just to see you ( I don’ drink it!) You made our days so much better Angie. I thank you for all the special treatment with my son when he was going thru chemo…All the extra gummys with his XL hot coco. I will never forget the first time he told me you were hot! Keep in mind he was 3 at the time! He told her she was his “Sweetie” and it just kinda stuck. Instead of saying i want red cup it was i want the sweetie shop mom! You had such a big heart and it is so obvious that you gave it to all of us……

    We love you “SWEETIE”

  • ciana January 9, 2008 (10:31 pm)

    im so sorry julian. its me ciana i feel so bad. i dont know what to say to make you feel better and there probably nothing i can say but i just want you to know that everyone at holy family is thinking of you always. we miss you and we want to be okay. your mom always made me smile whenever she would talk to me at school. you were very lucky to have her as mom. i cried when i found out, i cried a little more later and im crying right now. i’ll see you at the funeral, i’ll be the one with so many tears in her eyes, but wait so will everyone else, so i’ll just come up and say hi and give ya a hug. hows that sound? love ya a bunch and remember we are ALL thinking of YOU and your DAD.

  • Kim January 9, 2008 (10:43 pm)

    You two were the best looking couple from here to Hollywood, and sweet, kind, funny and caring as well. I never understood why you both weren’t models or actors. The coffee always came with a smile or a word of encouragement, and it was always a great start to my day to see you Angelia. We will never forget you.

  • Marlaine Paulsen Cover January 9, 2008 (10:43 pm)

    Our dearest Angie,

    In all of the years since your birth I do not have a single memory of you when you were not smiling. I know of no other human being on earth who is more impossible to envision not smiling.

    Your life was like all of ours, blessed with highs and lows, yet you consistently glowed, always bringing smiles to others in the process. What greater legacy can one leave? I know you are particularly smiling now, for you are with Kirk, and you have the vision of the heavens and know we will all be together again very soon. Until that day, I promise to take care of those two puppies you hid in the back of the car on your trip to San Diego, as well as your co-conspirator big sis Nicole and age defying brother Mikey……Also promise to give Julian another chance to break his wrist on a future California adventure….and Sean more reasons to worry. Thank you for leaving us with the smile that transcends all knowing….your eternally loving cousin Marlaine

  • nicole January 9, 2008 (11:17 pm)

    Thank you Bernie…and remember Angie was all of ours. I love all of you at Holy family and so did my sister. I will miss her every minute of my every life. My Margarita will never be the same without her Bernie. She was the salt and the lime and the sweetness that made it so good!!
    Oh, Angie I want you back with me,
    I love you!!! your sister your friend your anything you wanted me to be for you. Remember Angie, just keep your nose above the water honey that is all just your nose. You will be fine I promise you I promise:)

  • Nick January 9, 2008 (11:42 pm)

    Sean, Julian I’m so sorry. Ang was so awesome, there will never be a better barista. There will never be a better cup of coffee.

  • renee (paulsen) walker January 9, 2008 (11:47 pm)

    To my Auntie Jo, Uncle Bob…My Mikey and My Nicole,

    Thank you for being the graceful spirits you are.

    This is so terribly sad.

    I love you!


  • Jeana Mabin January 10, 2008 (12:11 am)

    Angelia, Angie, Ang – There are so many things I wish I could say to you and want to say to your family. I wish I could take away at least part of the unbearable pain that they are feeling for losing you much too soon. Angie, Daughter, Sister, Wife, Mother, Auntie, Niece, Cousin, Friend. You were so many things to so many people. What a bright light you have always been. You were always so giving, lively, friendly, and beautiful. Pat often talked about how when he was younger (13 or so) and he would go over to the Paulsens and you and Nicole would be jumping all over him trying to get his attention and although he was at the age of “cool” he loved it and will always cherish that memory of you. We wish you peace Angie Baby.

  • Andrea T. January 10, 2008 (12:27 am)

    The coffee was always excellent, but everyone knows Angelia could have been serving cups of mud and would still have a line up the block wanting to see her smile, join in a laugh with her, and have a bright sparkling beacon to help them start their day with class. I can only pray you knew what a special person you were to so many, and thank you for doing what you did so well day after day for 7 plus years. I love you Angelia.

  • WSB January 10, 2008 (6:51 am)

    To let everyone know who is visiting this post directly through a search engine or other link: We have just posted an update with information from Angelia’s husband Sean regarding relatives opening the shop today (Thursday 1/10) to accept donations for their son’s education, as well as a fund at Viking Bank. The link is here.

  • Jill Paulsen January 10, 2008 (6:56 am)

    Angie was like a little sister to me. I have known her since she was 15. I met her brother when we were in college and I remember him telling me when we were at school how he needed to get home to go jog with his sister Ang. He talked so much about her that I wanted to meet her so bad. I first met Ang the day her sister Nicole had Alex. I walked into the hospital and she was sitting on her dads lap hugging and kissing him. Here is this 15 year old sitting on her daddys lap. It was so adorable and when she realized who I was, she came up and gave me the biggest hug like she had known me forever. Its now been 20 years since I have been with this family. The love I have always noticed from them has been so strong. They may have had their arguments but they’d all come back hugging and full of love for eachother again. This family would stick up for eachother more than any family I have ever known. I loved them from the first day I met them all. Ang and I always had such wonderful times together. Laugh? Boy did we laugh. Well, I laughed because Ang would do something crazy like always and I would laugh so hard my stomach would hurt. Ang, I can’t wait to be back together again, I can’t wait to have you in my life again to make me laugh at my own cookies, to force my head down to my toes while showing me palate moves, to slap me in the butt as hard as you can, to kiss me and leave sparkles all over, to spray my home with beautiful oils so it won’t smell like “animals”, to play with our dogs again, to give me funky boots that I love, to mess with my kids until they are on the floor laughing so hard, to try and throw another cookie at your brother from a mile away and get him again in the middle of his forehead, to torment your brother, to tease your mom and dad then give them big hugs and tell them how much you love them, to kiss and hug and play with all your neices and nephews, to hang out with your sister, argue, cry then hug and kiss to make up again. I can’t wait Ang. I will love you always. You will always be in my heart. Please please Ang, help Mike, Nicole, your mom and dad be strong through this and help them realize they WILL see you again. I love you forever. Also help all your neices and nephews who adored you, and don’t forget me also.
    I will do everything I can to always be there for your family and take care of them. I promise sweety!
    Your sister-n-law, Jill

  • Amy January 10, 2008 (7:57 am)

    So tragic to leave so young. So lucky to be so well loved. Blessings to your family.

  • Rena Varona January 10, 2008 (9:26 am)

    Ang – Your warmth, beauty, smile and friendship was your gift to us all. Thank you. You and your family will always be in my prayers.

  • Nikki Berry and Matt Turri January 10, 2008 (10:12 am)

    We’re shocked and saddened that Angie’s light has gone out. She was a always a breath of fresh air anytime we saw her, and her love for life and her family was so obvious to anyone who spent 2 seconds with her. We used to live a block away, but since we moved away from WS a few years ago, we haven’t frequented In/Out (Red Cup) very often, but have stopped in on occasion for a friendly cup of coffee and some drool (Bill). My heart goes out to Sean, who is also an awesome person with a big heart, and Julian. I can’t believe this has happened.

  • Jonathan French January 10, 2008 (11:25 am)

    Angie was a close friend and considered family to us for the last 20 years. She was a bright light and her warmth shined far and touched all who met her. Many of you were fortunate enough to meet her while she owned and operated West Seattle’s best coffee shop, Red Cup Espresso. Her energy and quirky sense of humor made the mornings more bearable. Angie loved her family and friends more than anything, and was generous to a fault. The world was a better place with her, and will have a void without her. The times of laughter are too numerous, and yet too far too short. We all love you so much, Angelia.

  • Christopher Thomsen January 10, 2008 (11:51 am)

    My Dear Little Cousin Angie,

    I have read everything that your family, friends and customers have written and I am awestruck by the amount of life and love you have shared with others and the impact you have made on so many people’s lives. You never were a selfish person. Believe it or not, I still have your 5th grade school picture, sitting right here in front of me, with that great big “Angie” smile. It is that smile that I remember the most. Even when we teased you never stopped smiling.

    Angie, I miss you, I know that Sean and Julian miss you, I know that, your dad, your mom, Mikey and Nicole miss you and I know that so many other family and friends miss you, but Kirk and Aunt Bobbie are so glad to see you.

    Uncle Bob, Aunt Joni, Mikey and Nicole, I can not even begin to know how you feel or tell you that I have some kind of answer for why this happened. Hardly a day goes by that I do not dream of, think of or talk about Kirk and mom. It never makes any sense and, dammit, it is not fair.

    But, I will tell you that I love you all so very much and that I want to hug each and every one of you so hard that it would take your breath away. That, I promise, will never change.

    Angie, we miss, we love you and we will never, ever forget you. You were one of a kind, my sweet little cousin, and keep smiling down upon us. Love…Christopher

  • portia January 10, 2008 (2:06 pm)

    word’s can’t begin to describe the pain i feel for everyone’s life angie touched.

    her family is so loving and close. this is such a horrible tragedy.

    i have so many great memories with angie. so many great conversations, fabulous coffee, fun times…as you all know, the list goes on and on and on.

    i love you angie.

  • portia January 10, 2008 (2:12 pm)

    baseball games, lunches, happy hours…the list goes on.

  • Ra'chel Neustel (Magaoay January 10, 2008 (2:50 pm)

    Angelia, When I think about you it makes me smile. No matter what you and I did together we alway’s had FUN and LAUGHED. I remember taking Luther, Sydney, Buddy and LaBear to the mall to have their pictures taken with Santa Claus. We were laughing so hard at those goofy dog’s. We took those goofballs everywhere we went. Angelia you were an AMAZING person. I wish we never lost touch. I am very thankful that I had you in my life. I have the best memories with you. I love you

  • Jerald January 10, 2008 (3:16 pm)

    Just another occasional drive-through customer who will never forget her, she had such an amazing impact. I’m heartsick. My family, who never met her, think I’m nuts for being so affected…but, like I said, they never met her.

  • Mike Patrick January 10, 2008 (3:20 pm)

    Angelia was a neigbor of our nearly her whole life. Our daughers (Shanna & Jennifer) were playmates and best friends with Angelia and her sister Nicole. It seemed that the four of the girls were always together, either riding their horses or doing a thousand and one things that girls do (including mischief). Angelia was always with a smile and I have no memory of her without a smile. A wonderful, gifted athlete who easily made friends. We enjoyed watching her grow up into womanhood. The warmth came naturally as she came from a warm loving family.
    Our hearts and tears are with the Paulsen family.

    With love and sorrow, Mike & Lois Patrick

  • Chrissy Mattson January 10, 2008 (4:03 pm)

    I couldn’t breathe yesterday. My friend was gone. So sudden so soon. I will never forget our adventures and making each other laugh so hard we cried. Your are a part of my life and I could never forget you. never. My thoughts and prayers our with Everyone to Sean,Julian and family,friends. Much Love Chrissy.

  • Kelly Page January 10, 2008 (5:13 pm)

    Ang is one of my dearest friends. She has always been there for me in the lows and highs of my life. I am so honored I was able to share those experiences with her. I miss her so much.

    She has an amazing soul that no matter if she was happy or sad, she was always shining.

    Sean, Julian, Nicole and family, my prayers and love are with you.

  • Chantal January 10, 2008 (5:53 pm)

    My heart has been solemn since I heard the news, but down on my knees I prayed for my friend Nicole, and her parents, nephew, and children that God give them the strength they need at this time to get through this tragedy. I never met Angie, but I knew Nicole well enough to know she loved you very much, and if you were anything like her, I know I would’ve loved your spirit. A few of us here at Westward have been in a silent grieving for you this week, and just know that thoughts and prayers are being lifted up at this very moment.

    God bless & keep you, family of Angie.


  • Beth Trigg January 10, 2008 (7:08 pm)

    I feel devastated and numb. I am so sorry for the loss of Angelia. She was my angel the past 5 years. I recently lost another dear friend, (Jennifer Martens-Stickney : “JJ”) to breast cancer in September 2007. Through JJ’s 18 month battle with breast cancer, Angelia was phenomenal. On the day of JJ’s memorial service, I stopped by Red Cup – Angelia knew that JJ’s husband asked that I do the eulogy – and that I was sick about it. Ang made me laugh and feel at ease and confident that I would do JJ justice at a time I wanted to puke and cry my eyes out. Ang had a special way of making you think you were the only person that mattered in the world. I am very sad and know she’s up there with JJ having a HUGE glass of wine, looking over all of us, continuing to watch over us with love and smiles.
    Love you, Beth T

  • renee January 10, 2008 (9:55 pm)

    This came in my email today from one of my very best friends in the world, Susanne. I felt strongly compelled to share it. I hope it heals those reading this blog at least a little bit.

    “I read the entire blog and my heart hurt for her family. She sounds like a beautiful Angelic person, who was brought to this planet to touch the lives of those that posted on her blog…..all the way down to the doggie who pee’d on her coffee shop chair. Just think of the imprints she left on all those peoples lives….WOW……how many people can do that? How many people can own a coffee shop and REALLY connect with others…..on a genuine level? Do you get that? It doesn’t happen in most places…….. Gift she was to this planet. Gift she will remain in the hearts of those that knew her……her smile, raspy voice and all that made up Angelia will continue to be heard or seen through others as people are reminded of her….someone will sound like her, someone will smile like her, someone may even strangely resemble her and she will continue to bless this planet through her memories……and people will smile and their hearts will be happy for the chance to have known her. I know I would have ADORED her, just by reading how those that loved her described the person she is. Susanne”

  • Shawn Andress and family January 11, 2008 (1:45 am)

    Sean, we are thinking of you and your son,and are sorry for your great loss. Please let us know if you need anything, we are here for you! Shawn, Tiara,Amelia,and Olivia Andress

  • Tracey Nguyen January 11, 2008 (1:55 am)

    Angie, my heart aches to know that your gone. I remember last seeing you on Christmas gobbling down Jill’s sticky, gooey cookies and even though you would make fun of them, you knew you couldn’t get enough! We sat at the table playing a silly game of trivia and you got almost all of the questions right! I remember when you let Nicole and the family throw me a birthday party at your house even though Bill drooled on half of my gifts lol! Bill is definately going to miss his beautiful, adoring mama. Thanks for always being there for me and taking the time to talk to me, even during the busiest hours at the coffee shop. I always looked foward going to the coffee shop in the mornings with alex to see you- just to know that I would be greeted with a warm smile and a big hug. You were such a cool and loving aunt to alex and he made that known. Thanks for being so good to both of us, we will miss the hot chocolate and movies at your house. You’re like the Aunt I’ve always wanted and it’s sad to see you leave so early- I know you had so much more love to give to this world. Angie, your beautiful face, kind eyes, and radiant smile will never be forgotten. I love you so much and you will always have a place in my heart.

  • Dina and Jim B. January 11, 2008 (2:32 pm)

    First of all I want to send out our prayers to Sean and Julian. Julian I know this is the hardest time you will ever have in your lifetime. Sean, words just can’t ever seem to be enough you lost your soulmate. We met you and Angie through my brother and Julian’s best friend. As we talked to Angie at games, coffee, West Seattle Street fair,and candle paries we felt as if we have always known her. There was never a time she didn’t smile, or maybe an eye roll here or there. She had some whitty come backs and her smile lit up wherever you were.
    Angie your presence in everyone’s life who knew you was filled with every emotion one has.
    Julian we are thinking of you as we are of you Sean.

  • Jodee walker January 11, 2008 (5:52 pm)

    To sean, I am sorry, Julian, you are just as bright a star as your mom, I am too lucky to have such wonderful memories with angie, Joann, Bob and nikki, you are all such warm people and do not deserve this pain, I love you guys so much, I am going to miss her.

  • Michelle (Schaefer) Graf January 11, 2008 (8:04 pm)

    I haven’t seen or talked to Angie in years, only once or twice since Kentridge. My heart hurts for her family as the girl I once knew obviously became a wonderfully amazing woman. I just wanted to leave a note to say I am so very sorry she no longer walks the Earth.

  • ciana January 12, 2008 (5:47 pm)

    this really shows how much you have to cherish every memory and everyone in it. it really makes a difference to smile every once in a while

  • Heather January 13, 2008 (3:04 am)

    Every time I came and got a coffee from Angelia or Sean it always made me so proud of their work ethic. Who else could make you feel like that at 7Am when it was cold wet and rainy and depressing as heck and they would warm your soul. Please don’t go away.

  • Miles January 13, 2008 (3:10 am)

    West Seattle’s Bonnie and Clyde have definatly put in their work. Sean, know that your partner in crime is watching over you and Julian like you did for Her all these years.

  • Westside's Finest January 13, 2008 (3:29 am)

    Sean ODea, Dave Harper and Shoeshine Joe together in the WestSide, Angelia, I know how you loved them all and I am so sorry for what brought them together tonight. Words could never describe your greatness, and the World will suffr from your loss.

  • Jennifer (Jenny) Lane January 13, 2008 (6:21 am)

    I grew up with Angie, we went to St. Anthony’s and Kentridge together. Angie was a year older than me and I always looked up to her. Not just because she was drop-dead gorgeous, but she could dance, she had a great style of her own and when you were with her you knew you had a true friend. I loved her energy and and I felt she could do anything.
    My father passed away when I was 13 and it was Angie and her family who I wanted to spend my time with. She was the first person I told after finding out. When I was with her everything was ok and she would make sure that we kept busy so I wouldn’t have time to think about it. She had also lost a brother so she knew what I was going through.

    I only wish I had the opportunity to tell her this directly. Angie thank you for being such a good friend to me. I will always hold that special to my heart. You and your family were always so good to me. I am sorry to have heard this horrible news.
    Hey Ang, I still eat my eggs scrambled with cream-cheese, and I am still scared sh**less of St. Bernards!! I remember going to the other Catholic Schools dances and you had the best moves in the room!! I never told you that because I was so jealous. Keep dancing Angie.

    I love you and will see you again someday.
    All my love to Bob Joanne Mike and Nicole and to your husband and son. I am so sorry for you loss. She will live with us in our hearts forever!!
    Love Jenny Lane-Hamburg Germany

  • Mark January 13, 2008 (8:37 am)

    As I read each and every comment on this blog two things come to mind. The first is regret that I did not get a chance to know such a touching person. We all deserve to have someone like that in our lives. The second thing is hope that we all take the time to become a person like Angie. My heart goes out to all that she did touch and to all that she would have touched. God always has a need for extraordinary angels.

  • Janet Washburn January 13, 2008 (11:24 am)

    I just wanted to echo what everyone else has been saying about Angelia. I too felt like she was such a special, caring person. I shared many things in my life with her as I came through the drive-thru. She was so concerned when I told her I had breast cancer. I was going to stop by and tell her I got through my surgery. Now she’s gone and my heart goes out to her wonderful family. What I will put in to practice from her life and death is that we all need to let those we love know it every day. All others we pass by deserve a smile and a kind word. Angelia will be truly missed. God bless her family.

  • Alia January 13, 2008 (12:42 pm)

    I went to the vigil last night with my mom (I’m 24). For many years my mom has been telling me about Angie and the other wonderful ladies at the Red Cup. She is very loved in this community and will always be. Rest in Peace, Angie.

  • Shanna Patrick January 13, 2008 (1:46 pm)

    I went to the vigil last night.
    I was literally across the street 2 weeks ago with my sister and my mom and never realized that was where I could see her.
    I thought her coffee shop was down the junction further.
    I wish today that I had known and gone across the street to have gotten that one last hug from her.
    But as Mike has said, “No regrets”!
    I again wanted to talk last night but felt I could not do it.
    Sean knows Angie best when he said she would want to see us laugh!
    All of my childhood memories always involved a Paulsen.
    I loved Angelia and KNOW she is with the Lord.
    I want to spread it out a little and let Bob, Joanne, Mike and Nicole know that the WHOLE Paulsen family is special.
    What Angie had in life they are still holding onto.
    The most compassionate, loyal, accepting family that I know (right along with mine)
    God put us next to each other down that dirt road for a reason.
    So much time was spent down at your house that I can literally tell you where every room is in your house and where/what every piece of furniture, pix or knick-knack was. This is before and after your re-model. Just as if it was my own home!
    If I had to redo my childhood the ONLY reason I would do it if a Paulsen was a part of it!
    You are so special. I promise you that each of us Patricks will ALWAYS be here for you no matter what comes your way.
    Nicole and I always talked about getting all of us together. I remember saying life is just too short.
    It is.
    Lets get together soon. Angie would want that.
    I love you so very, very much.
    Shanna Jeanne

  • = e = January 13, 2008 (1:48 pm)

    Like so many others, I am in utter disbelief and shock with the realization that Angie is no longer in this human form with us. Her unbridled joy in seeing people was the one thing that I wish that I could replicate. Every time she saw me, the light in her eyes and the joy in her greeting made me feel like I had just made her the happiest she had been all day. What a spirit booster! She gave so much of herself in those interactions and it is what I will miss most from her absence in this world. For the family and all of us who knew her, her loss will echo throughout our souls forever. It is, however, our task to find the way to honor her impact on our lives. Perhaps for me, it would be in trying to be as fearless as she was in sharing her light with others. May her family and all who feel this profound loss find peace in the imprints that she left on our souls.

  • mary January 13, 2008 (4:25 pm)

    Angie gave light and laughter to all who entered her humble coffee shop. I pray for comfort and peace to Sean, Julian, and her entire family. We mourn her loss but celebrate her legacy of smiles and welcoming words.

  • Heather Leeman Chandler January 13, 2008 (8:29 pm)

    I come back here daily…two or three times a day sometimes. I just want to see what new, nice things people have to say about Ang.

    I really hope that someone will print all of the comments out (from all of the stories on this site, the obit site and any others out there) and put them into some sort of scrapbook for Julian…well, for all of her family really. If it isn’t being done already, I think it will bring comfort and good memories/reminders for everyone later.

    I just know that when my dad died, I was at his memorial service and his funeral service, but I couldn’t tell you half of what happened…and I was 21. I even spoke at my dad’s memorial, but I couldn’t tell you what I said. It was almost fifteen years ago, and I would LOVE to be able to read some of the stories that people told about my dad. I went to a service a few years ago for the mom of a friend, and they video taped the entire thing. Even though you’re there, it doesn’t mean your brain is fully listening because your heart is still grieving so much. We didn’t have blogs, and video taping things wasn’t that common back when my dad died…but I would’ve loved to have those things now. I would LOVE to read the memories others had of my father.

    Angelia was such an awesome person. Every single person that has posted a comment has attested to that. She touched sooo many lives, first hand, and even second hand. She rocked. I think of her every single day, and hope to carry her spirit with me for each day forward.

  • Tracy Cee January 14, 2008 (1:32 am)

    Angelia, you’re smile warmed us on the most dark, rainy and depressing Seattle 7 AM’s. You were our 5 minutes in the morning of Rio, Jamica, Mazatlan, and the Gold Coast. You were always perfect, tanned, beautiful, funny, well dressed, and on point and in charge. You will be missed more than words could ever describe, and we will never forget your style and grace. Rest in Peace, you made this world so much better.

  • Andrea (Lidzbarski) Vega January 14, 2008 (8:14 pm)

    I went to school with Angie for many years, starting with the first grade at St. Anthony’s. That year we did a Christmas play and Angie played Mary (a natural choice). She was truly one of the sweetest, warm-hearted, genuine people I have known. I sat behind her in religion class our freshmen year after not seeing her for a couple years. I remember thinking she was even more beautiful than ever. Her skin was that perfect porcelin that everyone wished they had. I remember looking at her cheeks and my own and wondering why mine were so thick while people like Angie were so lucky to have thinner cheeks. The last time I saw her was at a funeral reception a year or two ago. I didn’t recognize her at first. When I realized who she was, she gave me a huge hug. We talked with each other and others that day, and even though we were not close, she very much felt like a family member. Just part of her warmth and charm! I remember seeing her parents that day and thinking how wonderful they all are (the Patrick’s as well), how lucky to have so much love in their lives that we all could feel it. I cried when I heard the sad news. Another star plucked too soon. She’s out of pain, never has to grow old. We are left without her caring heart, her hugs, her smile, only memories. My thoughts and love are with your family, Angie.

  • Marlaine Paulsen Cover January 14, 2008 (8:39 pm)

    Cannot possibly improve on the prior comment, would however like to thank everyone for their postings with a gift from her memorial… Hope you find the following modification of Mother Theresa’s Do It Anyway poem as appropriate for describing Angie as I do,,,

    The Eternal Smile
    People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered;
    Forgive them anyway.
    If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
    Be kind anyway.
    If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
    Succeed anyway.
    If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
    Be honest and frank anyway.
    What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
    Build anyway.
    If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
    Be happy anyway.
    The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
    Do good anyway.
    Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
    Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.
    You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God;
    It was never between you and them anyway.
    Our dearest Angie,
    Thank you for always smiling anyway!!!!!!!
    We promise to keep it going!!!

  • Sharon Carriveau Malo January 14, 2008 (8:47 pm)

    Angie was a friend that everyone deserved to have. When the going got tough, Angie dug her heels in (and sometimes they were really high heels) and fought for what she believed was right. We shared some of the best times of my life, she was always there during the low times as well. Always there to make you laugh when you thought there was nothing to laugh at. My dear cousin shared a quote with me after her mother passed “To the world you might be one person, but to one person you just might be the world”. Well this quote needs to be modified in Angies case, because to ALOT of people Angie was the world. She will never be forgotten. For those of us who knew her well, we knew she loved her family dearly, loved julian with all her heart and loved Sean in a way that few people get to experience – I am grateful for the time I had with her and all I learned from her.

  • Isabella January 16, 2008 (12:11 am)

    There will never be a star as bright as you, your sparkle was so clear and strong. You guided me thru dark times with your warm beacon of light, and you helped me to start my days with the knowledge that everything was going to be OK. You made the world a better place just by being you, and never asked for anything in return, you just did it because it was you. I will miss you forever.

  • Julie Conyne Cross January 16, 2008 (8:16 am)

    Sean and Julian, to you and your family my prayers go out. To all of West Seattle, we will miss the smiling face when we enter the Red Cup. Life is precious and we forget sometimes to live for today and not rely on tomorrow.

  • Tim Ryan January 16, 2008 (10:45 am)

    It’s so wonderful to read about how Angie touched peoples lives. She was a bright spirit to all of us. I hadn’t seen her for about two years since I moved out of West Seattle. I loved to stop in for coffee and she always asked about my son Quinn and how my family was doing. More people should be like Angie. Her brother Mike is a good friend and I grieve for him and his mom and dad and sister and all the friends who knew Angie.I am truly sorry for your loss and I pray that God will take care of you as he wll Angie. I am thinking of you Sean and Julian as you grieve for your wife and mother. She obviuosly leaves a great legacy for her family and friends to remember. She is truly an Angel as her name tells us and she will be watching over us and cracking her smile and laugh along the way. I remember how much her family loved her when years ago at the WS Street Fair (used to be the sidewalk sale) her dad Bob had set up his piano outside and was playing tunes as Joanne and others in the family pitched in to help out. That is truly what love and family is all about. May God rest Angies soul and provide comfort to her family as they grieve for her loss. As Mike said, tell those who are your friends and family that you LOVE them and say it often. Peace Angie…

  • Erin T. January 16, 2008 (7:18 pm)

    “Life is truly a ride. We’re all strapped in and no one can stop it. When the doctor slaps your behind, he’s ripping your ticket and away you go.
    As you make each passage from youth to adulthood to maturity, sometimes you put your arms up and scream, sometimes you just hang onto that bar in front of you.
    But the ride is the thing. I think the most you can hope for at the end of life is that your hair is messed, you’re out of breath, and you didn’t throw up.”

    As we all know, Angie didn’t sit back and wait for life to grab her, SHE GRABBED IT by the horns and rode it for all it was worth. You better believe that her hair was messed and she was breathing hard. Judging by some of the stories people regaled us with at her candlelit vigil, she may have even thrown up ;) but she lived, and loved with an intensity few of us have ever known.

    So for those of us who are sitting on the sidelines watching everybody else on those rides, take a page from Angie. Get out there and live! Get out there and love! Jump on with both feet, and hang on screaming with glee all the way to the end.

  • Erin T. January 16, 2008 (7:44 pm)

    “Life is truly a ride. We’re all strapped in and no one can stop it. When the doctor slaps your behind, he’s ripping your ticket and away you go.
    As you make each passage from youth to adulthood to maturity, sometimes you put your arms up and scream, sometimes you just hang onto that bar in front of you.
    But the ride is the thing. I think the most you can hope for at the end of life is that your hair is messed, you’re out of breath, and you didn’t throw up.”

    As we all know, Angie didn’t sit back and wait for life to grab her, SHE GRABBED IT by the horns and rode it for all it was worth. You better believe that her hair was messed and she was breathing hard. Judging by some of the stories people regaled us with at her candlelit vigil, she may have even thrown up ;) but she lived, and loved with an intensity few of us have ever known.

    So for those of us who are sitting on the sidelines watching everybody else on those rides, take a page from Angie. Get out there and live! Get out there and love! Jump on with both feet, and hang on screaming with glee all the way to the end.

  • Andrea January 16, 2008 (11:31 pm)

    Oh Angelia, I hope you knew how much every person that met fell in love with you, and how much warmth and light you brought to this world. Heaven is lucky to have you.

  • K.C January 19, 2008 (11:51 am)

    When I would see Angie and Sean out together it always reminded me of the scene in Goodfellas when Ray Liotta and Lorraine Brocco walk in the back door of the restuarant and everyone in the place knows them and greets them and is so happy to see them and they put a table in front just for them. They were like that. They were loved like that. Heaven has a new Superstar.

  • Angelo T. January 23, 2008 (11:08 pm)

    I never could understand what such a perfect person in every sense of the word was doing making coffee at 6 AM every day. But she did it well and with style, and she was the best. I will light a candle for you and try to be half as good as you were in my life.

  • Kim January 24, 2008 (11:46 pm)

    Oh Angelia, you made the world a better place for me on many a dark and depressing morning. Your smile and warmth went straight to my heart, you were always happy, always beautiful and perfect, and I will never forget you. Sean and Julian were the love of your life, and they are so lucky to have you smiling down on them. You three were the most beautiful family in the world, and you will be together again in Heaven.

  • E.V.M.L.B January 26, 2008 (2:16 am)

    How could have someone who shone so brightly be sent from us so soon? You set a hundred years of love into the time you spent here. Watch over Sean and Julian, sleep in, and know how much EVERYONE loved you.

  • Brock January 28, 2008 (12:36 am)

    Angelia, we shared a common bond in our love for Sean and Julian, and you have been a sister to me since our freshmen year at Kennedy. RIP, and know with no doubt you’re boy’s backs will forever be watched.

  • fcallacurchio January 29, 2008 (12:50 am)

    Angelia, your light shone so brightly on this world. You were the best at your job, and everyone wanted to be you. Heaven is so much more fun with you there.

  • Jen January 29, 2008 (12:05 pm)

    I just found out about Angelia this morning when I went to get a coffee and was surprised that she wasn’t there. Then I saw the memorial/charity info on the window. I was so shocked. She was such a sweetheart, always smiling always thoughtful and caring. She was a true gem and I am so sorry to hear this tragic news. My heart and prayers go out to her husband, son, family and friends. The heavens are a little brighter now that this wonderful woman is in their midst.

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  • Robyn \\ February 4, 2008 (12:28 pm)

    I am so saddened, so beyond saddened to hear about Angelia’s death. I’m in shock. I just found out on Saturday and I have been in a daze this entire weekend. I keep asking myself how could someone so beautiful both inside and out be gone? Nicole and Sean, and the rest of Angies family, I cannot imagine what you are going through, please know that my heart and my prayers are with you.

    It has been awhile since I have spent time with Angie, my first impession of Angie was how beautiful she was, who has legs that long? and Dang her abs, oh my gosh! then my second impression of her was how warm and funny she was and the way she could make everyone around her feel instantly comfortable in her presence. I always felt so good when I was around her, it was the energy that she had. We worked together at night years ago and often times we would all be sitting around and she would do the craziest things to make everyone laugh.

    Although I am deeply saddened I am also very grateful to have had the chance to know her. From reading through everyones posts Angie was the same Angie no matter when or how you knew her.

    Again, much love to her family.

  • Thomas February 7, 2008 (1:37 am)

    Although Heaven has a new ANGELia I still will miss you on earth so much. FLY HIGH” AND KEEP SEAN And julian IN YOUR PRAYERS.

  • West Seattle February 7, 2008 (11:35 pm)

    Angelia, you were, and forever will be unforgettable to every single person that ever had the honor of meeting you. The love and light you brought to this Earth will never dim, we miss you so much, and you made this world such a better place. Be Proud, sleep in for a change, and don’t worry about S and J.

  • C.C February 7, 2008 (11:56 pm)

    Ang, you made my day OK in the AM every day I saw you. Red Cup Espresso is better than prozac for depression. I love and miss you, and you were such a light in everyone’s life. Be proud of your legacy.

  • Felicia February 13, 2008 (11:22 am)

    I just got the news today…. she was to much of an Angel for our world. I know in my heart she is now a real Angel. She touched me more than I could find the words for. Love you Angelia, and I will see you again.

  • 2nd 75th GodFather February 14, 2008 (11:32 pm)

    How cool is it that Angelia was such a force in this life. We should all be half the person she was to make this Earth a better place. She will be in my heart and thoughts forever. Sean, Julian, and Her family will be cared for and protected for the rest of my life. Whatever you need, Sean, just ask, please.

  • February 14, 2008 (11:58 pm)

    Please know how much we loved having you here. All the good memories of you and the coffee shop help to ease the pain of your loss. And I’m talking directly to you Ang. Watch your boy’s. You know I will. Until we meet again. SL

  • Olivia February 15, 2008 (9:06 am)

    I will never forget your beautiful smile, every woman wanted to be like you, every guy had the biggest crush on you. Your kindness and caring for everyone was real. I will miss you more than I can ever express.

  • JIm Fisk February 26, 2008 (2:24 am)

    I just learned of Angie’s passing today and I felt that all of us that knew Angie lost one of the nicest,sweetest,kindest kind of person that anyone could ever hope to know in our lifetime.I first met Angie several years ago and quickly made it a point to stop at the Red Cup on a regular basis,she always made my day brighter.You will be missed so much by all of us that knew you Angie.You touched so many lives in the short time you were with us.My heart goes out to Sean and your son for the unbearable loss they must feel.God bless you on your journey………

  • Fever Rock March 2, 2008 (12:58 am)

    Angelia Maria, you danced better and smoother than anyone I have ever seen. You would put my Rock Steady Crew to shame on any given day. We love you, Sean and Julian will never forget you, and the RSC will rep for you till the end. RIP, everything else I do is for you and Sean.

  • Sean March 2, 2008 (1:20 am)

    Ang, I love reading the posts with all the love for you. I know you watch down on Julian and I, and we feel it every day. Know that I think about you every second of my life, you were the most beautiful women I have ever laid eyes on, my love for you is never ending, and you have pulled me out of so many depressed days.We will be together again soon.

  • RSK March 8, 2008 (1:14 am)

    Fly High on the wings you now have. Earth misses you, but Heaven is so lucky to have you. We pray for you and Sean every day.
    Love from NYC.

  • Veronica March 9, 2008 (11:47 pm)

    You MADE so many of my mornings special. I will never forget you’re smile and love, and gummy bears for my son. We LOVE you Angelia, and Sean and Julian as well.

  • S.K March 11, 2008 (10:30 pm)

    Little Sis from another fam, I miss you, but I know from how you show and proved the love you had for Sean(so much respect) and Julian(You were her everything.) I will never not think about you and how you always made everything better.

  • Jennifer bekkala-simmons March 16, 2008 (1:05 pm)

    I went into the coffee shop last wednesday after a dentist appt. I told the girl to tell angie i said hi. She said you didn’t hear. I said no,what. She told me about Angie. I started to cry. She handed me the picture of Angie and told me Sean was there. I wasn’t sure if Sean remembered me. I met angie about 10 years ago at hart athletic club not 24 hour fitness. I watched julian when she would work out. Then we became friends and I would watch him on weekends at my house. Then years later i reunited with angie at the coffee shop. She was/is such a loving and happy person that was so proud of her family. Julian was her pride and joy. She will be your guardian angel. To julian whenever you think i wish my mom was here to see me, she is and always will be. Until we meet again Angie,much love to you and your family.

  • Nemo March 27, 2008 (3:22 am)

    Sean, Angelia and Julian. Thats how you all rolled, and I loved it. So F much I miss you all as Fam. NYC Love to your 206.

  • Jennifer March 31, 2008 (2:19 am)

    Oh Angie, always so perfect and tanned at any time of day. You made my morning good. Thank You, and shine your love on your boys.

  • Andrea June 9, 2008 (10:24 pm)

    Angelia, you were the first bright light to my morning every day for many years. Thank you for the love and caffeine. And thank you Sean for what you did for her. You 2 Were Soulmates 4 Life.

  • DeAnna June 16, 2008 (11:28 pm)

    I think about you every day Angelia. You were always the high point of my day, and its funny that the 30 seconds I saw you each day set my direction. Watch out for Sean, Julian and Bill. We love you forever!

  • Jill July 26, 2008 (1:28 pm)

    Hey Angie, we all miss you so much. Please put your love in Mikes heart to help him live the rest of his life without you. He misses you so much. Max and I had a talk the other day and he misses you so much. He is angry at God for taking his Aunt Angie, please give him a sign to let him know that you are okay. Julian spent a week with us recently and we had a wonderful time.
    Julian, Dustin, Gabe and I shared stories about you and it made us laugh and cry. Julian wanted to bake cookies for us and he definantly makes your wonderful perfect chocolate chip cookies.
    Please continue to watch over your mom and dad, I’m sure they are just waiting for the day to be with you again. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t talk to you, I hope you are there listening. I love you Ang, One day when we are together, I want to do what we always talked about. Hawaii and a Margarita, laying on the beach all day!!!

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