Martha Rose Hanushek Carangelo, 95, a resident of La Joya, New Mexico passed away in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on July 7, 2019. Born September 1, 1923, in Lakewood, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, she attended Bay Village High School near Cleveland, Ohio and went on to graduate from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts where she met the love of her life, John. They married on July 21, 1945, following John's return from WWII and settled in Slatersville, Rhode Island. There she devoted herself to her husband, family and lifelong career as an educator teaching Home Economics and Nutrition in North Smithfield, Rhode Island and later the Danbury, Ohio and South Bend, Indiana schools systems following moves to these cities.
Martha and her husband retired to New Mexico in 1974 moving to La Joya shortly thereafter to raise sheep and grow alfalfa and hay and she continued her volunteer service in the areas of educational access and public good championing the establishment of the Rio Abajo Public Library where she served as librarian for many years. She was a member of, and advocate for the La Joya Community Development Association, the Las Aranas Spinners and Weavers Guild, La Promesa School and Senior Center and supporter of the Sevilleta National Wildlife refuge.
Whatever her project, with her characteristic reserve, graciousness, tolerance, integrity and sense of justice, she strove to attain the best for her family and community. Martha cherished her earlier life in the Midwest and New England, yet she loved her life in La Joya.
Martha is preceded in death by her mother, Catherine Scully Hanushek; step-mother, Florence Hanushek; father, Alex Hanushek; son, Peter Alex Carangelo; sister, Julianna Hanushek Abbott and husband John J. Carangelo. She is survived by her children, Jack Carangelo, Martha Gail Balogh and Paul Carangelo; five grandchildren, six great grandchildren and nephew, Michael Abbott.
Services will be take place at 10 a.m., on August 5, 2019, at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, La Joya, New Mexico. The family wishes to thank the community of La Joya for their help, condolences and support as well as to recognize La Joya and the love Martha and John both had for it and their acceptance into the community. La Joya was her true home. Please sign Martha's online tribute at www. romerofuneralhomenm.com Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St. Belen, NM.