Angie Ann Ragusa Cates

September 17, 1939 ~ February 21, 2022

It is with great sadness that the family of Angie Ann Ragusa Cates announces her unexpected passing on Monday, February 21, 2022, at 82 years of age.   

Angie is survived by her devoted husband, L. R. Cates, to whom she was married on June 17, 1957; a daughter and son-in-law, Tammy Jo Turner and Bruce Gibson Turner, Brookeland, TX; a daughter and son-in-law, Donna Marie Sphar and Asa Rogers Sphar III, Austin, TX; a daughter, Rhonda Jean Brown, Houston, TX; a daughter and son-in-law, Sherri Ann Alexander and Craig Alexander, Houston, TX; a son and daughter-in-law, Roy James Cates and Jennifer Borel Cates, Lake Charles, LA; fourteen grandchildren, Mason Spain Turner, Anna Christina Sphar Vander Hook, Bethany Grace Sphar, Lauren Ashley Brown, Clinton Walker Brown, Dillon Cates Brown, Griffin Hunt Brown, Adrianna Cates Alexander, Analise Cates Alexander, Holden James Cates, Gabriel Ned Michael Cates, Lansen Graves Castle, Timothy Stone Castle, Larkin Conner Castle; eight great grandchildren, Eli Turner-Nunez, Eva Turner-Nunez, Avi Turner-Nunez, Ana May Vander Hook, Alaina Jane Brown, Mia Brown, Laramie Sky Brown, and Travers Conway Brown; a brother and sister-in-law, Phillip Manuel Ragusa and Peachie Ragusa, a sister, Jeannie Ragusa David, a brother and sister-in-law, Ben P. Ragusa, Jr., and Patti Ragusa; a sister-in-law, Marilyn Cates; a sister-in-law, Elizabeth Ragusa; nine nieces and their families; six nephews and their families; and many loving relatives and dear friends. 

She was predeceased by a brother, Peter Anthony Ragusa, and a brother-in-law, James Newton David.

Born Angie Ann Ragusa to Ben P. Ragusa, Sr. and Mary Ann Grasso Ragusa in Baton Rouge, LA, on September 17, 1939, Angie was educated in Baton Rouge, LA, at Sacred Heart of Jesus, St. Joseph’s Academy, and Louisiana State University and worked briefly for the State of Louisiana.  She chose to dedicate herself fully into the highest of callings - that of being a mother, and that’s what she was through and through … a very good wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Additionally, Angie cared deeply for her siblings and their families, her friends and their families, and untold strangers along her life’s journey.  Angie was also a seamstress, a gardener, a geranium healer, a list of chores creator, a potter, a florist, an aspiring author, an avid reader, a devotee of Woman’s World magazine, a pianist, and quite the chef.  Known for her seafood gumbo, red sauce, and unique birthday cakes, she also made an Italian Cream Cake that was beyond spectacular. A life-long, active, and faithful member of the Roman Catholic Church, Angie was involved in the Alter Society and other leadership aspects of her congregation and was a prayer warrior.  Welcoming her parish priests into her home, warming their hearts with Southern hospitality, and sharing her family’s life with them was a particular joy on earth for Angie.

A Funeral Service in memory of Angie Ann Ragusa Cates will be held at 11am, Friday, February 25, 2022, at St. Theresa Catholic Church, 4822 Carlyss Dr., Sulphur, LA 70665, with Father Luke Krzanowski, M.S. officiating.  Interment will follow at the Consolata Cemetery, 2300 Country Club Road, Lake Charles, LA.

Visitation will be held 3 – 8pm, Thursday, February 24, 2022, with a recitation of the Rosary at 6pm and will resume Friday, 8:30am – 10:30am in Johnson Robison Funeral Home, 107 W. Napoleon Street, Sulphur, LA, 70663

Memorials may take the form of contributions to St. Theresa Catholic Church, 4822 Carlyss Dr., Sulphur, LA 70665. 

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  1. Ann raised a wonderful daughter  Sherri and know she must have been an amazing woman. Our prays are with the family and sincerely send our sympathy

  2. It is with a heavy heart that I say how sorry we are for you and your families loss. Angie was a very special lady and will truly be missed by all. Our prayers are with all of you as you go through this very hard time.. Know for sure she didn't want tears only happy smiling faces to say goodbye to her. Live your lives to the fullest in memory of Angie, that's what she would want from each of you.
    . Prayers are flowing for strength and happiness in the coming days. Margaret and Don Cubbage

  3. You can tell that Angie was. Bless and a very happy person. She Always had a smile! We pray that she is the LORD’s loving arms and that peace fills all of us with a healing heart.

  4. Continued prayers and peace to all the family. My Godmother was a special lady and lived such a beautiful life.Her loving spirit will live on through her family. We send love and light to Aunt Angie, on her next journey.

  5. Patti and I send Our deepest condolences to all of you. Our thoughts are flooded with the many memories we have of Angie. As a young boy, Angie was like a second mother to me… she took care of me. As a young man, Angie and LeeRoy would take me and drop me off at dances and pick me up when it was over. They brought me to the movies and were really there for me. Both Angie and LeeRoy helped me as I was starting out as a young man getting ready to take on a wife and career. My heart is broken with her passing, but we are blessed to have had her in our lives all these years. We count her as one of our family angels looking out for us. We love you, Angie…. Until we meet again, my sweet sister.

  6. The world has become a little darker now that Angie has passed.  She will be missed but her Love and Light will continue to live in those she touched.  Though it may be hard not to cry because she is gone, smile because she was here.

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