Angela Vanstory was born December 13, 1953 in Statesville, North Carolina, the daughter of the late J. Henry and Marjorie (Campbell) Vanstory. She married New Bedford native William E. Ward on July 1, 1995 in Wellesley Hills Congregational Church. Longtime residents of Needham, they moved back to her native North Carolina, settling in Winston-Salem.
Angela died Monday, August 8, 2022 at home after an illness. She was 68.
She loved her roles as wife, mother, and grandmother.
Angela might well agree with one of Plato's quotes: 'Music gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, light to the imagination, and life to everything.'
Her life centered on music. As a graduate of the New England Conservatory in Boston, she earned her Master's degree in Music with honors in Vocal Accompany and Coaching. She later served on the faculty of the Conservatory; and was adjunct faculty at Boston University and Boston Conservatory. For years, she was the rehearsal and audition accompanist for the Handel and Hayden Society and assistant coach and conductor at Central City Opera and Wolf Trap Opera. After returning to North Carolina, Angela was the principal vocal coach of the AJ Fletcher Opera Institute at UNC School of the Arts.
She leaves her husband of 27 years, Bill; her children, Amanda Lanzetta (Bill Lanzetta) of Melrose and Justin Ward of Hopkinton; her grandchildren William and Isabella Lanzetta; sister of the late Charles and John Vanstory; aunt of Justin Vanstory, Tanya Bohan, Mendy Wade Russell and Lori McKenzie; cousin of Virginia Wiggins.
Family and friends will honor and remember Angela's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Monday, August 15th from 4 to 8 p.m. Her funeral service will be held on Tuesday in Wellesley Hills Congregational Church, 207 Washington Street, Wellesley Hills, MA at 10 a.m. The church will require face masks for the funeral service.
The service will be live-streamed and recorded and may be found at: https://youtu.be/baFcwRsM0t4
There will also be a memorial service at Saint Timothy's Episcopal Church, 2575 Parkway Drive, Winston-Salem, NC, on Saturday, August 27th, at 2 p.m.
Memorials in her name may be made to Trellis Supportive Care, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103.