Angela R. “Angie” Ninos

Angela Rose “Angie” Ninos – (97) – of 34 Hillcrest Dr., Alfred, NY died Monday afternoon (October 31, 2022) at Jones Memorial Hospital, following a brief illness.

Born in Delianuova, Italy on September 30, 1925, she was the daughter of Arcangelo & Josephine (Gongemi) Italiano.  Angie’s family moved to the United States when she was 9 years old and settled in Bolivar, NY. Her family owned and operated the Chef Bar & Grill for years.  She was a graduate of Bolivar High School (class of 1946).

Angie was married on October 8, 1949, to John E. Ninos who predeceased her on February 18, 2019.

Angie was a resident of Alfred since 1949.  She & John owned and operated the University Diner, (AKA The Dog Cart), and in 1950 purchased the Collegiate Restaurant.  They operated both restaurants, (Angie serving as a cook) until 1953, when the University Diner was destroyed by fire.  They “retired” in 1996 when they sold the business to their son, John, and his wife Chelly, but continued to stay active and lend a helping hand for many years to come.

Angie had a deep love of the Alfred Community, and in return, she was loved and respected by the citizens of Alfred.  In 1986 both Angie and John were recognized by the Alfred University Alumni Association and named Honorary Alumni.  On December 12, 1993, they both received Honorary Doctorate Degrees from Alfred University.  She was a communicant of St. Brendan / St. Jude Parish and a communicant of St. Jude Church.

In addition to her husband, Angie was preceded in death by her sister Anne LaBella, of Olean, NY.

Angela is survived by her brother Arcangelo “Mike” Italiano, of Glens Falls, NY and four sons, James (Karrie) Ninos of Alfred, Michael Ninos of Murphys, CA, John (Chelly) Ninos of Alfred, and Nikolas (Kara) Ninos of Buffalo; 8 grandchildren, Jill (Bryan) Crandall, Johnny (Ashleigh) Ninos, Kolby (Kristen) Ninos, Trevor Ninos, Jody (Chuck) Skipper, Austin Williford, Aristotle Ninos, and Nikolas Ninos; 5 great-grandchildren; Iliana Ninos, Tyler Crandall, Austyn Crandall, Layla Crandall, Finley Ninos, and several nieces & nephews.

The family of Angela “Angie” Ninos will receive friends on Saturday, November 12, 2022 at St. Jude Parish Church from 10:00 AM until 12:00 (Noon) located at St. Jude Parish Church, Lower College Drive, (SUNY Alfred Campus), Alfred, NY.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the conclusion of calling hours at 12:00 Noon with burial in Alfred-Rural Cemetery, Alfred Station, NY.

The family would like to invite all to The Lake Lodge, 6197 Terbury Rd, Alfred Station, NY following the ceremony for a celebration of Angie’s life.

Funeral arrangements are in care of the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY.

Angie’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name be made to St. Jude Parish Church.

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7 Responses to “Angela R. “Angie” Ninos”

  1. Jim Gaisser says:

    I was in Alfred last week and, of course, stopped in the Collegiate for breakfast. There is a picture on the back wall that was taken years ago of John & Angie. Mr. and Mrs. Ninos to me. I called our waitress aside to make sure she knew what great people John and Angie were. She smiled, she already knew that. Rest well, Mrs. Ninos. Jim Gaisser

  2. Dan Neverett says:

    To me Angie was an Alfred fixture and part of my life in the community. Her passing reminded me of a ‘special’ meal that she use to make for me. It was the cubed steak sandwich with grilled onions and tomato topped with cheese. It was a great way to end a long day. Not only did the Ninos family lose their matriarch, many of us long-time Alfred residents lost a wonderful woman and friend. She will be missed.

  3. Richard Place says:

    My deepest condolences to the family.


  4. Gerald Labie says:

    I worked for Angie and John at the Collegiate while attending AU (’61-“65). More than that we became friends. They were two of the finest people that ever existed. They made the Collegiate a fun and comfortable place for students to gather because they truly cared about every student that ever walked through the door. Over the years they served as positive role models for literally thousands of kids who crossed their path.

    I last saw them in 2014 on one of my infrequent visits to Alfred. Two unique people for sure.

  5. Barbara Magner Rush says:

    Angie and John were treasured by us all during our college years. They were more than friends but also family in so many years throughout our lives. I happen to be at the Collegiate on that fatal day in November of 1963 when John F Kennedy was assassinated and they were such a comfort to all of us trying to understand what had just happened and how to process that tragedy we were not ready to handle. They were both there to hug us, love 💕 us through it all and students gravitated there to be comforted during the day and into the evening. They were and continue to be such a gift and vibrant part of our lives then and live in all our
    memories and will continue to do so forever. Bless your beautiful souls! Barb (and twin Marti) Magner.

  6. Teresa Gaisser-Bent says:

    To The Ninos Family,

    I just received my copy of The Alfred Sun this week. I want to extend my condolences to entire family on your loss. Your mother was a wonderful & sweet woman who will always be remembered. I always enjoyed seeing her @ St. Jude’s when dad and I went to church on Sunday’s when I was in town. Her smile could brighten the room. My thoughts & prayers are with all of you during this time. God Bless each one of you. 😢🙏❤️


  7. Hope Zaccagni says:

    Angie was a true gem and one of the sweetest people I have ever known. She will be truly missed. She and John were the heart of Alfred for so many years. The world will be a little less wonderful without them in it.