Jan. 15, 1932 – April 6, 2016
Angela Terranova, co-founder of Niagara Chocolates, one of the largest local candy manufacturers, died April 6 at her home in Amherst following a long illness. She was 84.
The former Angela Bella was born in Campobello, Sicily. Her formal education was interrupted by serious illness and the chaos of wartime Sicily, according to her family.
During World War II she met the man to whom she would be wedded for 57 years, John J. Terranova, while he was leave from the Navy. The couple married in 1947.
Together, they founded the Niagara Candy and Ice Cream shop at the corner of Niagara and Virginia streets on Buffalo’s Lower West Side in 1956. The business grew into the largest candy manufacturer in Western New York.
Mrs. Terranova served as sales director of the company and became a pioneer in using chocolates as a vehicle for fundraising projects by local school groups and various charitable organizations. Known as SweetWorks Confections since 2002, the family-owned company, now located at 3500 Genesee St., was acquired in 2014 by Chocolat Frey, a subsidiary of Swiss giant Migros.
While helping other organizations raise money for charitable causes, Mrs. Terranova also was generous in her support of various charities and cultural organizations. She was a member of the Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce, a past board member of Villa Maria College and a supporter of Ars Nova Musicians.
She was a member of St. George’s Catholic Church in West Falls.
Her husband died in 2004.
She is survived by two sons, Philip and Anthony, two daughters, Florence Hubbard and Ann-Marie; 10 grandchildren,11 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
A memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. June 4 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 1035 Delaware Ave.