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Remembering Big Ang: Family Celebrating ‘Mob Wives’ Star’s Life On Death Anniversary

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Feb. 15 2019, Updated 6:21 p.m. ET

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Angela “Big Ang” Raiola passed away from brain and lung cancer on February 18, 2016 at the age of 55. On the third anniversary of the beloved Mob Wives star’s death, her family, friends and fans are coming together to celebrate her life.

In an exclusive interview with, Raiola’s sister Janine Detore is telling all on the gathering at her sister's former bar Funky Monkey Lounge in Staten Island, New York on Saturday, February 16.

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“Saturday I’m hoping people come so we could be with her fans,” Detore told “We’ll be dancing to her favorite music, we’ll tell stories.”

Although family, friends and fans plan to come together Saturday, the Country Mouse boutique owner explained how her sister is celebrated “every day.”

“It’s not just once a day, it’s all the time,” she said. "We miss her a lot. I went to the bar last year and I’m going this year, but the first year I couldn’t do anything. I just did a memorial at the church.”

Angela Raiola

Although it’s been three years without the VH1 star, Detore insisted she has always been with her.

“I don’t think she ever left me,” she said. “I think she’s always in my store. There are always signs. She wouldn’t leave me. She never did.”

Detore’s daughter Jeannie, who owns women’s clothing store The Daily Slay, shared to how her aunt has been with her as well, as she communicated with her through a medium.

“She told us she was with us,” Jeannie said. “She told us to pay attention to signs we were getting cause it was her. When we were in my kitchen doing the reading, she said, 'Give us a sign.' My brothers were upstairs. We thought my brother fell off the bed. They came running. They said, 'We watched a toy go from one part of the room to another!"

R.I.P Big Ang.

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