(TAMPA, Fla.) — Obituaries are usually worded with sentiments about loved family members and friends when they pass away. Josie Anello’s obituary turned into a family feud.
“She is survived by her Son, ‘A.J.’, who lived and cared for her; Daughter ‘Ninfa’, who betrayed her trust, and Son ‘Peter’, who broke her heart,” read the obituary in the Tampa Tribune.
That obit was written by her son Angelo Anello. A second obit appeared in the Tribune written by her daughter Ninfa Simpson, without the denigrating references to herself and her brother Peter.
Josie Anello, 93, of Land O’Lakes , Fla., died Feb. 11, according to both obits.
Angelo Anello refused to speak to ABCNews.com and Simpson could not be reached for comment.
But in interviews with the Tampa Bay Times, Angelo Anello, 63, and Simpson, 65, accused each other of stealing from their mother, a grudge that apparently spilled over into Angelo’s obit.
Josie Anello, whose husband Vito died in 2007, lived with her daughter in North Carolina for some of 2010 to 2011. She then moved in with her son Angelo in Florida.
Simpson said Angelo Anello controlled their mother, forcing family members to go through him first for access, she told the Times, and she accused him of draining their mother’s savings.
Angelo Anello denies his sister’s accusations, but claimed that Simpson and her husband used their mother’s Social Security checks to go on vacation in Branson, Mo., and Alaska.
Simpson denies these allegations.
Josie Anello had one other son, Peter, who distanced himself from the family 25 years ago. He could not be reached for comment.
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