Obituary takes swipes at family

Feb. 23, 2012 at 3:45 PM
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TAMPA, Fla., Feb. 23 (UPI) -- An obituary printed in a Florida paper and spread across the Internet revealed a rift between the deceased's son and her other children.

Angelo "A.J." Anello, 63, wrote the obituary for his mother, Josie Anello, who died at the age of 93 Feb. 11, and used the opportunity to take swipes at his siblings, The Tampa Bay Times, St. Petersburg, Fla., reported Thursday.

"She is survived by her Son, 'A.J.', who loved and cared for her; Daughter 'Ninfa,' who betrayed her trust, and Son 'Peter,' who broke her heart," reads the third line of the obituary, which was printed in the Tampa Tribune.

Ninfa Simpson, 65, who had an obituary run the following day without the inflammatory language, said her brother falsely accused her of taking vacations using her mother's Social Security checks.

"My brother is not telling the truth. He's having his moment of revenge," she said.

Simpson said Anello drained their mother's savings and maxed out her credit cards.

"They are so riddled with guilt, what they are doing is pointing fingers at me," Anello said.

The siblings agreed their older brother, Peter Anello, cut himself off from the family 25 years ago. The Times said he could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

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