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“From one Macedonian to another, "Bog da go prosti." Remembering the good times we Macedonian youth shared at our annual MYO conventions oh, so long...Read More »
1 of 35 | Posted by: Sylvia Ah You (Georgeff) - CA

“I'm a friend of Bob Sullivan's. Sully intnroduced me to Carl at Sully's Radisson Hotel in Grand Rapids. I was an entertainer in the lounge.May Carl...Read More »
2 of 35 | Posted by: Aldo Diotalevi - Holland Mi., MI

“There are so many wonderful memories of Uncle Carl. He was always making us laugh and how he picked on mom was always a blast. Dinners, baseball,...Read More »
3 of 35 | Posted by: Brandi Gillson - Battle Creek, MI

“Kazzi, I am so sorry for the loss of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May Carl R.I.P. ”
4 of 35 | Posted by: Sherry Hansen - Battle Creek, MI

“Carl was a larger than life man of many talents who lived life to the fullest and who never forgot a friend. Just a fun guy to be around. God bless...Read More »
5 of 35 | Posted by: Sandy aka "Jorge" Healy - FL

“May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. Katie - you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Sympathies, hugs and...Read More »
6 of 35 | Posted by: Kim Furlong - Acquaintance

“The Angelo Lambo Family, now in Akron, Ohio send their prayers to the family. Carl was part of Angelo and Florence's wedding party. He was the last...Read More »
7 of 35 | Posted by: Michele Lambo - Akron, OH

“I knew Carl as father-in-law and friend. He called me Arbolis, I called him Carlos Santana. I loved him and his endless stories about life, ...Read More »
8 of 35 | Posted by: Gary Arbogast - Loudon, TN

“The memories I have of Carl Angelo would probably require me to write a book. Carl was legendary and larger than life itself. Yet, when I was around...Read More »
9 of 35 | Posted by: Jeffrey Wheaton - Battle Creek, MI

“Carl was my fathers friend...quickly became a wonderful friend to me and my family...he will be missed ! ”
10 of 35 | Posted by: Rod James - Friend

“Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with you Mat, Katie and Angelo Family. As your father moves into the heavenly realm with the many angels of your...Read More »
11 of 35 | Posted by: Rebecca Jacobs - Battle Creek, MI

“Well Carl the legion you left us with is fenamual. What a legacy. I learned allot about you this last week. I am happy to say that I am blessed...Read More »
12 of 35 | Posted by: Marie karazim - Hillsdale, MI

“Deepest sympathy from all of the Popovich family to Betty and the Angelo family on Carl's passing. We were fortunate to know Carl and enjoyed many...Read More »
13 of 35 | Posted by: Chris and Olga Popovich - MI

“My sympathy to the family. Carl and I were neighbors and friends many years ago in the East End. I moved to South Carolina and lost personal contact...Read More »
14 of 35 | Posted by: Ken Minier - West Columbia

“Angelo Family: May Gods peace and comfort be with each of you as you mourn the loss of Carl. ”
15 of 35 | Posted by: Jake & Jacqueline Jacobson

“My father and Carl were close friends before EA passed, condolences to the Angelo family ”
16 of 35 | Posted by: Marc Colitti - Battle Creek, MI

“Sorry to hear of Carl's passing. Carl was a very kind and generous person. I enjoyed watching him pitch at Bailey Stadium and the fun times had at...Read More »
17 of 35 | Posted by: Gary Lantz - Friend

“May his memory be eternal. Carl was a great individual of many talents and had a heart that had room for all. He will most certainly be missed. ”
18 of 35 | Posted by: Boris and Vesna Gosheff - Friend

“Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always. I have lots of good memories.. ”
19 of 35 | Posted by: Leonora (Dimitry) Keathley

“I graduated Battle Creek Central High School in 1951. Carl was a friend and we dated a few times. I recall groups of us going out to the restaurant...Read More »
20 of 35 | Posted by: Greta Trumbull Berry Nesseth - MI

“I am so sorry to hear of Carls passing.I grew up in the same neighbor as Carl and I got to know Carl because he was one of my brothers best friends...Read More »
21 of 35 | Posted by: Sandi (Sweet) DeLaney - Friend

“Kristi, Katie & family,much sympathy for the loss of your Father. What a wonderful life and memories. ”
22 of 35 | Posted by: Carol Heffernan - BattleCreek, MI

“My Hero. My Best Friend. MY Dad. ”
23 of 35 | Posted by: Kazzi Angelo-Tupper - MI - Family

“We are deeply sorry for the loss Fzof your husband and father. He will be greatly missed. God's peace be with each of you. Lovingly. ”
24 of 35 | Posted by: Norman & Dianne Vance - TN

“So sorry to hear of Carl's passing. He was a major inspiration in my life and a dear friend. We played basketball together for the Battle Creek Mets...Read More »
25 of 35 | Posted by: Terry Rudd - Englewood, FL

“Carl was an amazing man with a heart of gold. He cared more about others than himself. I considered him one of my best friends as soon as I got to...Read More »
26 of 35 | Posted by: Gary Katz - Friend

“So sorry for your loss he was a Great Man prayers for all the family ”
27 of 35 | Posted by: Lina Justice - Battle Creek

“Our deepest sympathy to the Angelo family. ”
28 of 35 | Posted by: Dave Kinnisten - Sarasota, FL

“To all of the Angelo family, I love you all dearly and Carl was one of the most important persons in my life. He did so much for me and some of my...Read More »
29 of 35 | Posted by: Patrick Frost - Olivet, MI

“I am so sorry to hear of Carl's passing. He was a great person. He and my brother Carl played baseball together for Hall Drugs for many years. ”
30 of 35 | Posted by: Sally Ploehn - Friend

“Carl was always a good friend and I have such fond memories. My prayers are with the entire family. ”
31 of 35 | Posted by: Robert Mobley - Ceresco, MI

“Fathers always live inside your heart and I send you heartfelt sympathy for your loss. ”
32 of 35 | Posted by: Wendy Rominger - Battle Creek, MI

“I am so sad to hear of Carl's passing. He is loved and respected by so many, myself included...Rest in Peace Sir. To his entire family, my heart...Read More »
33 of 35 | Posted by: Marlyn Castner - Portage, MI

“So sorry to hear this, my condolences to the Family ”
34 of 35 | Posted by: Marjorie Gutierrez - Plymouth, IN

“The Brotchko's are together! Boreese, Boreese! My father would respond, Dat's I'm, dat's I'm! Love and prayers to you all! ”
35 of 35 | Posted by: Terri (Geleff) Sookhsi - MI

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Carl Kris Angelo, 88, of Battle Creek died peacefully at home with his family at his side on Wednesday, July 1, 2020.

The former sign near the corner of Hopkins and Capital Avenue Northeast — barely an outfielder's throw to nearby CO. Brown Stadium — for many generations in Battle Creek, both the restaurant and the sport of amateur baseball — will always be associated with Carl Angelo.
Like the man himself, Carl's story is an original. He was born in 1932 in Battle Creek, the son of Naum Traijevski and Mary Ristefski. His parents grew up in neighboring towns in Macedonia and immigrated to the United States. His mom came over with her family in 1916, and according to Carl, "My Dad came across the border illegally from Canada in 1922." Carl would joke that his Dad changed his name as often as a pair of shoes. "Dad seemed to have a different name every time I turned around. He went by Naum Kris, then changed it to Naum Angelo, but in Macedonia, his name was Traijevski."

Soon, Naum made his way to Battle Creek and at age 15 was working fulltime for Grand Trunk Railroad "for 17 cents an hour, and sending every cent he could back home." He supplemented his income with music, playing clarinet as the leader of the Kris Angelo Orchestra, that played eight nationalities of music.
After Carl's parents married, they lived in what was known as "Hunkietown," an area of Battle Creek near Union Street. "Hunkie" was a slang expression, describing southeastern Europeans. Shortly after Carl's birth, the family moved to the east end near Post Cereals and the Kellogg Company.

In 1949, his parents opened Angelo's Restaurant at 1401 Capital Ave. N.E. "My mom cooked all the food — and everything was made from' scratch. I started working there after school when I was 17 years old." Not only did Carl work at the family restaurant after school, he played trumpet in his father's band (and they both played in The Blu Tones for many years), and was an athletic standout in multiple sports.

The family always spoke Macedonian at home. "My Dad taught me many things," Carl remembered in 2004. "A strong work ethic, respect for others, and to always take care of your family."

Angelo graduated from Battle Creek Central High in 1950, where he met homecoming queen and his future wife, Betty Elwood. Betty & Carl were married in 1954, and soon had their first child, Michael.

While Angelo spent two years pitching for Michigan State University, he also played basketball on scholarship at Lawrence Tech., and later with the Battle Creek Warriors and Battle Creek Braves. His rec teams competed in tournaments across the U.S. for the YMCA and the National Hellenic Invitational Basketball Tournament held in Chicago.

Carl was working at Fort Custer when he was drafted into the Army in 1955. Both his musical and his baseball talents were soon recognized in the Army, where he played in the 10th Infantry Division Band and pitched for the 5th Army Champions at Fort Riley, Kansas.

After his honorable discharge from the Army, Carl had planned to resume a professional baseball career. However, with urging from his father, he instead chose to take over the family business, remodeling the interior and renaming it Carl Angelo's Fine Foods in 1958. He would own and operate the restaurant until 2001.
During all those years, Carl continued to play baseball for the love of the game. His amateur baseball career spanned 53 years. His career record is 353 wins and 69 losses — an amazing .831 win percentage.

Angelo pitched his last game at age 70. He's been inducted into several halls of fame, the first of which was the Michigan Amateur Sports Hall of Fame in 1984. A decade later, he was inducted into the prestigious Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in Detroit. He has a special award named in his honor by the Dutch Baseball Federation, from his years of international play (and hijinks) with the renowned Sullivan's baseball team of Grand Rapids.
Carl's reach around the world allowed him to also be included in the Dutch Baseball Hall of Fame, which occurred in 2002 during ceremonies held in conjunction with the 21st Honkbal International Tournament in Haarlem, Holland, the Netherlands. During those ceremonies, his name was associated with the Honkbal tourney's Most Popular Player Award, which was created in Angelo's honor. His hijinks on and off the field are legendary and earned him the nick name, "De Clown."

Angelo is also a member of the Battle Creek Central Hall of Fame, where he helped the Bearcats to a league title his senior year in baseball and was a part of the BCC state semifinalist basketball team. He later went on to play baseball at Lawrence Tech and at Michigan State. He had a short stint in the Chicago White Sox minor league organization before joining the service in 1955.

Carl and Betty have been married for 66 years and raised seven children. Surviving are his wife, Betty; Michael (Maryann) Angelo of Battle Creek; Carla (Gary Arbogast) Angelo of Tellico Village, TN; Kristi Angelo; Kelli (Bob) Angelo-Palmer; Kazzi (Bob) Angelo-Tupper, Katie (Ron) Angelo-McFadden; and Mathew (Amanda) Angelo, all of Battle Creek. He also has 15 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren (with #16 due in the fall. Carl was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Nicholas Joseph Grumeretz; and a great-grandson, Justin S. Wilson; as well as his son-in-law, Douglas Graham.

As active as Angelo was in business and athletics, he never forgot his roots and the sacrifices his parents made for him while growing up in Battle Creek. He was a frequent volunteer for the March of Dimes and the Michigan Special Olympics (winter and summer games) for many years. In 2002, he received the George Award for his contributions and volunteer work in our community. He and his family established an annual scholarship fund for baseball players at Kellogg Community College to honor his mother and