A send-off worthy of Big Ang. The Mob Wives star was officially laid to rest on Monday after two days of wakes in her honor. Angela "Big Ang" Raiola died last Thursday after a lengthy cancer battle.
"Everyone was trying their best to be strong but it was a very, very sad day," a source tells ET of the funeral.
Big Ang's casket was carried out of the Basilica of Regina Pacis in Brooklyn, New York, by two of her best friends – Celia and Little Jen – followed by Mob Wives creator Jennifer Graziano, stars Renee Graziano, Carla Facciolo, Drita D'avanzo, Karen Gravano, show producer Adam Gonzalez and a "distraught" Neil Murphy, Raiola's estranged husband, the source adds.
"Just wanna say @VinnieMedugno gave a beautiful eulogy for Angela! U were a great friend & I'm sure she was smiling & laughing . #RIPBigAng," Facciolo tweeted after the service. "What a beautiful ceremony for Angela .. Father Jamie was so comforting and he loved Ang. #RIPBigAng."
Following the service, Raiola's sister, Janine, gave a heartfelt speech on the outside steps of the church.
"The funeral was so sad but also beautiful, being a celebration of Angela's life, someone everyone will miss very dearly," an insider tells ET. Her final resting place is at the Resurrection Cemetery in Staten Island.
Prior to the funeral, family and friends of Raiola gathered over the weekend for two days of wakes to honor the TV personality's life.
A source tells ET that Angela's niece, Jeannie, gave a beautiful speech on Sunday, at the end of the wake services.
"She said how her aunt was like a second mother to her, and her best friend," the source shared.