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Agatha “Aggie” Libassi Westerhoff

March 3, 2020

Agatha “Aggie” Libassi Westerhoff, formerly of Scranton, Pa., passed away peacefully after a hard-fought battle with pancreatic cancer on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 in Hendersonville, N.C. She was the widow of Jack H. Westerhoff. They were married for more than 40 years.

Born Sept. 11, 1948 in Scranton, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Jessie and Anthony Libassi of Scranton, Pa.

Aggie worked as an OR nurse at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington D.C. for 25 years. After retiring and moving to Brevard, N.C., with her husband, she turned her passion for baking the traditional Italian cookies and desserts she grew up with into a business and became known around town as “The Italian Cookie Lady.” She enjoyed traveling in her later years and visited her family’s former town in Sicily, Italy, in 2018.

Surviving are her three children, Kristin Meola and husband, David, of Scranton, Pa.; John Westerhoff of Hendersonville, N.C.; and Jenny Westerhoff of Calif.; a sister, Pearl Snelling and husband, Steven, of Eidson, Tenn.; goddaughter, Jennifer Esken; niece Morgan Westerhoff; many cousins, friends, and her pride and joy, her “babies,” her grandchildren, Olivia and Max Meola of Scranton, Pa., whom she loved to spoil with trips to “Hands-On” and “O.P. Taylor’s Toy Store” in North Carolina.

A memorial Mass will be held Saturday, March 6, at 10 a.m. at St. Paul Church, 1510 Penn Ave., Scranton, PA 18509.

Interment will follow at Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make donations in her name to Prevent Cancer Foundation: 1600 Duke St., Suite 500, Alexandria, VA 22314 or

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