'Reality' hits home for family of 'Mob Wives' star BIg Ang

Renee Graziano at the wake and viewing for Angela Raiola (Big Ang) at the Scarpaci Funeral Home in Brooklyn.Jeff Bachner/for New York Daily News

Renee Graziano at the wake and viewing for Angela Raiola (Big Ang) at the Scarpaci Funeral Home in Brooklyn.

The flamboyant floral displays shaped like the Chanel logo, a drunken monkey pouring a glass of wine and the phrase “GET OVER IT!” brought the reality home that “Mob Wives” star Big Ang was really gone.

The flowers lined the walls of the Scarpaci Funeral Home in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, on Saturday afternoon. Outside, hundreds of people lined 86th St., waiting for their chance to pay their respects.

After the doors opened and the fans and relatives filed in, the service for Angela (Big Ang) Raiola became as loud and full of energy as the beloved raspy-voiced reality star was in life.

“I don’t really know what else to say other than that what you saw on TV is what you got,” said Raiola’s cousin James, who attended the viewing. “That was her.”

Raiola died of cancer early Thursday, leaving behind two children, six grandchildren and millions of fans.

The 55-year-old lay in a gold-fringed casket, wearing a black dress, a fur coat and a decorative scarf covering her head.

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Every room in the funeral home was packed with people sharing stories of the larger-than-life star.

Mass card from the wake and viewing for Angela Raiola. Jeff Bachner/for New York Daily News

Mass card from the wake and viewing for Angela Raiola.

Enlarge Mass card for Angela Raiola at the Scarpaci Funeral Home in Brooklyn. Jeff Bachner/for New York Daily News

Mass card for Angela Raiola at the Scarpaci Funeral Home in Brooklyn.

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Mass card for Angela Raiola at the Scarpaci Funeral Home in Brooklyn.

“She was a very caring woman, very nice,” said friend Joseph Slattery of Staten Island. “She’d do anything for anybody or anyone.”

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Jessica Burkette and Andretti Taylor of Coney Island said they met Raiola in December at the Tryst Lounge in Brooklyn.

“I don’t really know what else to say other than that what you saw on TV is what you got,” said Raiola’s cousin James, who attended the viewing. “That was her.”Jeff Bachner/for New York Daily News

“I don’t really know what else to say other than that what you saw on TV is what you got,” said Raiola’s cousin James, who attended the viewing. “That was her.”

“She told us at the bar that she was sick,” Burkette said. “She opened up to us as friends and was always very humble.”

Raiola, the niece of Salvatore (Sally Dogs) Lombardi, a deceased captain of the Genovese crime family, was diagnosed last year with throat cancer and underwent several surgeries. The disease spread to her brain and lungs in December.

Janine Detore (c), sister of Big Ang, at the Scarpaci Funeral Home in Brooklyn.Jeff Bachner/for New York Daily News

Janine Detore (c), sister of Big Ang, at the Scarpaci Funeral Home in Brooklyn.

“Sometimes I feel I’m gonna be fine, and sometimes I just don’t think I am,” Raiola said in a tearful interview on “The Dr. Oz Show” on Tuesday.

Raiola, a lifelong smoker, underwent chemotherapy, but the treatment didn’t work. The Staten Island celebrity gave fans a look into her cancer battle this month on an episode of “Mob Wives,” which is in its final season.

“I didn’t know her that long but it felt like I knew her for years,” Burkette said.

A second viewing was scheduled for Sunday in Brooklyn, and Raiola will be buried Monday in Staten Island.

“Loveliest lady you ever want to meet,” recalled Elaine Mondella of Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, another friend who knew Raiola more than 20 years. “I wish her all the best in heaven. She deserves nothing but angels around her. I love her. I miss her.”

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