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“I am so sorry to hear of Karen's passing. She was a wonderful friend although I have not seen her in awhile. I was out of town and could not attend...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Virginia Fedele - TICKFAW, LA

“I will always love you and will miss you forever. Sheila ”
2 of 7 | Posted by: Sheila Anthony - Independence, LA

“MS. KAREN WILL BE SADLY MISSED, SHE ALWAYS HAD A SMILE AND A KIND WORD.. MY SINCERE CONDOLENCES TO YOU ALL. ”
3 of 7 | Posted by: JACKIE BARCIA - HAMMOND, LA

“Mr. Vicky, Melissa & Krista,I am so sorry for your loss. When I think of Mrs. Karen, all I see is a smile :). She was so kind and generous. I will...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Valerie Garafola Brown - Hammond, LA

“Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your loved one. Heaven gained a beautiful angel. ”
5 of 7 | Posted by: Elaine Lewis - Baton Rouge, LA

“Vick So so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you. ”
6 of 7 | Posted by: Norton Anderson - Hammond

“Vic, Krista and Melissa, I am so sorry for your loss. Karen was one of the nicest people I knew. She always had a smile on her face. Everytime I...Read More »
7 of 7 | Posted by: Lorraine Guzzardo - Independence, LA


Karen Mandella passed away on Friday, November 19, 2021, in Hammond, Louisiana, at the age of 72. She was born on Saturday, July 16, 1949 in Independence, Louisiana to the late Jennie Misita Danna and the late Tony Danna. She was a resident of Independence, Louisiana.

Karen was a dear friend to all, and her personality reflected that. She would always greet you with a smile, provide a listening ear and share joy and laughter with everyone she met. She will be missed by many.

Karen is survived by her husband of 53 years, Vick Mandella; children, Melissa Cavallero (Scott) and Krista Harris (Brent); and grandchildren, Bailey Cavallero, Max Harris, and Kate Harris.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Tony and Jennie Misita Danna; and her brother, Charles Danna.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visitation at Harry McKneely and Son Funeral Home, 2000 N Morrison Boulevard, Hammond, Louisiana 70401, on Wednesday, November 24, 2021, from 8:30 AM until 10:30 AM. Mass will be held following the visitation at Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church, 609 3rd Street, Independence, Louisiana 70443, at 11:00 AM.

Interment will follow in Colonial Cemetery, Independence, Louisiana.

To view and sign the family guest book, please visit www.harrymckneely.com.