Louis V. Mangiaracina
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Louis V. Mangiaracina
  • January 18, 1927 - July 20, 2016
  • New Jersey

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Louis (Lou) V. Mangiaracina died at his home in Livingston, N.J. on July 20, 2016.

Family and friends are invited to visit on Monday, July 25th from 4:00-8:00 pm at LaMonica Memorial Home, 145 E. Mt. Pleasant Avenue, Livingston, NJ. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, July 26th at 10:00 am at St. Raphael R.C. Church, Mt. Pleasant Avenue, Livingston, New Jersey. Burial will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery , East Hanover, New Jersey.

Lou was born on January 18, 1927 in Brooklyn, New York the sixth child of George and Angela Mangiaracina and was raised in Bloomfield, New Jersey. Lou and his beloved wife Giselda lived in Bloomfield, Newark and Oregon before settling in Livingston in 1959.

He was pre-deceased by his beloved wife of 66 years, Giselda. He is survived by his children, Concetta (Darrell) Buckner, George (Michele) Mangiaracina, Angela (Peter) Castagna and Louis (Marianne) Mangiaracina, his grandchildren, Matthew and Benjamin Buckner, Louis (Dayna), George and Kaela Mangiaracina, Noelle, Cara and Kristen Castagna, Arielle, Michael and Leah Mangiaracina and one great-grandchild Jayden. In addition to his beloved wife, he was pre-deceased by his parents, and his siblings, George, Palma, Russ, Leonarda, Louis and Anthony.

Lou proudly served his country in the US army during the occupation in Germany. Always the life of the party, Lou found humor in even the dark moments of life. He loved a great 'caper' and was the mastermind of many a 'caper' that brought boisterous laughter to his accomplices and the recipients.

Lou was an insurance salesman for Prudential for 43 years retiring 22 years ago. One of the founding members, he was active in St. Raphael Parish and School. A history buff, Lou traveled extensively, embracing the world, inspired and in awe of walking the same paths as those who came before. He was generous of heart and spirit, an uber Dad, and the person his family will always aspire to emulate. He believed and instilled in his family an ethic of hard work, taking risks, and a passion for life. We will miss you Dad, thank you for being ours and we count ourselves as blessed for having you as our father and grandfather. "A little common sense, A little tolerance, A little good humor, And you don't know how comfortable you can make yourself on this planet". Amen Dad!

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Louis' memory to Smile Train, 41 Madison Avenue, 28th Floor, New York, New York, 10010.