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May 5, 1911 - April 27, 2003
One week shy of his 92nd birthday, Michael Mangini of San Rafael, CA, passed away peacefully on April 27, 2003, surrounded by his family. Born on May 5, 1911, in New Haven, CT, he was the last child of Luigi and Angelina Mangini.
After acceptance to San Francisco Police Academy, he joined an all Irish cadet class where at roll call he was affectionately called " O' Mangini", to which he responded with his usual laughter. At age 18, he joined the US Army Cavalry Artillery Unit. Three years later, he signed on for 30 years as a career soldier in the Regular Army.
He advanced to the Army's Criminal Investigation Division (CID) where he often worked undercover. He was stationed on military posts around the world. Before World War II, he was assigned to Hawaii after processing through Ft. McDowell on Angel Island. Other posts include the Presidio; Governor's Island, NY; Germany; and Japan.
Upon his retirement as Chief Warrant Officer 4 in June 1962, he enrolled in what was then known as Sonoma State College. Completing his BA and Elementary Teaching Credential in 1965, he brought his love of learning and knowledge to McKinley Elementary School in Petaluma, where he taught 5th and 6th grades for the next 15 years.
He retired again at the age 70 in 1981. During retirement, Michael pursued his lifelong passion for golf at Mare Island in Vallejo, his interest in investing, as well as his desire for knowledge. Despite spending 6 years in a Catholic orphanage during his youth, Michael had two distinguished careers, educated himself on investing, and retained an uplifting sense of humor until his passing. Referred to by family and friends as " a grand and honorable gentleman ", he will be remembered for his sharp mind and fierce independence. It is Michael's sense of independence, dignity, and humor that will be remembered by those whose lives he touched.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Betty Wegesser Mangini, his daughters Marietta Mangini Rodriguez (Sostenes Rodriguez), and Ann Marie Mangini, all of Modesto, CA, his devoted son, Mike, of San Rafael, his grandsons Paul and Ramon Rodriguez, and great-grandson Owen Paul Rodriguez, all of Modesto.
Internment was at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Santa Nella, California.
Published by Press Democrat on May 1, 2003.
The above information is from details which were online here at the time of posting.
Cemetery details are per the Veteran's gravesite locator here.