Angelo Anthony “Kayo” Mandarano, 99, of Greensboro passed away peacefully at Heartland Living & Rehabilitation Center Thursday, May 31, 2018. “Kayo” was born July 10, 1918, in New Rochelle, NY, to the late Giovanni and Rosa Mandarano. He was preceded in death by his parents; his son Michael Kaye Mandrano; brothers, Anthony Mandarano and Pat Mandrano; a sister Mary Kaplan; and his first wife, Roberta Edl Cox Mandrano. After surviving the influenza pandemic of 1918 which claimed the life of his brother Tony, “Kayo” became an active young adult, lettering in both baseball and football at New Rochelle High School. He enlisted in the US Army on February 5, 1941, serving during World War II for 4 ½ years. He was stationed in Fort Dix, NJ, and Fort Sill, OK and served overseas in the Aleutian Islands, France, Belgium and Germany as part of Battery C 209th Field Artillery Battalion. He received an Honorable Discharge from the military as a Corporal on August 29, 1945. While stationed at Fort Sill, he met his first wife, Roberta Edl Cox Mandrano. They moved to New Rochelle, NY where Kayo studied at Trapheagen School of Design to become a Patternmaker. Following a career opportunity, he relocated to Greensboro, NC, where they raised a family. Kayo spent 22 years as the Head Patternmaker for Greensboro Manufacturing, a producer of sleepwear and lingerie. During that time, he became an avid golfer and enjoyed spending time with his sons in various activities. To his sons’ neighborhood friends, he was affectionately known as “Moose”. In 1983, he married his second wife, Cindy Hendrix Mandarano, and they took up residence in Mocksville, NC, where he raised two more sons. All members of his family enjoyed many years gathering at the family lake house since 1990 at High Rock Lake in Lexington, NC. Kayo is survived by four sons: John Mandrano of Greensboro, Mark Mandrano (Sharon) of Charlotte, Matthew Mandarano (April) of Advance, and Patrick Mandarano of Mocksville; four grandchildren: Art Mandrano of Melbourne, Fla., Nicholas Mandrano, Tressa Mandrano, and Gabrielle Mandrano, all of Charlotte; his second wife, Cindy Hendrix Mandarano Helm of Mocksville; a brother-in-law, Mike Hendrix of Advance; and nieces Lisa Kaplan of NYC and Maura Mandrano of City Island, NY. On Friday, June 8, a visitation will be held at the Davie Funeral Service Chapel in Mocksville from 11 am to 12:30 pm, with a time for eulogies from 12:30-1pm, followed by a 1:00 pm funeral Service with Rev. Father Eric Kowalski officiating. The Committal Service with Military Honors accorded by the VFW Memorial Honor Guard and the NC National Guard Honors Team will follow at Rose Cemetery in Mocksville. The family wishes to thank the staff at Somerset Assisted Living of Mocksville and Heartland Nursing Home of Greensboro for their love and care provided to Kayo. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Davie County Senior Center, 278 Meroney St., Mocksville, NC 27028. Of all his accomplishments throughout his life, he was above all a wonderful, protective, caring, and loving father and grandfather. He was a true role model for his sons showing humor and kindness. Davie Funeral Service is honored to serve the Mandarano family. Online condolences may be posted at www.daviefuneralservice.com.
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Angelo Kayo Anthony Mandarano 2018. Davie Funeral Service
Death notice for the town of: Mocksville, state: North Carolina