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Recent Obituaries

Joseph P. Mangarella
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Visitation

2 to 6 PM
Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Location:
Easly Hindman Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11 AM
Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Location:
St. Bernard Catholic Church

Mangarella, Joseph Paul- 77, Hastings, died December 27, 2017 at Indiana Regional Medical Center. Joe was born in Jamaica, New York on January 9, 1940.  At the age of eight Joe’s father, Paul, moved his family – including his wife Catherine (DiDio) Mangarella, and Joe’s younger brother Peter to Hastings to open Carol Ann Apparel, a ladies garment factory. In 1950 Joe’s sister Lucia was born. After graduating from Saint Vincent College in 1962, Joe married Joan Fransko, and they were married for 55 years. Joe and Joan had three children, Paulette, Joseph Jr., and Matthew.  After his father’s death in 1970, Joe became manager of the firm. Joe’s priorities were: God, family, and friends, business, civic involvement, travel, the Brooklyn/LA Dodgers, and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Joe was active in numerous organizations including the Saint Bernard’s Parish community, the Hastings Little League as a coach/sponsor, the Hastings Park and Recreation Commission. Joe played a key role with the Hastings Industrial Association, where he worked with other borough leaders to secure improvements to Hastings Industrial Park. Joe was very involved with the Northern Cambria Rotary Association and the international exchange program, Rotary’s yearly golf tournament at Cambrian Hills Golf Course, and Rotary’s annual Trivia Night. Joe never stopped – at the time of his death he was working closely with the Hastings Area Library Association to design and fund a new Hastings Community Library which will be built starting in 2018. In the mid-nineties Joe began a long-term commitment to the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College where he became a founding member of the Board of Trustees. At the time of his death he was the only remaining original board member. For many years Joe served on the Pennsylvania State Department of Transportation’s Advisory Committee. Joe was preceded in death by his father Paul, his mother Catherine, and his daughter Paulette Thompson.  He is survived by his loving wife Joan, son Joseph Jr. and wife Rose, son Matthew, brother Peter, sister Lucia, and two grandchildren Gwendolyn and Shane Thompson.  His outgoing personality inspired and impacted many people. He was passionate about service to church and community.Visitation will be 2-6 pm, Tuesday, January 2 at Easly-Hindman Funeral Home, 333 Beaver Street, Hastings. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, January 3 at 11 am at Saint Bernard’s Catholic Church. Joe will be interred at Saint Bernard’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Joe’s memory can be made to the Building Fund of the Hastings Public Library. Arrangements in care of the Easly-Hindman Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., “Exclusive Provider of Veterans and Family Memorial Care.” Condolences may be made at HindmanFuneralHomes.com