She lived a noble, generous and illustrious life as family matriarch and a Catholic school educator and administrator.
She was born in Concord on March 27, 1943, and was proud to have lived her life there. Karen was also proud of her Italian, Irish and Portuguese heritage. She celebrated her 80th birthday on March 27, 2023, with family and friends.
She leaves behind her brother, the Rev. Richard Mangini; her cousin-sister, Martha Levada; her nephews and nieces, James and Sandy Mangini, and Jared and Michelle Mangini; her grand-nieces and their husbands, Elizabeth and Adam Drake, Ashley and Matthew Engle, Alexandra and Harrison Fowler, Holle and Raul Linares and Taylor Mangini; and great-grand nephews, Camden, Walker and Lorenzo.
She was predeceased by her parents, Raymond and Margaret Mangini; her brother, Joseph and his wife Sherry; her nephew, Joey; and her grandparents, Andrew and Anna Mangini and Joseph and Catherine Levada.
She will be remembered for her generosity and the wonderful ways that she touched the lives of so many parents, students and friends. Keep her family in your prayers and good thoughts as they imagine new lives without her guiding presence and strong example.
Karen’s family and friends celebrated her life with a vigil service on July 2 and a funeral Mass on July 3 at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church. Burial was at Queen of Heaven in Lafayette, where she will be with her parents, Raymond and Margaret Mangini.
The family requests that you express your sorrow and condolences by honoring Karen’s charities:
- The Karen Mangini Memorial Scholarship Fund at St. Agnes School, 3886 Chestnut Ave. Concord, CA 94519.
- F.A.C.E. office for Mission Advancement, 2121 Harrison St. Oakland, CA 94612.
- Operation Smile Train, 633 Third Ave, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10017.
- St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
- St. Bonaventure Church Food Pantry, 5562 Clayton Road, Concord, CA 94521.
Remember Karen for her loving, outgoing personality, the personal practice of her Catholic faith, and her heart of gracious and complete love and the wonderful human being that she was.