Elena Mandara Obituary

Date of Birth:

Saturday, December 30th, 1950

Date of Death:

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Funeral Home:

Congdon & Company Funeral Directors Ltd.
3012 Sheridan Road
Zion, Illinois, UNITED STATES


Elena Mandara, 62 of Vero Beach, FL, passed away on June 13, 2013 at Midwestern Regional Medical Center, in Zion, IL, after a long battle with cancer.

Elena was born December 30, 1950 in Hackensack, NJ. She graduated from Hackensack High School and became a Certified Nursing Assistant. She was involved in working for schools, serving on the Indian River School Board. She worked for Vero Beach High School and Gifford Junior High School for 7 years, and was currently working as a cook for Fellsmere Elementary School for the last 3 years. Elena loved quilting and knitting, but also had a deep love for animals, especially chickens and her 2 dogs, Janeathon and Dominic. She was fond of the country life style and had many farm animals from sheep to bulls. For Elena, Sunday’s were a day of rest. She and her son Rocky would have movie marathons, and they especially loved watching Columbo or Married with Children. Recently, Elena and Rocky made a 1,300 mile trip to Zion, IL. For Rocky, those were the best days, and he will greatly miss his "Mudda."

Elena is survived by her loving son, Rocky Mandara; a good friend and ex-husband, George; and numerous relatives in New Jersey.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Marie Ulturale; Grandma Camella; and a great-grandmother.

Elena's family would like to thank the staff at Midwestern Regional Medical Center for the loving care and support they showed Elena during her time of need. She was a strong woman, but never showed her pain. Memorial donations are suggested to the Family. "You always picked me up when I was down and you made me the person who I am today. I love you mom, can’t wait to see you again." Love Rocky.

Elena Mandara
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