Angelo Anthony ‘Kayo’ Mandarano

Published 11:26 am Sunday, June 3, 2018

Angelo Anthony “Kayo” Mandarano, 99, of Greensboro, and a former resident of Mocksville, died at Heartland Living & Rehabilitation Center in Greensboro Thursday, May 31, 2018.

He was born July 10, 1918, in New Rochelle, N.Y. to the late Giovanni and Rosa Mandarano. He was also preceded in death by: 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, he became an active young adult, lettering in baseball and football at New Rochelle High School. He enlisted in the US Army on Feb. 5, 1941, serving during World War II for 4 ½  years. He was stationed in Fort Dix, N.J., and Fort Sill, Okla. 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 Aug. 29, 1945.

While stationed at Fort Sill, he met his first wife, Roberta Edl Cox Mandrano. They moved to New Rochelle, where he studied at Trapheagen School of Design to become a patternmaker. Following a career opportunity, he relocated to Greensboro, where they raised a family. He spent 22 years as the head patternmaker for Greensboro Manufacturing, a producer of sleepwear and lingerie. He became a golfer and enjoyed spending time with his sons. To his sons’ neighborhood friends, he was known as “Moose.”.

In 1983, he married Cindy Hendrix Mandarano, and they took up residence in Mocksville, where he raised two more sons. All members of his family enjoyed years gathering at the family house since 1990 at High Rock Lake in Lexington.

Survivors: 4 sons, John Mandrano of Greensboro, Mark Mandrano (Sharon) of Charlotte, Matthew Mandarano (April) of Advance, and Patrick Mandarano of Mocksville; 4 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, N.Y.

On Friday, June 8, a visitation will be held at the Davie Funeral Service Chapel in Mocksville from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., with a time for eulogies from 12:30-1, followed by a 1 p.m. funeral Service with the 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.

Memorials: Davie Senior Center, 278 Meroney St., Mocksville.