Madeline R. Manna

DELAND — Madeline R. Manna, 87, died July 7, 2018, after an extended illness, at the home of her daughter. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Friday, July 13, at Lankford Funeral Home & Crematory, 220 E. New York Ave. in DeLand. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 14, at St. Peter Catholic Church, 359 W. New York Ave. in DeLand.
Mrs. Manna was born Dec. 6, 1930, in Queens, New York, to Dominic Petrocelli and Rose Amico Petrocelli. Several years later, the family moved to Brooklyn, New York.
As a young woman, Madeline attended fashion-design school in New York City. She then worked for the accounting firm Dun & Bradstreet, where she met her future husband, Andrew Manna. After marrying June 3, 1956, the couple raised two daughters.
ln 1966, the family moved to Los Angeles, where Madeline worked for Kurz, Richards & Wilson Insurance as a transcriber.
In 1973, the family made its final move, to DeLand.
After raising her family, Madeline became very involved in several functions at St. Peter Catholic Church in DeLand.
Later in life, Madeline renewed her interest in art. She especially enjoyed drawing and watercolors.
Gardening was another favorite hobby. She would spend hours weeding and caring for her roses and the assortment of colorful flowers that filled her front yard.
Madeline joined a local chorus group that traveled throughout the Greater DeLand area, giving concerts of seasonal and Big Band-era music.
Madeline will be remembered by family and friends as a caring, giving person, who never said an unkind word about others, and who always put the needs and concerns of everyone else before herself.
She had an outgoing personality and a sense of humor, and never lost her Queens, New York, accent. In fact, decades after leaving New York, people often asked her how long she was “down here visiting.” lt was the family joke. Nobody laughed louder than she about it.
Madeline is survived by two daughters, Elena (Mike) Klasing of Livingston, Montana, and Rosemarie Latham of DeLand; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, John (Jean) Petrocelli of Bridgewater, New Jersey; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and cherished son-in-law Chuck Latham.
Madeline’s family would like to extend its thanks and gratitude to the staff of Woodland Towers in DeLand and Florida Hospital Hospice in Daytona Beach. The genuine concern and care provided made her final months as comfortable and peaceful as possible.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Peter Catholic Church’s Family Life Center or food pantry. Lankford was in charge.
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