Joseph ‘Joe’ M. Mangini Jr., family was priority

July 30, 2020

Joseph "Joe" M. Mangini Jr., 70, of Rehoboth Beach, formerly of Bear, passed away Sunday, July 26, 2020, at his home following a short illness.  He was born Oct. 15, 1949, in Wilmington to Joseph M. Mangini Sr. and Theresa (Biancey) Mangini.

Joe graduated from Wilmington High School and attended trade school, earning certification for supervisory positions during his career at CSX Railroad.  He retired in 2008, moving to Rehoboth Beach (his dream retirement location) after 34 years of service.  After Joe retired, he became an avid pool player with Cape Henlopen Senior Center league and Monday night APA Team.  In August 2013, his APA team represented Delaware in the APA National Team Championship in Las Vegas.  He loved shooting pool and his pool buddies.

Joe was a quiet, kind, loving person, and his highest priority in life was his family.  The love of family was shared while getting together for family holidays, reunions, family gatherings and other celebrations.  One of his biggest joys in life was attending his kids' and grandson's practices and games for volleyball, basketball, softball, soccer, lacrosse, baseball and football.  Joe enjoyed going on day and overnight trips with CHS.

Joe is survived by his beloved wife of 42 years, Patricia (Higley) Mangini; his sons: Matthew Mangini and Andrew Mangini; his daughters: Theresa Walker (Kara) and Anna Smith (Julian); his grandchildren: Dominic Mangini, Cheyenne Mangini, Liliana Smith and Julian Mangini; his brother, Robert Mangini; his in-laws: John and Helen Sowden and George Higley; his nephews: Christopher Sowden and Jeffery Sowden; and his many cousins and friends.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a celebration of Joe's life will be held at a later date.  Arrangements are being handled by Parsell Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Lewes.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Joe's memory to Cape Henlopen Senior Center, 11 Christian St., Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971.

The family would like to offer their heartfelt gratitude to the staffs of Beebe Healthcare and Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care for their compassionate care of Joe.

Please visit Joe's Life Memorial Webpage and sign his online guestbook at





Amy Matarese

Administrative Assistant

Parsell Funeral Homes &

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