Manganello, Santo (known affectionately to his family and friends as "Chick") of Torrance, beloved husband of Bernice, passed away Saturday (April 2, 2011) at the age of 85. Chick was born in Johnstown, PA in 1925, one of 13 brothers and sisters, to Samuel and Marie (Marianna) Manganello. He and Bernice, his wife of 58 years, moved to California from Hartford, CT in 1960. They have called Torrance their home for the past 30 years. Chick was retired from Hughes Aircraft where he was employed for 23 years as a quality assurance engineer. During his retirement he enjoyed playing golf with his buddies and bowling and dancing with his beautiful wife. For many years he and Bernice were active members of the Elks Club of Torrance (Lodge 1948), the Sons of Italy (Centinela Valley Lodge #1991) and St. Lawrence Martyr Church in Redondo Beach.Everyone who met Chick was charmed by his warm smile, generous spirit and kind soul. In addition to his loving wife, Chick is survived by his brother Donald Manganello of Crofton, MD; his sisters Carmen Withers of Rockville, MD and Connie Carter of Frederick, MD and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by three brothers and sisters, Phillip, Charles and Anthony Manganello, Angeline Mariotti, Hazel Weinberg, Vera Piowaty, Josephine Socha, Rose Gems and Edith Stanko. A gathering and viewing will be Tuesday, April 5, 2011, 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm, and Funeral Service, Wednesday, April 6, 2011, 10:00am, both at Rice Mortuary, 5310 Torrance Blvd, Torrance, CA 90503. A reception for family and friends will immediately follow in Rice's Lighthouse Reception Room. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to the Sons of Italy Foundation, 1744 W. Carson Street, Torrance, CA 90501 (

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  1. Dearest BeaBea, Although we can not be there tonight to put our arms around you, we want you to know that we are thinking of you. Our hearts are with you. Chick was one in a billion. Loving memories of Chick are filling our hearts and minds. He was a sweet gentleman that graced our lives with love. We send you our love and deepest condolences.

  2. Dearest Bea, I dont’ have the words to describe the love, kindness and friendship that Chick gave me not only as a young child growing up but the love he shared with my own children as well.The memories are countless and only described as “the best of times”.There will never be words to describe the memories everyone has shared and the loving smiles that “chicky”gave every step of the way.We are so sorry for your loss be we are blessed that we were given the gift of his presence and charm for so many wonderful years…….with loving hearts….Doris Shawn Jamieson and Jennifer Scott

  3. Bea Bea, I can’t even seem to find the appropriate words to express how my heart breaks over the loss of Chick. Growing up, I always considered you and Chick as another aunt and uncle in the large family that I was so blessed to be a part of. I know that I am not alone in this feeling, as even though we are not related by blood, you and Chick have always been family to all of us. Chick was such a jovial, kindhearted man that his absence definitely leaves a gigantic hole to fill both in this world and in our hearts. Though he has departed this life, he lives on through the myriad lives he touched and the memories which we all share. I hope that you take comfort in the fact that his purpose here was fulfilled, his struggle is over, and God has called him home to live in eternal light.

  4. Bebe, My heart is saddened by the loss of our Chick. You two hold such a dear place in my heart, I think of you as my second set of grandparents. But I do admit I smile at the thought of my Papa, Chick and Benzo up in heaven together! We love you and we hope to be able to stay in touch! All my love and prayers, Kristy (Kristin Visconti-Grand-daughter of Elsie and Dom Didado)

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