Benita R. Mangimelli

Benita R. Mangimelli

February 13, 1923 – May 25, 2020


Benita Rose Mangimelli, 97, Omaha, passed away Memorial Day, May 25, 2020.  Born February 13, 1923, near Winnetoon, Nebraska.  She was the third child of Niles Fred and Leola (Miller) Ayers.  She graduated from Verdigree High School in 1940 and then attended Sacred Heart Hospital School of Nursing in Yankton, South Dakota and graduated as a registered nurse in 1944.  She moved to Omaha and went to work in Dr. Carnazzo’s office. Dr. Samuel T. Mangimelli joined the Carnazzo practice, met Benita, and they were married June 27, 1946.

She and Samuel raised 5 children.  She is survived by 2 daughters; Catherine and son-in-law Steve Rosen, and Jeanne Mangimelli.  Her three sons, Thomas and his wife Kay, Michael and his wife Denise, and Charles.  She is survived by 12 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.  Also, she is survived by her sister Laura Schaben, and brother Willard Ayers.

Benita’s husband, Samuel, passed away February 4,2000.  She also lost a beloved grandson, Dino, last year.  She had lost 3 brothers, Fred, Howard, and Ed.

Benita had a good life mostly as a housewife, mother, and grandmother.  She will be remembered for her love of life and wit.

Private Family Services.  Entombment: Calvary Mausoleum.  Memorials are suggested to a charity of one’s choice.



  • Kim & Cindy LaPier Posted May 26, 2020 7:51 am

    Chuck – Please accept our deepest sympathies on the passing of your mom.

  • maria ruiz Posted May 26, 2020 7:15 pm

    Chuck and family my condolences to you and all of your family. I loved her dearly.

  • Mary Steinberger Posted May 26, 2020 7:42 pm

    Cathy, Tom, Mike, Chuck and Jeanne,

    You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. May Aunt Benita Rest In Peace as she joinS so many family members who have gone before her. Love, Allan and Mary

  • Lynn Ayers Posted May 26, 2020 9:53 pm

    To all my Mangimelli cousins, just a quick note to let you know I am thinking of you. These are difficult days we are going through and to not be with her when she passed or gather together to celebrate her life is just so challenging. I remember spending a Christmas at Aunt Benita’s house and the white carpet throughout. We were threatened within an inch of our lives to not touch or ruin anything. I was afraid to even sit on the couch. She always had such class. I think we all know she had not been happy in years and we know in her passing she is at peace and in a much better place. Much love. Lynn

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