In loving memory of William “Bill” Samuel Mandina Jr. 78, who peacefully passed on to his heavenly Father on Monday, August 14, 2023. His children find peace and comfort in knowing their parents are reunited once again.
Bill was born December 6, 1944, in Newark, NJ, the oldest of five children to Bill and Margaret Mandina. He was raised in the Northeast neighborhood of Kansas City and graduated from East High School in 1962, before proudly serving in the U.S. Air Force.
Bill was united in marriage to the love of his life, Shirley Christine Mandina (Ebert) on November 6, 1965, in Kansas City, MO., before they settled in Blue Springs, MO where they raised their five amazing children. Bill spent most of his career in sales, with the majority in vending, eventually opening his own business in 1990, Mandina and Sons Distributing in Raytown, Mo. His success in business was defined by his honesty and ability to build strong and lasting relationships with his customers, many of whom were like family to him.
Bill was passionate about his faith in Christ and his devotion to his beautiful wife and family. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. He truly loved and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, being outdoors, barbequing and listening to music. The memories that he has made will live on for generations. He was selfless in every way and perpetually put everyone else before himself. Above all, he loved the Lord Our God with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his mind, and with all his strength. He truly lived out the gospel daily and treated every person he met with love and respect.
Bill was one of the founding members of St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, where he was dedicated and actively involved with the St. Joseph Table, as well as served for many years as a lector, usher and Eucharistic Minister. He was also a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus.
Bill was preceded in death by his loving wife, Shirley Christine Mandina (Ebert), his parents, Bill and Margaret Mandina, his brother Jospeh Mandina and his brother Mario Mandina. He is survived by his five children, Angie Martell and her children with Dan; Sam, Max and his wife Bridgette and Mary of Blue Springs MO; Billy Mandina and his wife Tammy and their children Natalie and Nicolas of Lee’s Summit MO; Charley Mandina and his wife Lindsay and their children Alyssa and Anthony of Grain Valley MO, Frank Mandina and his wife Jenny and their children Frankie, Mallory Bartow and her husband Jake, Daniel and Annabelle of Grain Valley MO, Mary Packer and her husband Brian and their children Madison, Alex and Joey of Grain Valley MO; sister Madalaine Mandina (Steve); brother Tom Mandina (Angie); and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 17, 2023, from 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm, with the Rosary starting at 7:30 pm at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, 4313 S.W. State Route 7, Blue Springs, MO. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Friday, August 18, 2023, at the church with the eulogy beginning at 10:45 am. Reverend Richard Rocha will be presiding with graveside service to follow at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville, MO.
Pallbearers: Sam Martell, Frankie Mandina, Nic Mandina, Alex Packer, Daniel Mandina, Joey Packer and Anthony Mandina.
Honorary Pallbearer: Max Martell. All of Bill and Shirley’s grandsons.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs. Memories of Bill and words of comfort for his family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.