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Grace Schmidt Mangel


Grace Schmidt Mangel

Grace Schmidt Mangel, 84, beloved wife, mother, sister and grandmother, and friend, passed away Aug. 11, 2015.

She was born to loving parents, Helen and Ferdinand Schmidt, in 1930 in Somerville, N.J. where she and her sister, Anne, had a wonderful childhood, forging memories of riding horses at Grandfathers' stable and working at the local farm picking fruit and vegetables for .25 cents.

After graduating from high school in 1948, she attended Trenton State College, where she graduated in 1952. In that same year she married Bernard Arnold Mangel, and stayed by his side until his death in August of 2007.

They raised their children, Jeff and Barbara, in a loving home, with beloved pets, Pattycake, Swingin' Sam and Amber. Most of their childhood was spent in California and then Florida. They were actively involved every step of the way with all their children's activities that included swimming, cheerleading, hunting and horses.

She worked as a schoolteacher while in California, and then as the marketing manager for Titusville Mall in Florida. She was respected and admired throughout her endeavors. No matter where they called home, they made it a point to be involved with their children's lives, community activities, and later their grandchildren's lives.

They decided to retire to Brevard after taking several vacations to the area that they came to love. They made their home in Connestee, enjoying the beauty of the lakes, mountains, and waterfalls, but most of all the wonderful people, many of whom became dear friends.

She remained active with tennis and charity organizations, where she truly devoted her heart and soul. From 1990-1995 they both devoted their time and energy to The Children's Center. She helped start the Festival of Trees, as well as starting and managing SAFE's Attic, where she won the hearts of all the volunteers and the women whom the organization was able to impact.

While her life in Connestee was already rich, beyond compare, she most cherished visits from family, and most of all, the adventures with her three grandsons, Jeffrey, Jonathan and Tyler. The memories created were special gifts she carried with her, and her family will carry with them as well.

Her journey with dementia turned out to be a difficult one, lasting nearly four years. She spent her last years at Autumn Leaves, a memory care facility in The Woodlands, Texas. As she always had, she handled this journey with tremendous courage and not surprisingly, grace. She is and will remain an inspiration to all who have had the good fortune to know her.

Those wishing to do so may make a contribution to SAFE in memory of Grace Mangel. Donations can be mailed to SAFE at 50 E. Appletree St., Brevard 28712.

Family and friends are invited to a "Celebration of Grace" Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, at Lake Atagahi Park, at 11 a.m., with a lunch to follow.


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