Peggy Linn Albert Mangano, age 88, passed away peacefully with her family on March 18, 2021 after a long and successful life surrounded by beauty.
She was born on May 18, 1932 in Lincoln Nebraska, the daughter of Melvin Albert and Evelyn Lindemann Albert. During her high school years, she moved with her mother and sister, Bonnie, to Seattle, Washington where she graduated from Queen Anne High School. Peggy began college at the University of Washington, continued at Stephens College, and completed her studies at the University of Nebraska. She was trained as a teacher and speech pathologist.
After teaching in Scottsbluff Nebraska, she embarked on the first of many adventures by taking a job in Germany. While in Germany, she met her future husband, Basil J. Mangano. In 1957, she settled with him in Newell, West Virginia. From that base, she continued to travel the world, teach, volunteer and raise her children. In addition, she cofounded Northern Hancock Bank and Trust in Newell to bring additional financial services to the community. She served as a board member of the bank for over 39 years.
As her children began leaving for college, she pursued her lifelong love of learning by enrolling in art classes at the Kent State University East Liverpool campus. Peggy was a prolific artist throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s, producing award winning paintings, sculptures, and stained-glass windows. Peggy produced numerous art works but was best known for her series of large canvas paintings of roses.
By the 1990’s, Peggy was ready for a new adventure. She moved to Morgantown, West Virginia to start a career as Special Events Coordinator for the West Virginia University Office of Institutional Advancement. She took great pride in organizing events for the president of the University, where she focused on even the smallest details to ensure that every guest felt honored. She also began the tradition of serving “Flying WV” logo cookies at University events.
After initially retiring in Morgantown, Peggy moved to the Providence Point senior living community. She greatly enjoyed participating in the social, cultural and travel activities, forming new friendships along the way.
Peggy’s life was marked by her sense of adventure, grace in the face of every challenge, unshakable will to succeed, and unwavering kindness to all with whom she came in contact. She was a wonderfully supportive mother and grandmother, a steadfast friend, and an inspiration to others. She lived a full and exemplary life.
She is survived by her children, Linn Mangano, Mark (Tracy) Mangano, and Kim (Bo) Edvardsson, grandchildren, Jennifer Mangano, Hanna Edvardsson, Christen Mangano, and Marcus Edvardsson and cherished nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, sister, and infant son, Michael.
The family would like to recognize the dedicated professionals at Providence Point, Comfort Keepers and Gallagher Hospice for their love, honor and encouragement.
Due to COVID 19, there will be no visitation or public service at this time. There will be a private graveside service with family at Locust Hill Cemetery. Once it is safe the family will host a celebration of her amazing life.