September 27, 2017
Leo T. Mancini, 97, of St. Johnsville, N.Y., passed from this life to the next glorious life on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, at the St. Johnsville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. His family is thankful for the wonderful care received at that facility.
He was born Feb. 19, 1920, to the late Frank Mancini and the late Louise Fiorini both of St. Johnsville. He was preceded in death by one sister, Mary Mancini Mandra of Hollywood, Fla., and one brother, Armand B. Mancini of St. Johnsville. He graduated from St. Johnsville High School and attended the Albany School of Business in Albany, N.Y., where he received an associate’s degree in business administration and accounting. After graduation, he went to work for General Electric in their accounting department as a cost accountant.
He later went to work at the First National Bank in St. Johnsville, as a teller and worked himself up to vice president as First National Bank became Central National Bank. During his career as senior vice president, he was responsible for making all large industrial loans and procuring new banks. He retired in 1975. Retirement just did not suit Leo so he went to work for Montgomery County in their Economic Development Department where he was responsible for developing many businesses as well as the St. Johnsville Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility.
In 1941, Leo enlisted in the U. S. Army Air Corp and served in the European Theatre and also in Morocco, flying over 65 missions over enemy lines. He was awarded the Air Medal with Seven Clusters in recognition of his many missions as well as many other medals for his bravery. He served in the military until 1945. He was a member of the St. Johnsville American Legion, Post No. 168 for 72-years.
In 1947, he married the former Dora Amelia Palombi, who preceded him in death in May, 2003. They had two sons, Leo Gregory Mancini and Michael H. Mancini, both of St. Johnsville.
Leo was always active in his community and was a lifelong member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church where he was an altar boy until he was 16 years of age. He was appointed by Governor Nelson Rockefeller to the Advisory Board of Utica Hospital in Marcy, N.Y., in 1960. He was an avid golfer and loved to take long walks every day.
He is survived by two sons, Leo Gregory Mancini of St. Johnsville, and Michael H. Mancini and wife Martha N. Mancini of St. Johnsville; one grandson, Steven Gregory Mancini of Gloversville, N.Y.; two great-grandsons, Steven Gregory Mancini, Jr., and Thomas Charles Mancini also of Gloversville, N.Y.; Mrs. Marjorie Mancini, sister-in-law, of St. Johnsville; and two nieces, Mrs. Carol Mancini Burkhart and husband, John, of Oneonta, N.Y. and Mrs. Joan Scherer and husband, Kenneth, of St. Johnsville; and many grandnieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, at the St. Johnsville Cemetery at 10 a.m. officiated by the Rev. David A. Johnson, Pastor of Saint Paul Lutheran Church in St. Johnsville. His service will include full military honors. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting a donation to the American Legion Post No. 168 in St. Johnsville.
After the memorial service, the family is inviting all in attendance to a dinner at Lombardo’s Restaurant.
His service has been planned by his devoted family under the supervision of The Enea Family Funeral Home, 9 Center St. in St. Johnsville, (518) 568-2300. Funeral Directors Harry J. & Kevin E. Enea and Martin L. Ciaccia. Online condolences may be extended by visiting www.eneafamily.com on the Internet.