The Life of Benny Mangapora

Prayers will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 13, at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Canfield Chapel, 65 N. Broad St., Canfield, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at the St. Michael’s Parish, Canfield, to celebrate the life of Benny Mangapora, 77, who passed away early Saturday morning, surrounded by his loving family. Benny was born on Sept. 21, 1938, in Flint, Mich., the eighth of 10 children, to Anthony and Marianna (Maggio) Mangapora. He married his high school sweetheart, Sharon Ann (McCarthy) on June 10, 1961. The couple moved to Canfield in 1966, where “Ben” served as a supervisor at the Lordstown General Motors plant for 37 years. His strong work ethic led him to various post retirement jobs, including plant security at Lordstown.

Wanting to keep active, Ben donated his time and talents as a Eucharistic minister at St. Michael’s, where he was a member of the Men’s Club and the Knights of Columbus, a Friday Lenten fish dinner worker, and a volunteer for various other charitable events. Always a dedicated family man, Ben encouraged and celebrated his five beloved grandchildren. He supported them in their academic and athletic endeavors. He especially loved to teach his children and grandchildren the game he loved most, basketball. He was proud of his Sicilian heritage and he loved to cook his homemade spaghetti dinners that were frequently requested and enjoyed by family and friends. Ben is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Sharon; his son, Robert (Sherri) Mangapora and their children, Katherine and Matthew; his son, James (Kimberly) and their children, Sabrina, Mason, and Grace, all of Canfield; his brother, Joseph (Phyllis) Mangapora of Flint; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Albert Mangapora and John Mangapora; and six sisters, Mary Bergy, Lena Thompson, Josephine Harvel, Rose Eppinger, Anna Ware, and Katherine Cartwright. Friends may call on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Lane Funeral Homes, Canfield Chapel. In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider a donation to St. Michael’s Parish Family Life Center. Family and friends may visit to view this obituary and give their condolences.

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