OBITUARY

Anthony Joseph Mandola

January 14, 1941December 25, 2018
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On Tuesday, December 25, 2018, Anthony Joseph Mandola, husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle, friend, passed away at the age of 77. Tony was born on January 14, 1941, to Mercurio (Michael) Mandala’ (Mandola) and Rose Caporina.

He received his bachelor’s, master’s, and juris doctorate degrees from the University of Houston and was licensed by the Texas State Bar in 1968. He worked in the lease department for Exxon Mobil for 20-plus years.

On March 25, 1977, he married Genevieve Andrews Kinsella, and they raised one son, Michael, and two daughters, Rosalyn and Anne. He loved cooking, especially Italian family recipes; playing poker; competing lovingly with his wife and children at “Jeopardy,” chess, scrabble, and countless board and card games; and his family. He was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved brother Frank.

Tony is survived by his wife Gen and their three children: Michael Mandola and wife Amanda; Rosalyn Mandola and partner Ricardo Bueno; and Anne Jones and husband Kyle. He was affectionately known as “Pawpaw” by his grandchildren that survive him: Ethan, Gracie, and Isaac Mandola; and Josephine and Genevieve Jones. He is also survived by his sisters-in-law Janey Gallagher and husband Jeff, Jartha Kinsella, and Lena Mandola, as well as dozens of nieces, nephews, cousins, and their descendants, for whom he had nothing but love.

Visitation will be Tuesday, January 1, 2019 from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm with the rosary being recited in The Hunters Creek Chapel at Earthman Funeral Directors, 8303 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77024. Requiem Mass will be on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at 9:00 am at The Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham, 7809 Shadyvilla Lane, Houston, Texas 77055 with the graveside to follow at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery. The family would like to invite friends to a reception at 12:00 pm in the St. Jude Hall at The Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to the dedicated, tireless, and God-sent nurses of MD Anderson.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the American Cancer Society.

  • FAMILY

  • Tony is survived by his wife Gen and their three children: Michael Mandola and wife Amanda; Rosalyn Mandola and partner Ricardo Bueno; and Anne Jones and husband Kyle. He was affectionately known as “Pawpaw” by his grandchildren that survive him: Ethan, Gracie, and Isaac Mandola; and Josephine and Genevieve Jones. He is also survived by his sisters-in-law Janey Gallagher and husband Jeff, Jartha Kinsella, and Lena Mandola, as well as dozens of nieces, nephews, cousins, and their descendants, for whom he had nothing but love.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Michael A. Mandola
  • John Raia Jr.
  • Vincent Adamo
  • George Alderete
  • Michael A. Foderetti
  • Joe D. Mandola
  • Einar Suter

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, January 1, 2019
  • Rosary Tuesday, January 1, 2019
  • Requiem Mass Wednesday, January 2, 2019
  • Graveside Service Wednesday, January 2, 2019
  • Reception Wednesday, January 2, 2019
REMEMBERING

Anthony Joseph Mandola

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Weldon Taylor

January 1, 2019

I worked with Tony for many years at Exxon. Along with his outstanding education, he was a true intellectual in a sea of pragmatists, which enabled him to contribute greatly to our team’s success. He saw opportunities others missed and was often the most influential person in the room. He was also an outstanding mentor to young professionals and technicians, all of whom greatly admired him. Tony and I shared the experience of fatherhood at a later age and spoke often of the many blessings that parenthood had brought into our lives. When we last talked, he spoke lovingly of the joy of being a grandfather as well. Tony was a treasured member of our team at Exxon and a great friend to all of us. My deepest sympathy to Gen and all of Tony’s family.

Correll Corbett

December 31, 2018

I just heard that Tony had been so ill,and I was sorry to hear that. I remember all the times we participated in events at St. Andrews, and the fond memories, made. I happened to look in the St. Andrews cookbook and came across several of the recipes from the Mandola family. I had underlined the one with the pasta and green peas, it saved dinner on more than one evening! Thank you Tony Mandola for being part of the long ago, good memories of St. Andrews. To the Mandola family, I am so sorry for your loss of your dear husband, father and grandfather. My heart goes out to you and hope the good memories will help fade any painful memories. It is true that time does help, but in the meantime I will say prayers for good memories and hugs for strength. Love, Correll Corbett and family

Louis Milano

December 31, 2018

Tony possessed a great intellect, quick wit and a loving heart. I remember a harrowing tour of Austin in his VW Golf. Gen and I were sworn in to the TX Bar and Tony gave my wife and I a tour. Heading down a steep hill we had to get out so he could back up. Tony and I shared time at Chicago Title. I remember his courage when leaving to try to shore up his deli then run by a pregnant Gen and his mom. We each made our way to Exxon and later I worked with his daughter Anne at Hess. We loved sharing our common Italian heritage. He had a big heart and deeply loved his family. He was a good man who lived an abundant life. Gen and family have my deepest sympathy. Tony will be in my prayers for the rest of my life. God love his family.

Mary Donna Bishop

December 31, 2018

I am so sad to hear about dear Anthony. What a sweet, smart, witty and loving man. I will always remember the great love and pride in his face when he came to my Mom's house one evening to introduce his new girlfriend Gen, the same love pride that the world could see for each child and grandchild as they appeared to bless his life. I also was always so touched at the evidence of his great love for his mother, his big brother, his nieces and nephews. And I always remember his hilarious Oliver Hardy imitation! We will always miss him, and we are so very sorry for his beautiful family - this is far too soon. I pray for Our Heavenly Father's strength and love to comfort you during this terrible time. Love, Mary D. Bishop

Christine Barr

December 28, 2018

His love of his family was obvious, and I will always remember how, when hospitalized at the time of Roz's senior trip, he told her to go - and how relieved we were that he recovered. He leaves behind a wonderful family to cherish his memory, and I can only hope that the memories of his great love for them offer comfort. May light perpetual shine upon him.

Debbie Naragon

December 28, 2018

I was saddened by this news. Tony was a great co-worker, supervisor and friend. I learned a lot from him at XOM. He had a great sense of humor and was quick witted. May you RIP Tony!!

Vicki Hustede

December 28, 2018

I met Tony when I started working at Exxon in 1986. He helped me learn the ropes, training me to analyze agreements and write lease maintenance opinions “the Exxon way”. He was a mentor and a friend for many years. When I was diagnosed with cancer for the second time in 2014, he reached out to encourage me. Later, I reached out to Tony when I learned of his diagnosis and we emailed a few times this year as we were both undergoing treatment. I know how much his family meant to him and I am lifting you all in prayer during this difficult time.

Marty Goin

December 28, 2018

I have seldom met a man so thoroughly devoted to his family!He always worried that he did not know how to show it adequately to you. He said, "In Italian, food = love, but maybe not to them." I loved the way his unabashed pride would shine through. He joked about Gen's piloting skill and her decision to "jump out of a perfectly good airplane", but anyone looking at him could see how proud he was of her. My daughter and I went to see Anne in the Secret Garden and I brought in the program on Monday for him to get Anne to sign it. He was busting his buttons over that - but then carefully told me how proud he was of Ros and the Theater work she was then doing in Austin...and how accomplished Mike was and that he was really going places. The grandkids were the absolute joy of his life! He waited a long time for them and cherished every moment with them! Just thought you should hear from an unbiased 3rd party how much he adored each of you and told anyone who would listen how blessed he was.

Jane Vallier

December 28, 2018

In the short time I worked with Tony at ExxonMobil, I enjoyed his sense of humor the most. He had a sharp wit and keen intelligence. RIP Tony.

Diane Mandola-Jackson

December 27, 2018

I am so thankful that I got to reconnect through FB and see just how much he loved and was loved by his family. Seeing him with his grandchildren was so precious. As sad as this time is, I’m so happy that you all have so many years of loving memories. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
With Love,
Diane Mandola-Jackson

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