Alma Mantese

July 15, 1923February 19, 2021

Alma Mantese, fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church, passed away peacefully with her sons by her side on Friday February 19, 2021, at the age of 97.

Alma was the beloved wife of the late Larry Mantese; the devoted mother of Gary Mantese and Mark Mantese; the cherished grandmother of Michael Lawrence Mantese, Gary "Spike" Mantese, Anthony Mark Mantese, and Jennifer Ann Mantese; and sister-in-law of Vito Mantese and Gino Giacomello; dear aunt, cousin, and a dear friend to many in her lifetime.

Alma was born July 15, 1923 in Crystal City, Missouri to Eugene and Harriet Tomaselli. She married the love of her life, Larry Mantese, on June 15, 1945 at Saint Ambrose on The Hill. Together they raised their two sons, Gary and Mark in South St. Louis in the house she lived in for 57 years.

Alma loved to read and tend to her garden. She had a beautiful garden. She and Larry hosted many wonderful parties and gatherings in their home, with Larry's fellow musicians, relatives, and friends from all over. She loved playing double solitaire for hours with family members.

Her cooking was amazing! She was the true definition of a gourmet cook. If she liked a dish in a restaurant, she was never satisfied unless she could duplicate it or improve upon it. Her kitchen was her domain.

Alma was sweet, loving, understanding, and a little feisty. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

The family requests no flowers at this time. A Celebration of Alma's Life will be on a later date. Please check back here for more information.

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dan bess

February 22, 2021

Alma was a GEM - one of the sweetest persons I've ever met. You absolutely could not stand around in her home without a drink or food in your hands for very long... Rest In Peace

Chris Eagen

February 21, 2021

Ditto what my sister Jodi said, I adored Alma and will cherish the many memories I have of her.

Jodi Capps

February 21, 2021

Our darling Aunt Alma! I have so many wonderful memories of times with Alma, Larry, Gray and Mark. Alma was the consummate hostess.
Swimming in the above ground pool with Gary and Mark. The great and very festive Christmas’s around the round dining room table! Having my children over for slumber parties. And my goodness, the food, the wonderful toasted ravioli and other Italian goodies! We loved going to their house.
She was incredible and so loved by the Johnston cousins!
A proud and fabulous family has gone with the passing of Alma. Nothing was better growing up than sharing Holidays with the Strim/Tomaselli girls! Quirky, funny and fun loving! The absolute best people in my World!
Gary and Mark, I know you will miss your Mom. We will all miss her. Now it’s time for us to make new memories together and keep the love alive. My love to you my darling cousins.