Mary Jayne "Ginger" Mandella

April 6, 1934August 4, 2018
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Mary Jayne "Ginger" Mandella, 84, of San Jose, died Saturday, August 4, 2018. Ginger grew up in Kenosha, WI, where she graduated from Kenosha High School and played guitar and sang in night clubs and radio shows. She moved to the Bay Area when she was 19 years old and met her husband, Victor Mandella.

She was in the Bar and Restaurant Business in the Bay Area since 1954. Her most recent establishment was the Adobe Inn of Cupertino, where she made many friends.

Ginger was the daughter of the late Joseph Shilla and the late Rachela Shilla (Romeo). She is survived by her loving son, Michael J. Mandella and daughter-in-law, Patricia Mandella, and her loving grandson, Michael Mandella, Jr. and his wife, Emma Mandella, and her loving granddaughter, Layla Mandella and her husband, Michael Schachter, and her loving step-grandchildren, Jacyln Kaneko and Kristin Kaneko, and her loving great-grandchildren, Ava and Vivienne Mandella, and her loving step-great grandson, Jaxon Oliverio.

She is also survived by her sisters, Edythe and Violet, and her sisters-in-law Debbie Mandella and Barbara Shilla. She was the sister of the late Giorgio Shilla, and the late Jill Conley.

She is also survived by her loving goddaughters, Jenni Shilla and Lenette Mandella, and will be missed by all.

Viewing Sunday, August 12, 2018, 5 - 9pm with Rosary at 7pm at LIMA FAMILY SANTA CLARA MORTUARY. Funeral Service Monday, August 13, 2018, 11am at Lima Family Santa Clara. Blessing will follow at Santa Clara Mission Cemetery at 12pm in Chapel. Reception to follow at Lima Family Santa Clara's Maridon Room.


  • Visitation Sunday, August 12, 2018
  • Rosary Service Sunday, August 12, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, August 13, 2018

Mary Jayne "Ginger" Mandella

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Pietro Concolino

December 8, 2018

Note to Mike from Pietro:
I met her for the first time in 1989 when I came to see you together with your uncle George and Barbara. I was very happy to meet you all in California. Later I met Ginger in Italy a second time when she came to Calabria with your daughter Layla. My sisters and all the family were very glad to meet them and above all Ginger. We always remember her for Kindness, always with a smile on her face. We spent a few days here in Calabria and when she left she expressed her desire to come back again because she had liked all that she had seen here: people, cousins, landscapes, mountains, sea, beaches. My sisters and I were very sad when we learnt about her death. We always remember her and pray for her soul.

- Pietro and family

Layla Mandella

December 8, 2018

There are so many beautiful memories I have of my Grandma. Many of my favorite memories include Grandma playing her guitar and singing, and all the laughter we would share. I can still hear her amazing laugh. I have never laughed harder than when I was with her.

I am so thankful I was able to spend 2 weeks with her in Italy. We laughed the entire trip! Hiding change under napkins on the train, her not knowing which one of her many names to give when asked her name, trying to load her suitcases on the train in a hurry, spending hours with 2 Italian strangers in a train compartment and laughing and singing the whole time with them, and there are so many more memories from that trip that I cherish. I was so happy that we were able to visit Pietro and his family in Calabria and that Grandma got to see the villages where her father and mother grew up as children. I will always be so thankful for that precious one-on-one time I had with her there.

I feel incredibly lucky to have had such a loving grandmother who was such a pleasure to spend time with. I love you Grandma!

Kristin Kaneko

December 8, 2018

Grandma, I have infinite adoration for you. I just want to let you know that I cherished every moment we spent together and loved our late night talks. I will miss you always but I know you live forever in my heart and everyone who knew you. You had a special way to make us all feel loved and appreciated.
I love you,

Jaclyn Kaneko

December 8, 2018

You were an amazing Grandma, Thank you for everything you’ve done over the years for us. You were always so sweet, your laugh and smile always brightened up any room. Anytime we see white cheddar popcorn we think of you. Thank you for loving Jaxon the way you did, he loved going to your place, and his little nook on the window sill, looking out at the cars. We had so many great memories with you and those will live on forever in our hearts. We will miss you, we love you GG!”
-Jaclyn, Jeremy and Jaxon

Mike Mandella

December 7, 2018

Ginger, at 16 yrs. old, singing and playing her new Gibson guitar with the "Big Bands" in Chicago.

Dianne Trillo

December 7, 2018

Ginger was the Lady, a most wonderful, loving person, and a friend worth more than gold. I shall forever remember her.
With much love,
Dianne Trillo

Mike and Patricia Mandella

December 7, 2018

We love you Mom!

Patricia Mandella

December 7, 2018

Mom, I left this note with you.

Michael Mandella

December 7, 2018

Mom, I left this note with you on August 13, 2018 to read later when you get a chance.

Traci Russo

December 7, 2018

As an adult during the holidays I often remember how we use to travel to Aunt Gingers and Uncle Vic’s. I always had fun playing with cousins and listening to stories. I will miss her telling me stories about where In Italy our family came from. I remember how beautiful my great aunt was and she had a great laugh. She was always smiling. She was one of the most generous people I have ever known. She was an angel who kept all of her family near and far in her prayers. I love you Aunt Ginger and I will miss you forever!