PORTAGE — MIGNOGNA – Jean (Martinelli) died July 26, 2013, at Rebekah Manor, Portage, surrounded by her family after a prolonged illness. Born May 26, 1925, in Portage. Preceded in death by loving husband, Anthony; parents, Joseph and Ottorina Martinelli; sister, Rena Haidet; and in-laws, Dale Howieson, Wayne Haidet, John and Florence Glista, Gloria Delimata and Annie Mignogna. Survived by children, Noreen, wife of Dan Tremel, Portage; Mary Lynn Novelli, Dallas, Texas; Joseph Mignogna, and wife, Theresa (Tranquillo), Houston, Texas; Anthony, Cresson; Lisa, wife of M. Joseph Mink, Austin, Texas; and granddaughter, Toni Lynn, whom she helped to raise. Also survived by 11 other grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Sister of Rosella Howieson, and Jeno Martinelli, and wife, Rosemarie. Also survived by in-laws, Eugene Mignogna; Albert Mignogna, and wife, Clara; and Pete Delimata; numerous nieces and nephews; special caregivers from Rebekah Manor and Southern Care Hospice; and Mary Bertram. A graduate of Portage Area High School, Jean was a homemaker and then worked and retired from the Portage National Bank after 23 years of service. She was a committed member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, participating as a Eucharistic minister and lector, in the choir and folk choir and as past president of the St. Joseph Altar Society. Also participated in community service with the auxiliary to Portage Volunteer Fire Company, Italian Heritage Society and Ancient Order of Hibernians and was past treasurer of the Portage Library. Jean and Tony were honored with the Ubi Caritas Award, a lifetime service recognition from their home parish, St. Joseph Catholic Church. Jean’s greatest joys were cooking for her family, doing laundry and going to daily Mass. Recognition also should be acknowledged from her five children as “Best Mother Ever.” Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Matthew R. Decort Funeral Home, Portage, where vigil will be held Monday. Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Portage, Father Walter Moll, celebrant, and Deacon Joe Mignogna. Committal, St. Bartholomew Church Cemetery, Wilmore. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made in Jean’s name to the Portage Library or St. Joseph People Helping People.
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Betty A. Hasse
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George S. Hoberney
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Robert John Holbink
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William Jacob Huss Jr.
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Mary Louise Leventry
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Betty Louise Lopez
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Mark R. Semelsberger
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Peter W. Chiodo
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Betty Lou (Gray) Crilly
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Joseph R. Latch Jr.
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Michael Joseph Mandichak
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Judith Ann Servantez
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Harry L. Irwin
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Garth Lorrell Litzinger
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