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Capt. Louis Lindbergh "Lindy"

Mandra, USN (Ret.)

AGE: 87 • Atco

Capt. Louis Lindbergh "Lindy" Mandra USN (Ret.), 87, passed away after a long illness on August 11, 2014 in Atco, NJ. He was born on May 21, 1927, in New York NY, the eldest son of the late Louis Mandra and Ersila Celia Stornelli Mandra. His parents named him "Lindy" because he was born in New York City just after Charles Lindbergh landed his historic New York-Paris solo flight. As a teenager, Lindy learned to fly in his uncle's seaplane at City Island, NY, then joined the Marines to serve in WWII. He was an expert parachutist. After the Marines, he flew jets as a Naval Aviator and spent 30 years with Naval Intelligence and the Naval Investigative Service (NIS). He was a marketing executive with New York Life Insurance Company for 30 years. Lindy rode his motorcycle until he was 82.

He was the beloved husband of 60 years to the late Elizabeth Taylor Mandra. They reared their three children in Glen Cove, NY: Kathleen Mandra McBride (William), now of Rumson, NJ, Kimberly Mandra Worley (Daniel), of Franklinville, NJ, and Christopher J. Mandra (Leyla), of Baltimore, MD. Lindy is the loving grandfather of Carter W. McBride, Sofia Elizabeth Seabrook Mandra and Daniel Worley (Kamilla). He is also survived by a sister, Ann Mandra of Hollywood, CA, and a brother, Salvatore Mandra (Angela), of Fairfield, CT.

Lindy and Liz lived in Glen Cove, NY, and Moorestown, NJ, before moving to Atco. They enjoyed traveling with family and friends. They met at SUNY Oswego State Teacher's College, in Oswego, NY, graduating in 1952, and were both teachers in the Rochester, NY area. Liz was an artist and writer.

A Celebration of Lindy's Life will be held for family and friends on Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 2:00 PM, at The Fountains, 114 Hayes Mill Rd, Atco NJ 08004. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his honor may be made to The National MS Society, PO Box 4527, New York, NY 10163, 1-800-344-4867, or, or to your favorite charitable organization. Or, honor the Service of our Military Families with a pledge of hours on a community service project. For more please go to

Published in Courier-Post on Aug. 16, 2014
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