Passed away peacefully on December 30, 2017, at the age of 71. Beloved husband of Marion Mangi. Loving father of Christine (Bradley) Czernejewski and Thomas Mangi. Proud grandfather of Cecilia and Clara Czernejewski. Dear brother of Joseph (Patricia) Mangi, Jim Mangi, and Judy (Jim) Domnitz. Further survived by other relatives, friends, and his cherished dog, Bella.
Jack was a gentle soul, a courageous yet humble Vietnam veteran and a beloved father, husband, grandfather and brother who possessed countless interests and talents and remarkable wit. He grew up on the southwest side of Milwaukee, where some of the best memories of his life were playing with his brothers and friends in Jackson Park Parkway. He was very proud of being a key member of the baseball team that won the 1965 Catholic Youth Organization's City Championship, going undefeated all season. He also excelled at running and was a member of the 4 x 400 meter relay team at Marquette High School that broke a state record his junior year.
Jack was in the Air Force where he served in Vietnam at the height of the war. He was one of few who were selected to guard the U.S. Embassy in Saigon and perform other civilian duties, in part due to his superior writing skills. Following his service, he graduated from UW-Milwaukee with a B.A. in English and spent the better part of his professional life at the U.S. Veterans Administration where he processed home loans for disabled veterans and worked with contractors to make vets' homes accessible for them.
A dedicated husband and father, Jack never missed his kids sporting, music or school events. He served as the coach for his son's basketball and baseball teams for several seasons, was the Home and School President at St. Gregory the Great, his children's grade school, and spent countless hours volunteering at the school. An avid painter, he donated several paintings to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.
What was exceptional about Jack is that he proved you need very little to lead a rich life. He showed that books are your passport to the world - they’ll take you anywhere you want to go. That a blank canvas and some paint are the playground for the imagination. That the pen is a powerful tool. Use it wisely, to dream, to spread a message and to send letters that will bring a smile to someone’s face. Fresh air and a good walk can cure the soul of any ill and clear the mind. Travel, by train, by car, by whatever means necessary to broaden your perspective. But above all, share your heart and be kind to everyone. Try something new. Find spontaneity and joy in each day.
Family will greet friends on Friday, January 5, from 2:30PM to 3:00PM at Gesu Catholic Church, 1145 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53233. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated immediately following at 3:00PM. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Jack’s name may be made to The Salvation Army, 324 N. Jackson Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202 (http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/ways-to-give/) or to The Humane Society, 4500 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53208 (https://35958.thankyou4caring.org/WIhumaneDonations). Read More