-->Devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, GRACE TESTA MANDOLA, passed away on Friday, the 19th of March, 2010. Even up until her last days she was working in the kitchen. Loving, fun-loving and a vivacious personality, anyone who ever met her never forgot her. She was an advisor and a confidant to many.She was born in Alexandria, Louisiana to immigrant parents Giuseppe and Rosa Testa, from Cefalu, Sicily. After moving to Houston, she married Anthony "Tony" Mandola. At the time of Tony's death they had been married for 58 years. Mama was a woman of honor, dignity, and magnanimity. She carried herself with respect, and respected all people. She was the center of her family's universe. But most of all, she was a woman of deep faith, with a great devotion to the Blessed Mother. Every morning started with an hour of prayer.She attended every major event of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was their biggest fan and they were her stars. Mama had a love and natural talent for cooking. She always credited her mother for this gift. For most of her life she made bread every Saturday for her legendary three-hour Sicilian Sunday lunches. It was around her table that we learned the true meaning and value of family.She is survived by her five children and their spouses, whom she also considered her children; Margaret Ann and Rocco Vallone, Rosie and Johnny Carrabba, Vincent and Mary (Provenzano) Mandola, Tony and Phyllis (Laurenzo) Mandola and Damian and Trina (Compean) Mandola. Surviving grandchildren are Roxanne Vallone, Mary Grace (Vallone) and husband Jeff Thomas, Johnny Carrabba III, Mary Louise (Carrabba) and husband Martin Cruse, Vinceanne (Mandola) and husband Jeff Green, Mary Dana (Mandola) and husband Peter Corbett, Tommy Mandola, Sophia Mandola, Gabriella Mandola, Marissa (Mandola) and husband Clayton Hromadka, Damian Mandola, Jr., Dominic Mandola, Nino Mandola and Ava Grace Mandola. Surviving great-grandchildren are Rocco, Sabrina, Anthony, Dominic and Vincent Thomas; Johnny IV and Mia Rose Carrabba; Toni Louise Cruse; Vincent, Antonino and Gianni Green; Micaela, Julia and Peter Joseph Corbett; and Isabella Grace Hromadka. She is also survived by her longtime friend and sister-in-law Frances Mandola Corona, and her surrogate children, Jack Laurenzo, and Elizabeth and Richard Galvan. Special friends to Grace include Susan Ray, Mary de la Garza and Mary Raia, and a legion of nieces and nephews.Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from three o'clock this afternoon until seven o'clock this evening, Sunday, the 21st of March, in the Jasek Chapel of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston, where the Recitation of the Holy Rosary, to be led by Father Donald Nesti, is to commence at six o'clock.A Mass of Christian Burial is to be conducted at ten o'clock in the morning on Monday, the 22nd of March, at St. Michael Catholic Church, 1801 Sage Road in Houston, where the Rev. Msgr. Frank H. Rossi, S.T.L. will serve as celebrant.Honored to serve as pallbearers are her ten grandsons. Serving as honorary pallbearers are Ciro Lampasas, John Storenski, Paul Mangiamelli, Vincent Lampasas, Sam Lampasas, Pat Anglin, Anthony "Tony" Mandola, Armando Gomez, Manuel de la Mora.The Rite of Committal will follow, via an escorted cortege, in the Garden of Gethsemane at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery in Houston.In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests with gratitude that memorial contributions in the name of Grace Testa Mandola be directed to the San Jose Clinic, 301 Hamilton Street, Houston, TX, 77002-2335; or to the St. Michael Catholic Church Building Fund, 1801 Sage Road, Houston, TX, 77056. -->

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I miss you every day Doley:) You stay in my heart and mind always.
Roxy Girl
August 29, 2010
Damian, We live in Austin and are 'JOYFUL-regulars' at you little Mandola Market...I know the 'foundations' of this most personable place is full of your Momma's recipes and LOVE...recently we have become close to your son Dominic and he informed us of your mother's (his grandmother's) passing away, on St. Joseph's day...A VERY 'ITALIAN' CELEBRATED DAY. Find comfort in knowing we will join our loved ones, in Heaven, one day, never to separate again...Love, Carol (Danna) Villarreal & husband Tony
March 30, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are you and your family. Your Mom was an amazing
woman from all of the testimonies. May
her memory be eternal. Our Love. Judy and Cherise Mousa and Family.
Judy Mousa
March 29, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Mandola and Carrabba family. May you all keep her memories close to your heart. Peter & Helen Cirrone
helen cirrone
March 24, 2010
Tony & Damian our love and prayers are with all your family. She was a great lady and wonderful to the community. Mama is in heaven with the angels and giving them cooking lessons! Manga, manga! Patrick, Angelique & Cecilia Bozalina Davidson (East Enders always!)
March 23, 2010
damian,tony,vincent and rose.grace was a very special lady the our lord placed on this earth.she changed so many people lives that she didnot even know,but just by her personality.damian i remember the dinner at your house when we were at saint thomas,i beleive it was senior prom nite.i will never forget how she treated all of us like were all her own children. i will never forget that. she was a wonderful woman that god placed on this earth. we love you all.
March 23, 2010
Our condolences to all the Mandola family on the lost of your Grace. our prayers are with you.
Mike and Kathy Walsh
March 23, 2010
David Taylor
March 22, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Paul Brown Family
March 22, 2010
Our condolence and prayers to the Mandola Family. May the lord give you the strenght and christian resignation knowing that Grace rest in Heaven.
Celina and Fernando Isart
March 22, 2010
May the warmth and comfort that only God our Father can bring, be with the Mandola families - a most blessed family whose beloved Mother started each day knelt before our Maker in prayer. May Mama Grace's prayers be heard forever. May her love and God's love be known and felt this day. Peace and comfort be yours.
Carl & Ruth Ann Floto
March 22, 2010
There is much rejoicing in Heaven this day because one so special has come home. Mama Grace's legacy lives on in many as she has shown us how to follow Jesus. May all who knew her learn from her example. May you be comforted
in your loss.
Theresa Braun
March 22, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Tony, the Downtown YMCA staff.
March 22, 2010
Vincent, Mary, Vinceanne and Dana

You have our sincere condolences. May God bless and comfort you in this time of sadness. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Brad Freels and Richard Ervin
March 22, 2010
To The Mandola & Carrabba Families,
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of sadness. Take comfort in knowing that Mama Grace is your special guardian angel to watch over you. May she rest in peace.
Cheryl Pradia
March 21, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Grace Mandola. What a beautiful life she shared with many. May she rest in peace.

Seminarian, St. Mary's Seminary
Eli Lopez
March 21, 2010
Dear Rose and Johnnie,

So very sorry to hear of your loss. May your mother rest in peace and be with God. We will be unable to attend the visitation. Our love and prayers.

Rose Marie and Charles Sacco
March 21, 2010
I am Edgar Mosalvo and known Maw Maw for seven years. She is and continues to be an inspiration to me. Everytime I had an opportunity to be at the compound i always made the effort to visit her. She will always tell me " Boi ... you still work here? she will also ask me when I was going to be marry and have children , cause I wasn't getting any .. We will always joke around. She will tell me stories about Vincent and and the kids. We would always end by "Did you have your whisky today?." that was her secret into why she lived so long.. I will miss her alot and it was a true honored that God put her in my path. I will take her wisdom and carefree and humble heart with me always. We love you Maw Maw. ....I will always imagine you sitting down cleaning the basil and making meatballs.. I am a better person because of you.


Edgar Monsalvo
March 21, 2010
Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you. Aunt Grace will be truely missed but our memories of times spent will go on. Love and God Bless to all,

B.J. and Rose Geralyn Ellis
March 21, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with you at his time.
Michael Chmiel
March 21, 2010
We know that your tears will alternate with laughter because, as Mark says, Grace was a pistol. She lived a full and loving life - who couuld ask for more. Our sympathies, Pam and Mark
March 21, 2010
I have been priviledged to be Mamma (Aunt Grace)'s neighbor for the last 26 years. From the neighborhood, to the Oyster Bar to Gina Marie to the kitchen at Nino's she brought life and sparkle to everything she did and everyone she met.

I regret that I am in Bogota and will not be able to pay my respects to this fabulous lady in person. Please know that my thought and prayers are with you all.
Debbie Posey
March 21, 2010
My condolences to the family. How blessed you all were to have Grace in your lives. She will continue in your hearts forever, another shared blessing.
Betsy Parish
March 21, 2010
Tony and Phyllis, I am so sorry for your loss. God Bless Mama for such a wonderful and full life.
God Bless,
Pat Bratcher
March 21, 2010
We are sorry to hear of the passing of Aunt Grace. May She rest in Peace. Joseph and Frances Lonzo.
March 20, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
oscar Marquez
March 20, 2010
We are so sorry. She was always the best to sit next to at a gathering! She will be missed.
Luc, Marilyn and Emma
March 20, 2010
We are so very sorry. she was always the best one to sit next to at a gathering! She will be missed.
Luc, Marilyn and Emma
March 20, 2010
Our heartfelt condolences to the entire Mandola family. We were sorry to hear of Grace's death. You have lost a beautiful icon. May God's loving care be with each of you.

Fairy and Frank Overton
Boise, Idaho
March 20, 2010
My deepest condolences to all of you. Your mom was a very special lady. May all of your wonderful memories of her bring you comfort at this time.
Jeannie LaCorte
March 20, 2010
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Daniel Costello
March 20, 2010
What a wonderful woman, she will be greatly missed. Always great to sit next to at a party! Our sincere sympathy for your loss.
Luc, Marilyn and Emma
March 20, 2010
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Tom & Gina Laurenzo
March 20, 2010
What a wonderful Lady to have come into my life when I was a young boy .I will miss her wit and smile.
I loved her Sam J. Ruffino
Sincere Sympathy,at your great loss.
Sam J. Nora Ruffino
March 20, 2010
harold schumann
what a great family
and our condolences to all of them
laine schumann
March 20, 2010
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