Mangiamele, Joseph F.
January 7, 1923 - August 23, 2021
Joseph F. Mangiamele, age 98, slipped away peacefully at home in St. Francis, WI on August 23, 2021. He was born January 7, 1923 in Omaha, NE.
Joe grew up in Omaha, tragically lost his mother early, and was like a second father to his younger brother Sam. He was in the military during WWII, received his Masters Degree at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and went on to get his Doctorate Degree in London, England. He met and married Ebba "Ebby" Hjertstedt, and they made their home in Omaha where he was a City Planner. They later moved to Milwaukee, WI where he rose to become Professor Emeritus of the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In addition to his work as a professor, he had a thriving business as a city-planning consultant across Wisconsin, and in Great Britain. With a sharp wit, and command of both history and politics, he never shied away from controversy. Whether giving civics lessons at city council meetings, or fighting to permit the construction of the first contemporary home on Lake Shore Drive, he was quietly persuasive. He was also an active and longtime member of The Italian Community Center.
After retiring from the university he turned his attention to the arts—a childhood passion he never thought he could pursue—and educated himself to become a painter and sculptor. With his typical conviction, he wanted to demonstrate the important influence art and sculpture could have in public spaces by placing his own work. After years of design, his soaring, stainless-steel sculpture named "New Beginnings" can be viewed in perpetuity on the southeast corner of East Chicago and North Jackson streets in downtown Milwaukee.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Sebastiano and Maria (Pistone) Mangiamele; stepmother, Providenza "Nancy" (Amenta-Cattano) Mangiamele; 3 brothers, Carl A. Mangiamele, Angelo S. Mangiamele, both of Omaha, Sam Mangiamele of California; and wife, Ebba "Ebby" Hjertstedt. He is survived by nieces and nephews; and a good friend Annie. He will be sorely missed.
HARDER FUNERAL HOME
Brookfield, WI 262-781-8350
Published by Omaha World-Herald on Aug. 29, 2021.