FE­BRU­ARY 17, 1935 - NO­VEM­BER 5, 2018

The Modesto Bee - - Local -

Paul Jr. was born to Paul Mantarro Sr. and Domenica “Mi­cia” Ci­raolo Mantarro in Al­bany, New York, and passed away at his home on Mon­day, No­vem­ber 5th with his fam­ily at his side.

As one of the seven chil­dren of Paul Sr. and Mi­cia, who im­mi­grated from Si­cily, Italy, Paul took pride in his fam­ily’s im­mi­grant jour­ney and their her­itage. In 1939, the fam­ily moved from their farm in New York to a Span­ish style home on the banks of the Tuolumne River in Modesto, Calif. There, Paul grew from a boy to a teenager en­joy­ing the river and all it had to of­fer. Paul at­tended Ceres schools and is a mem­ber of the Ceres High School Class of 1953 who cel­e­brated their 65th re­union this past month.

In the 1940s, Paul’s fa­ther, un­cles and broth­ers all be­gan their lengthy ca­reers at Stanis­laus Food Prod­ucts in which Paul would soon fol­low. Paul be­gan his ca­reer at Stanis­laus Foods in his teens and re­tired af­ter 47 years of em­ploy­ment. He was a ma­chin­ist, who left a last­ing legacy of hard work and ded­i­ca­tion at the Can­nery.

Paul al­ways en­joyed en­gines and things that moved. He spent his early years rid­ing his scooter around Modesto. In 1963, Paul proudly served in the Cal­i­for­nia Na­tional Guard. He also had a num­ber of hob­bies, which in­cluded bowl­ing. It was through his five nights a week bowl­ing at McHenry and Modesto Bowls where he met the love of his life, Von­nell Wil­lett, in 1964. Von­nell was smit­ten with Paul and they soon set July 10, 1965, as their wed­ding date.

Paul and Von­nell have two chil­dren – Lisa and Michael. They in­stilled in their chil­dren-com­mit­ment, ded­i­ca­tion, loy­alty and hard work. In their early years, Paul en­joyed sev­eral hob­bies such as coin col­lect­ing where he was a mem­ber of the nu­mis­matic so­ci­ety, bot­tle col­lect­ing where he was a mem­ber of the Jim Beam Bot­tle and Spe­cial­ties Club in ad­di­tion to his pas­sion for bowl­ing.

In the early 1970s, Paul also was in­tro­duced to Go-Kart­ing and from that point for­ward, Paul’s love of en­gines, speed and kart­ing be­came the fo­cus of his en­ergy. Paul’s abil­ity to syn­chro­nize an en­gine and max­i­mize its per­for­mance be­came his hall­mark. Over the years, he was ac­tively in­volved in sev­eral kart­ing clubs, in­clud­ing the Mill Min­ders Kart Club, Yosemite Kart Club, At­wa­ter Kart Club and Ker­man Kart Club. He was a mem­ber of the In­ter­na­tional Kart­ing Fed­er­a­tion and worked tire­lessly to bring rac­ing en­thu­si­asts to the lo­cal tracks.

Not a week­end would go by where you couldn’t find Paul check­ing en­gines and help­ing oth­ers at the tracks that he loved so much. In the later years af­ter re­tire­ment, in ad­di­tion to the track, Paul could be found at swap meets and drag races en­joy­ing ev­ery minute.

Paul was pre­ceded in death by his sib­lings – Santo Mantarro, Don­ald Mantarro, Mary Atwell, Josephine An­dreotti, Charles Mantarro and Anna Hill. He is sur­vived by his lov­ing wife of 53 years, Von­nell, and his chil­dren – Lisa Mantarro Moore and her hus­band, Randy Moore, and Michael Mantarro and his wife, Nelly Gon­za­lez Mantarro. Paul is also sur­vived by his grand­sons whom he loved so much – Austin Mantarro Moore, Ai­den Mantarro Moore and Lo­gan Gon­za­lez Mantarro. Paul will be greatly missed by his many nieces and neph­ews who sur­vive him as well as all his kart­ing en­thu­si­asts.

Ser­vices for Paul will be­gan on Tues­day, Nov 13, with a view­ing at 4pm, fol­lowed by Rosary at 6pm at Salas Broth­ers. A fu­neral ser­vice will be held at 10am on Wed­nes­day, Nov. 14, at St. Stanis­laus Church lo­cated at 709 J Street with a grave­side ob­ser­vance to fol­low at the St. Stanis­laus Catholic Ceme­tery. A lun­cheon and re­cep­tion will fol­low at the Tuolumne River Lodge lo­cated at 2429 River Road, Modesto.


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