Carole Anne Crowe Mantia, 73, of Bensenville, IL, passed away at 12:48 p.m. Friday, March 24, 2017. Carole was born December 26, 1943 in Springfield, IL. The daughter of John F. and Helen M. (Grigas) Crowe. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother James Patrick Crowe. She married Joseph I. Mantia in June 1979. He preceded her in death in November 1994.
She is survived by brothers, Michael (partner Margaret), Bryan (spouse Maureen), sister Janice (spouse Roland). Several nephews and nieces.
When she was 2 years old, she was diagnosed with polio, requiring her to wear a brace her entire life. She received a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Quincy College in Illinois. After graduation, Mantia worked for the state as a personnel technician in Springfield, and later was transferred to the Department of Rehabilitation in Chicago where she held the position of personnel manager and rehabilitation counselor. After 25 years of service she retired in 2001. The agency is known today as the Illinois Department of Human Services. Carole also served one term as Bensenville Village Clerk. She was a member of St. Charles Borromero Church located in Bensenville.
Carole loved going on cruises and took several trips to Alaska. She had a passion for Angels, and collected them in all shapes and forms. She also had many dogs over the years, and was especially fond of Dudley and Poppy.
Funeral Service Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 9 a.m. from Geils Funeral Home, 180 S. York Road, Bensenville IL proceeding to St. Charles Borromeo Church, 145 E. Grand Ave, Bensenville IL for Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside IL. Visitation Tuesday, March 28, 2017 from 3-8 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Alzheimers Association to find a cure. http://www.alz.org/join_