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Albert Mancuso
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Mr. Albert "Al" Mancuso, 91, went home to the Lord and his beloved wife and family on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at St. Elizabeth Hospital of MVHS. His loved ones were by his side.

Al was born in Utica on June 12, 1927, to the late John and Ann Marie (Stocco) Mancuso. He was one of seven children. Al was educated in local schools and attended TR Proctor High School. During WWII, he served in the US Army. On July 17, 1948, Al was joined in marriage to the former Emma "Emily" A. DiFranzo. Emily and Al danced their way through life and work. They worked together as interior designers and operated their own business, The Golden Rule Drapery Shop for many years. They shared thirty-six loving years together until her passing on December 17, 1984.

Always the consummate salesman, Al's charm and charisma was his stock in trade. He worked for the Samsonite Luggage Co., later with Parker Bros. and was always proud of the fact that he introduced LEGO to North America. Right up until his eighties, he remained active in the drapery business. Always very outgoing, Al loved to play tennis and golf with friends and loved a good time at parties and social gatherings. He loved to sing along to Sinatra and had a song for every stage of life.

Al is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Mary Mancuso, of Utica; his daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Ralph Leo, of Sauquoit; his "doctors and entrepreneurs" grandchildren, Dr. Mia and Josh Risler, Dr. Ralph and Tara Leo Jr., Joseph and Amy Leo, Gina and Michael Sangiacomo and Emily Leo; great-grandchildren, Daniel, Getu, Matthew, Kiru, Joey, Abigail, Joshua, Jonathan, Jacob, Annabelle, Marco, Leo, Trey, Siena, Estelle, Grace and Emma; his sister-in-law, Betty Cimino; and brother-in-law, Jimmy DiFranzo; also many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins and their families. He was predeceased by his three sisters, Carmella Giruzzi, Antoinette Cortese and Mary Caruso; and three brothers, Sam, Paul and Joseph Mancuso.

"He saw his children and their children to the fourth generation. And so he died, old and full of years." Job 42:16-17

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Memorial Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of the Rosary Church. The family will greet visitors following Mass. He was interred privately beside his wife at Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to his grandson, Ralph Jr.'s, not-for-profit, True Sojourners, Blessing Nations & Empowering People. www.truesojourners.org.

"Life is a bowl of cherries, just don't choke on the pits."
 
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