Monica Sybil Mandy, 58, of Auburn, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Friday, November 13, 2020. Born on Monday, April 30, 1962 in Nurnberg, Germany to the late George Steven Mandy and Elsie Albertine (Bohn) Mandy. Shortly after her birth, the small family emigrated to the United States.
As someone who traveled the world from a young age, she spent her early years in California where she first discovered her love of the ocean and the magic of a sunset. Her later childhood years were spent in parts of Upstate New York with summers spent fondly with her dearest aunt’s family in Georgia. After graduating from Geneva High School she went on to study at Hobart and William Smith College. She traveled near and far after that and collected friends everywhere that she traveled along the way, most of them eventually becoming “family”. She especially loved summer trips with friends to Canada in later years.
Monica had many passions and talents… She loved to draw and paint and she could free hand anything like nobody’s business. She had a great voice and loved to sing whether to the radio or along with someone else. She made every road trip the best one you’d ever taken. She loved all things science fiction especially Star Trek and made sure that on top of knowing how to be a good person, her daughter also knew the Vulcan salutation. Mom loved her roots. She loved the simple pleasures in life; biking, camping, chopping firewood, swimming, dancing, going out to the movies, delicious food, cute animals, viral videos, and pretty much anything that was good for the soul. And as a true entertainer and connoisseur of the arts she was amazing at doing imitations and impressions. Most memorable to myself were her Foghorn Leghorn, Yogi Bear and Boo Boo, the meanest Woody Woodpecker you’d ever heard and a turkey gobble that could rival that of a live turkey... It always made her so happy, just to make others smile and feel good and if she could get you to laugh that was bonus. Her passion and pride for the people that she loved was visible and felt and we all weep at the loss of our beloved Monica. Devoted Mom and Grandma, and the kindest and most loyal of friends.
Monica is survived by her daughter, Renate Mandy, and her grandchildren, Daniel DiMaria and Margaret DiMaria. As well as family and friends from all over the world who were blessed enough to know her.
There will be no calling hours or funeral services. A private memorial service will be held at the families convenience. Monica will be cremated, as were her wishes.
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