Gloucester — Elizabeth "Betty" Mannle, 88, of Gloucester and formerly of Pelham Manor, N.Y., and Greenwich, Conn., died Monday, October 22, surrounded by her family. She was married for 63 years to Thomas E. Mannle, Sr., who died in March 2012.
Betty was born on July 16, 1924, the middle child of Walter and Gert Daley and was raised in Pelham Manor, N.Y. She attended Siwanoy School and graduated from Pelham Memorial High School in 1942. She began her college career as a day student at the College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, N.Y. It was while at CNR that she began corresponding with a classmate's brother who was serving in the Army and fell in love. Betty and Tom married on April 24, 1948. It was also during her days at CNR that she and seven of her classmates, Goodie, Les, Cuffie, Millie, Boyan, Barney, Urs, along with Betty (aka "Dale") became lifelong friends.
Tom and Betty and their family of seven children resided in Pelham, across the street from where she grew up. She was an active real estate broker, and helped Tom establish Mannle-Nolan, Inc, a highly successful brokerage operations firm.
Tom and Betty traveled the world and would spend winters in Venice, Fla., with the "villains" of Somerset. Despite seeing many of the world's amazing places, Betty's favorite place on earth was Wingaersheek Beach in Gloucester. She began spending time there as a young girl, in 1932, with her grandfather, WJ Daley, the postmaster in Hamilton. Her father, Walt, built a house there in 1954 and Betty and Tom purchased their own home in 1980. Betty loved the magic of Wingaersheek, and looked forward to spending summers at the beach house. Every June, beginning in 1986, on the occasion of her 40th college reunion, Betty and the ladies from CNR would spend ten days at Wingy — something they had also done in 1946 as a graduation present. It was the highlight of the year for Betty.
Betty loved and cherished her seven children: Thomas, Jr. (Ann) of Gloucester, Robert of Santa Fe, N.M., William (Maggy) of Branford, Conn., Susan Kelly (Richard) of Walkersville, Md., Paul (Lori) of Portsmouth, N.H., Sara Rosetti (John) of Beverly, and Mary Humphrey (Scott) of Pelham, N.Y. She was the proud and loving Ga-Ga to 17 grandchildren: Tim (Stephanie), Brendan, Maura, Devlin, Claire, Ryan (Allie), Kate, Willy, Issy, Erin, and Alex Mannle, Hannah and Christopher Rosetti, Elizabeth, Caroline, Quinn and Shea Humphrey, and one great-grandchild, Stafford Mannle. She is also fondly remembered by many Daley cousins, nieces and nephews and by the friends of all her children, and grandchildren who had the privilege of knowing "Mom," "Craze," "Crazy Betty," "Henel" and "Ga-Ga."
ARRANGEMENTS: Visitation, Thursday, October 25, 4 p.m.-8 p.m. at Leo P. Gallagher and Son Funeral Home, 31 Arch Street, Greenwich CT. 06830 (203-869-1513). Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, October 26, 10 a.m., St. Mary's Church, 178 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich, CT 06830. Burial immediately following at St. Mary's Cemetery, 399 North Street, Greenwich, CT 06830
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Hospice of the North Shore, 75 Sylvan Street, Danvers, MA, 01923 or to the College of New Rochelle, Elizabeth Daley Mannle, Class of 1946, 29 Castle Place, New Rochelle, NY 10805