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.