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Doris L Manganello Svaldi (Sorden)

July 6, 1930 — February 28, 2019

Doris Louise Sorden Manganello Svaldi

July 6, 1930 – February 28, 2019


Doris Louise Sorden Manganello Svaldi age 88 of Montrose, passed away February 28, 2019 at the Colorow Care Center in Olathe, CO. Doris was born 1 of 11 children July 6, 1930 in Mason, Oklahoma to Arch Lawrence Sorden & Lena Marie Whiteley. She moved with her family to Phoenix, Arizona in 1938.

She met her husband Johnny Manganello from Peekskill, N.Y. When she was only 18 years of age, and they hopped on his Harley Davidson motorcycle and eloped to the Phoenix court house to the dismay of her parents. they were married in June 1948. She and Johnny raised three sons, Jimmy, Jerry and, Joey. She later married John Svaldi from Ouray.

She has resided in Montrose for some 50 years. She belonged to and was very active member in many capacities and positions in her wards in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for over 55 years. She especially loved being a Chorister and directing the music in the church. She enjoyed purchasing and creating gifts to take to her bishop for others at Christmas time. She belonged to a lady’s club near her home and loved having fun with her friends.

Doris was a wonderful example of one to us all. She was very funny, fun loving, giving and a Happy lady. She was an accomplished musician, wife, mother, grandmother & great grandmother. She performed all around the Montrose area with her son’s and family in country bands providing some if the finest music with her musical skills and her yodeling. She yodeled recently for her friends at Colorow.

Her hands were rarely still. She crocheted the most beautiful bedspreads and doilies. She was so creative and talented with crafts of all kinds that she sold in craft fairground town. She loved to decorate her home. it was a “Beautiful Victorian Showplace”. At nearly every dinner at her home was a special gift placed on each person’s plate. She loved to love and give to others. Babies were precious to her. If there was a baby to be seen I while shopping, she headed right for it to coo and make goo-goo noises… she also loved animals and had parakeets that she taught how to talk and sing.

Mourning her loss are: Her sons, Jerry, & Joey (Marla) Manganello. Grandchildren: Brandi Walts, Jimmy, Lance, Trent, Heather, Jay and Cosy Manganello. Great grand children: Morgan & Wyatt Walts, Sean & Kimberly Leal, and Liandra & Jake Manganello. Siblings: Brothers Leon, Larry and Johnny Sorden, and sisters: Barbara Pullen, Carol Watson, and many nephews, nieces, cousins and other family members and friends.

Others preceding her in death are: Husband John Svaldi, they were married over 38 years. She also survived her first husband, John James Manganello, the father of her children and husband of 30 years, her son Jimmy, grandson Tanner, her parents Arch & Lena Sorden, and siblings Allen, Donald, Bobby, Rickey, & Kathleen Sorden.

Please join us in Celebration of Doris’ Life on Saturday March 16th. The viewing is at 9:30 A.M. and services at 11:00A.M. the location is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 1521 South Hillcrest drive, Montrose CO. Special thanks to Colorow Care Center and Crippin Funeral Home for their exemplary service, and The Mount Sneffels Ward Relief Society Sisters for their compassionate services.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Doris L Manganello Svaldi (Sorden), please visit our flower store.


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