47°FFog/MistFull Forecast

Barbara Mancuso

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 7:32 a.m. CDT

WAUCONDA — Barbara (Mercer) Mancuso, 88, of Wauconda, formerly of Palatine and Chicago, died peacefully at Winchester House on Monday, Sept. 2, 2013.

Born in Princeton, she was a "feisty one" as people pointed out when they met her. She was proud to tell people that she was an athlete all her life. She bowled and swam at the Y until a few years ago and before that she skated, played tennis, field hockey, baseball, basketball and even football with her brothers. During World War II, she came to Chicago to find work and lived in one of the Eleanor Clubs for women. Married in 1946, she raised her children in Chicago but missed Princeton, writing nostalgic letters and poems that were published in her hometown paper. She also wrote companies, columnists and elected officials if she had something to say, Mike Royko, R. Sargent Shriver and President Clinton among them. She was always active, in the PTA and chorus when her children were younger, the Palatine Senior Center in later years. She worked for Acco and Skil Corps. She was an avid bingo player, loved trips to the casinos and watching tennis on TV.

She is survived by her children, Carol (Ralph) Opsal, Joe (Elizabeth) Mancuso, Mike (Laura) Mancuso, Barb (Miguel) Vivanco, and Bob Mancuso; her grandchildren, Michelle Belline, Joe Mahnke, Wendy Sikorski, Heidi Lau, John Lorenzi, Leonor Vivanco, Anthony Mancuso, Mike Opsal, Michelle Vivanco, Barbie Vivanco, Mike Vivanco, Dominick Mancuso, and Bobby Mancuso; her great-grandchildren, Alexandra Belline, Jack Lau, Charlotte Lau, Ben Mendez, Alex Mendez, Angelina Belline, Maggie Lau, Payton Opsal, and Nora Montiel; her brother, Jay Mercer; and her sister, Mary Smith.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Mae Mercer; her husband, Bob Mancuso; and her brothers, Don Mercer and Col. Roger Mercer.

A celebration of her life will be held at a future date.

You are welcome to sign the online guestbook at

Get breaking news and weather sent to your phone. Sign up for bcralerts!

More News