Margaret Menacarini Obituary

Margaret Ann Menacarini
Margaret Ann Menacarini

December 7, 1932 - 
Born in Warsaw, iNDIANA
Resided in Rockford, Illinois


Margaret Ann Mencarini (née Phelps), 86 years of age died on June 22, 2019.
Marge was born to Donald and Margaret Phelps (Reichenbach), December 7, 1932 in Warsaw, Indiana.
She went to the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music (Summa Cum Laude). She graduated at the top of her class in 1955. She then earned a Masters Degree from Northwestern University Chicago IL.
She married Dominic Anthony Mencarini on November 30, 1966. Together they raised two children: son Anthony Mencarini and daughter Gina (Mencarini) Miller.
Always musical, Marge could play every instrument and was a band leader of an all women swing Jazz band and played Alto Saxophone. She then was a music teacher in Skokie, IL for 10 years, where her students were children of the Holocaust. She later was a music teach and band director in Poplar Grove IL at the Middle and High School. Marge worked and co-owned PIP Printing and Dom’s Printing Service for over 40 years. Upon retiring at the age of 65, she worked as a prep chef at the popular Fireside Restaurant for four years.
Marge was a voracious reader who read three to four books a week. She had a flare for cooking, and a passion for animal rights. She loved dogs. Her favorites were standard poodles. Two of her Poodles Katy and Dinah became certified AKC champions in the United States.
Marge is survived by her son Anthony of Caledonia, her daughter Gina (Brent) Miller of Sheboygan, WI, granddaughters Riley and Amelia, and great-granddaughter Layla.
She was predeceased by her husband Dominic, her grandson Dylan, her parents Donald and Margaret Alice Phelps, and her brother Don Allan Phelps.
Friends and relatives are invited to pay their respects at her home, 8480 Carradale Drive, Caledonia, IL. 61011 on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Margaret Mencarini, 8480 Carradale Dr. Caledonia, IL. 61011

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8480 Carradale Drive
Caledonia, IL US 61011
Tuesday, July 9, 2019
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM