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“I have been involved in the Holiday Bazaar fundraiser for Alex for the past 2 years. I live in South Bend, IN and did not know of Alex's passing. I...Read More »
1 of 90 | Posted by: Nancy Nalepinski - South Bend, IN

“Thank you for sharing Alex with all of us. I was really hoping he would win the fight. But I guess god needs him now. I pray that we can honor...Read More »
2 of 90 | Posted by: The glasgow family - MI

“Words cannot express how sorry I am what you are going through. We will continue to keep you're family in our thoughts and prayers. You are an...Read More »
3 of 90 | Posted by: Heather Steinbrook - Bridgman, MI

“My heartfelt sympathy goes out to your entire family. Alex was a beautiful little boy who touched many lives. Please know that Alex and your family...Read More »
4 of 90 | Posted by: Brianna Ianni - MI - Make-A-Wish

“I found this on line during the Sandy Hook tragedy and it really touch our family. I hope this bring some comfort. As I Sit To Write This Card ...Read More »
5 of 90 | Posted by: Cathy, Scott, Lauren and Kristen Gressley - MI

“My heart breaks for the loss of this precious child . He will no longer suffer for he is now one of Gods angels ! ”
6 of 90 | Posted by: Charlotte Monac - New Brighton, PA

“We are sending many daily prayers to you and your families. Our hearts ache for you. Many Hugs, Sarah, Gabe, and Karr ”
7 of 90 | Posted by: Sarah and Gabe Vander Baan - Ada, MI

“Rest in peace sweet angel. ”
8 of 90 | Posted by: Tiffany Stanley - IL

“I never met you Alex, I never met your family but know through others who prayed for you every day how loved you are, your strong nature and faith,...Read More »
9 of 90 | Posted by: Carrie B - San Tan Valley, AZ

“Peace is now flowing like a river. God's peace to you and the family. ”
10 of 90 | Posted by: Jan Anderson - Stevensville, MI

“Alex has touched our community in a very special way. He is pure blessing! Thank you for sharing his very difficult but courageous journey with us...Read More »
11 of 90 | Posted by: Lynn Brunner

“I've met him once in my life.I'm really good friends with their cousins Zach and Sam. They told me a lot about Alex he was a brave little boy and we...Read More »
12 of 90 | Posted by: Will Schroeder - St Joseph, MI

“I dd not know Alex but he has been on our prayer chain for a very long time. He has been in my prayers and thoughts many times. He was a real...Read More »
13 of 90 | Posted by: Marge Yetzke - WATERVLIET, MI

“I didnt know Alex..but I just wanted to give my deepest heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. I wish you comfort peace and understanding...Read More »
14 of 90 | Posted by: Tahli Gaikwad - Berrien Springs, MI

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Alex's precious family and numerous friends at this tragic time So many lives have been touched by Alex's...Read More »
15 of 90 | Posted by: Kimberly Fellows

“Alex was a brave and courageous little boy. He taught our community a lot about enjoying life each and every day. I loved looking at the pictures of...Read More »
16 of 90 | Posted by: Marcie Pahl - Stevensville, MI

“Such a beautiful child and now a beautiful angel. I pray that God will ease your pain and give you the strength to continue on your...Read More »
17 of 90 | Posted by: Barb (Weber) Ashley - MI - friend

“Our hearts and prayers are with you, Dear Alex and Family. Hugs, Joey Thompson (NB warrior) and Grandma Dawn ”
18 of 90 | Posted by: Grandma Dawn Thompson - Omaha, NE

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Brad and Stephanie Kerlikowske ”
19 of 90 | Posted by: Stephanie Kerlikowske - Baroda, MI

“John, I was so sorry to hear about the loss of your grandson Alex. I pray that GOD embrace you and your entire family and provide you all with an...Read More »
20 of 90 | Posted by: Paul Koehneke - Springboro, OH

“From the mouth of our four year old "It's sad that he died Mommy, but now he is an angel and he doesn't hurt any more" We don't know you personally,...Read More »
21 of 90 | Posted by: The Wilson Family - St. Joseph, MI

“Three years ago our family fell in love with a beautiful little boy, named Alex. (Kasey worked with Alex's dad, Tony, and Lisa worked with Alex's...Read More »
22 of 90 | Posted by: Lisa, Kelly & Kasey Laughlin - MI

“I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers and thoughts are with you and the family. He will always have a place in my heart. ”
23 of 90 | Posted by: Nurse Anna

“Praying for peace and comfort. ”
24 of 90 | Posted by: Holly Morey - St. Joe, MI

“you are flying with the angles one who one I have just lost as a friend, she will love you as God does. ”
25 of 90 | Posted by: joni frazier - MI

“It's hard to understand a loss like your, but hope you know that others are thinking of you and wishing you comfort and peace. ”
26 of 90 | Posted by: Robert and Rebecca Brandt - MI

“To the Mandarino Family, Tony, I remember talking to you at Alex's Duck Run about the amount of people that showed up to support you, Alex and the...Read More »
27 of 90 | Posted by: Drew Radtke - St. Joseph, MI, MI

“My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Mandarino and Ludwig family. Alex is a true inspiration to all of us. God bless and best wishes. ...Read More »
28 of 90 | Posted by: Adam Fechner

“In your time of sorrow may you find comfort in your precious memories of Alex.. ”
29 of 90 | Posted by: Ron and Betsy Brandt - Three oaks, MI

“My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family. Love to all of you ”
30 of 90 | Posted by: Brooke - St. Joseph, MI

“A family friend introduced me to Alex's life prior to the Duck Duck Run. I am very sorry for your loss of a remarkable boy who was clearly...Read More »
31 of 90 | Posted by: Andrea MacKenzie - Bellevue, MI

“My heart goes out to you, May God Bless You and give you Comfort and Peace. ”
32 of 90 | Posted by: Rhonda Russell - St. Joseph, MI

“An educator at five, Alex taught us all lessons in life. A wonderful little boy with an infectious smile showed us how to face great perile with...Read More »
33 of 90 | Posted by: Bill & Sandy Sullivan - St Joseph, MI

“The strength of your beautiful family will always be an inspiration. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
34 of 90 | Posted by: Wendy Marshall - Huntington Beach, CA

“I am truly sorry for your loss. Loss of a child is heartbreaking. My heart aches for you and your family, Alex was a wonderful child and will be miss...Read More »
35 of 90 | Posted by: Debra Adams - South Bend, IN

“I am so sorry for your loss of such a precious little boy. I am keeping all of u in my prayers. ”
36 of 90 | Posted by: Kathy Ruff - St. Joseph, MI

“May God Bless this family, prayers for them. I do not know this family but a friend posted a link and I read this lil guy's story and it touched my...Read More »
37 of 90 | Posted by: Jennifer Wilson - Bridgman, MI

“Although I did not know alex, his story saddens me so. I cannot imagine your pain of his psssing. As I read the condolenses on his page, I realized...Read More »
38 of 90 | Posted by: karen cowan - berrien springs, MI

“Tony, Katie, Bella... Jim, Beth... Jamie, Josh, Chad...(and families) There are no words to express our deepest sympathy, empathy and love for you...Read More »
39 of 90 | Posted by: Amy DiMaggio & Family & Marilyn Richter - MI

“I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Alex. My thoughts are prayers are with the whole family. ”
40 of 90 | Posted by: Karen Neumann Eich - Barrington, IL

“So sorry for your loss. Praying for you and your family. ”
41 of 90 | Posted by: Jen Stumpo - Sarasota, FL

“We have no words to express our feelings for your family. We send you our love, our prayers, and our peace. May God bless you and give you strength...Read More »
42 of 90 | Posted by: Shirley LoPresti and Family - MI

“Alex Mandarino is truly an inspiration to us all! Courageous, strong, non-complainer, and tough was our nephew/cousin. He had such a beautiful smile...Read More »
43 of 90 | Posted by: Chad, Kristy, Zach, Sam, Ally, and Ava - MI

“Dear Katie, Tony and family, Our hearts are saddened by the loss of brave little Alex. It is so hard to understand why this had to be and only...Read More »
44 of 90 | Posted by: Nina & Craig Rochau - St. Joseph, MI

“I am so sad that you were taken so soon from your mommy and daddy's arms. But now you are in the arms of our Lord. He will protect you and give you...Read More »
45 of 90 | Posted by: Miriam - Orange, CT

“Tony, Katie, and Bella, I am so sorry for your loss. Alex has taught so many what being brave is all about. He is an inspiration! His smile could...Read More »
46 of 90 | Posted by: Karie Nyenhuis - Grand Rapids, MI

“We've followed Alex on his courageous journey and wish you all peace and comfort at this time. As tears roll down my face I think back to a comment...Read More »
47 of 90 | Posted by: The Pilarski Family - Macomb Twp, MI

“I can't help but think of Alex and how much he and Abby both enjoyed Trix yogurt. Seems a silly memory when Alex and your family did so much to help...Read More »
48 of 90 | Posted by: Donna Kakarala - Oakton, VA

“Alex was a beautiful child and was loved by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you....may God give you the strength you need to make it...Read More »
49 of 90 | Posted by: Gina. Warren and Kinsey Mason - MI

“With deepest sympathy to the Mardarino family: My thoughts and prayers are with you during your special hour. ”
50 of 90 | Posted by: L. Sonny Bowens - Lansing, MI

“Mandarino Family, my heart aches for u at this time. Stay strong, and fall back on family and friends. Love u all. Mike&Cathy Bingaman ”
51 of 90 | Posted by: mike and cathy Bingaman - MI

“Dear Katie and Tony and family, Our hearts and prayers are with you. May God's love see you through this time of sorrow. You are a wonderful,...Read More »
52 of 90 | Posted by: Kaylene and David Stygar - MI

“Both of our thoughts are with your entire family during this difficult time. May you find strength through family, friends and most of all our...Read More »
53 of 90 | Posted by: Shelby Riccioni & Jim Laing - MI

“Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to you at this time. ”
54 of 90 | Posted by: Jim and Judy Bibbings - MI

“Rest in peace, Sweet Angel. My prayers are with you all! ”
55 of 90 | Posted by: Romy Ingels - MI

“We are so sorry for your loss......words cannot describe what you must be going through. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire friends and...Read More »
56 of 90 | Posted by: Tina Ackerman - Stevensville , MI

“It's ok. It's not the end of the world, just a new beginning. I am only ten, but when my Mom showed me your picture, I knew that you are/were...Read More »
57 of 90 | Posted by: Kathleen K. - Coloma, MI

“Oh dear friends,...please know that you are being lifted up in prayer. May you be filled with the Lord's peace that passes ALL understanding. May His...Read More »
58 of 90 | Posted by: Ann Kitron - St. Joseph, MI

“We are so sorry for your loss. Alex was such a hero, such a trooper, and such an inspiration to us all. His smile was so contagious and his...Read More »
59 of 90 | Posted by: Brian, Emily, Hunter & Addison Doak - IN

“My family and I are so very sorry to hear about Alex. What a brave little man to have gone through what he did and fought as hard as he could. Your...Read More »
60 of 90 | Posted by: Kathy Needles - St.Joseph, MI

“I am sorry to hear of your loss. My brother and sister-in-law attend your parish, and they told me of your son. When my son died last June (at the...Read More »
61 of 90 | Posted by: Kathy English - Bay City, MI

“Never has there been a boy more loved by an entire community than sweet Alex Mandarino. Many conversations through thousands of households have been...Read More »
62 of 90 | Posted by: Dana Walsworth - St. Joseph, MI

“My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
63 of 90 | Posted by: Allyson Weede Arnold - Scottsdale, AZ

“There’s Nothing There’s nothing in this world that brings such happiness, as that of a dear sweet child, to hold, love, and caress. As...Read More »
64 of 90 | Posted by: Beth Bates-Chen - Seal Beach, CA

“I do not know your family, but feel like I do by attending the fundraisers and following the Care pages. I have been thinking of you since I heard...Read More »
65 of 90 | Posted by: Staci Brown - Benton Harbor, MI

“A butterfly lights beside us like a sunbeam And for a brief moment its glory and beauty belong to our world But then it flies again and though we...Read More »
66 of 90 | Posted by: Rose Lucker - Benton Harbor, MI

“May God grant you peace in this very sad time. Just know that Jesus is holding Alex tightly and he is free from the pain. Many thoughts and prayers...Read More »
67 of 90 | Posted by: Joy Woods - Stevensville, MI

“My heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family. May God bless you with strength and comfort for the days and nights ahead. And may Alex rest...Read More »
68 of 90 | Posted by: Jenna Missenis - Sodus, MI

“God bless Alex...an angel indeed~ ”
69 of 90 | Posted by: Gina Balbo - St. Joseph, MI

“I did not know Alex personally, but I grew up with his Father, and have been following his illness. My thoughts and prayers go out to his whole...Read More »
70 of 90 | Posted by: Laura Jordan

“An inspiration for all of us! God will keep you close to Him. Blessings to all. ”
71 of 90 | Posted by: John and Shirley Libs - St Joseph, MI

“Lord love your new angel. Let him shine bright over his family. Rest in peace Alex. ”
72 of 90 | Posted by: Jen & Brett Arrans - St. Joseph, MI

“Although I didn't get to spend much time with Alex his strength and drive inspired me. He is one of the toughest, strongest person I have ever had...Read More »
73 of 90 | Posted by: Mark Hanley - Blaine, MN

“Bless your heart, May GOD bless you and keep you! Lifting the family up in prayer during this difficult time. ”
74 of 90 | Posted by: Tina Admave - South Bend, IN

“My deepest sympathy for your loss. A child is a gift. A light that brightens our days, and as any parent of a newborn knows...our nights. I do not...Read More »
75 of 90 | Posted by: The Turners - Christiansburg, OH

“Our deepest sympathy to your family. You will remain in our most heartfelt prayers both now and in the days to come. May God be with you all. ”
76 of 90 | Posted by: Carol Hatfield - St. Joseph, MI

“My heartfelt sympathy to your entire family. It amazes me how strong your family is. You were/are so quick to help others even while your lives were...Read More »
77 of 90 | Posted by: Sara Logan nee Fechner - Midland, MI

“Part of having faith is to just know God has a purpose...even in a darkest hour. I am sending prayers to your family, Alex.... that they have faith...Read More »
78 of 90 | Posted by: Kim Erny - St Joe, MI

“Our hearts were pierced by the news of Alex's passing--but we rejoice in the knowledge that he will suffer no more and that he is now in the loving...Read More »
79 of 90 | Posted by: Dan and Cheryl Knuth - MI

“Dear Tony and Katie, May God give you strength and courage to endure the loss of Alex. May God rest his soul in peace. Alex, we will miss you ...Read More »
80 of 90 | Posted by: Mukund and Indira Shah - MI

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81 of 90 | Posted by: kevin jones - saint joseph , MI

“While I never met you Alex, being a member of the Saints John and Bernard's Parish, I got to hear about you every week at mass. In many ways,...Read More »
82 of 90 | Posted by: Krista Killey - Sodus , MI

“Much sympathy and many prayers. ”
83 of 90 | Posted by: Kristen Robinson - St. Joseph, MI

“There aren't any words that can express the deep sorrow that I feel for you. May all of your memories sustain you through this difficult time and may...Read More »
84 of 90 | Posted by: Emie Gallagher - Saint Joseph, MI

“Alex touched more people in his short life than most people do in a lifetime. I pray that one day you find peace and comfort in knowing how many...Read More »
85 of 90 | Posted by: michelle flaherty - st. joseph, MI

“My heart breaks for you may be rest in peace with out pain, i hope God brings you strength and Serenity thru the next chapters of your lives. I'm...Read More »
86 of 90 | Posted by: Stacey Duchac - Siciliano - Niles, MI

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. ”
87 of 90 | Posted by: Harding Family - Dowagiac, MI

“Thinking of you.... "I feel how weak and fruitless must be any words of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so...Read More »
88 of 90 | Posted by: Amy & Bob Lausman - Sawyer, MI

“Alex I never met you but whenever there was a fundraiser at school I would do it! I still have the Alexs Army dog tag sitting on my nightstand. You...Read More »
89 of 90 | Posted by: Ali S - Saint Joseph, MI

“so sorry to hear of the loss of your beautiful little angel. please know you are in my prayers. ”
90 of 90 | Posted by: nan delong - st. joseph, MI


Alex Anthony Mandarino, born April 15, 2008, heroically battled cancer for more than two years finding his ultimate cure in Heaven on July 8, 2013. Alex left the world as he arrived, peaceful and in his mother's arms. Alex was a strong and brave little boy who never complained of the horrible ordeal he fought through. Alex was a bright child, a master of Legos and apps on the iPad. He enjoyed being home with his family, building towers with blocks and playing video games. Alex was passionate about Star Wars, loved the water and feeding ducks. He was taken much too soon from all of us and we will never forget his beautiful smile. Alex will be deeply missed by his devoted family: precious son of Katie and Tony Mandarino, loving brother of his sister Bella, cherished grandson of Susan and John Ludwig and Elizabeth and James Mandarino and great grandson of Rose Roberts. He was the cousin and nephew to many and a friend to all. The family asks that memorial gifts be given to the Neuroblastoma and Medulloblastoma Translational Research Consortium (NMTRC), 100 Michigan Ave. NE - MC 272, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 or online at www.nmtrc.org/donate.

Visitation will be held on Friday from 5:00 to 8:00 PM; with prayer services at 7:30 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Road, St. Joseph. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday at St. John Catholic Church, 600 Columbus, Benton Harbor; officiated by Father William Jacobs. Friends wishing to send condolences may do so at the guestbook at www.starks-menchinger.com.