A Germantown native who lived in Mount Airy before moving to Chestnut Hill, Dr. Mannino graduated from Cecilian Academy in Philadelphia in 1961.
She earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania in 1965. That year, she married Edward Mannino. They later divorced.
While raising two children, Dr. Mannino never stopped teaching, writing, and studying.
She earned a master's degree in English and creative writing from Temple University in 1986 and a doctorate in literature and writing composition from Temple in 1995. Her teaching career at Temple began in the mid-1980s. She became an associate professor in July 2009 and in 2010 received an award for her contributions to first-year student writing.
She became ill with cancer in 2007, but held it in check with treatment. As she fought, she filled notebooks with her reflections and poems.
In a poem dated Jan. 28 titled "Terminal," she grappled with the news that she was dying:
Terminal is a place where
carrying suitcases and backpacks
pillows and throws
bags of gifts
satchels of plans
to board a plane
or a bus
to visit a faraway place
Fiji, Iceland, or Malta
places with hot springs in the snow
they are going home
to taste mama's pizza 'iena
have a bottle of Pabst Blue Ribbon
see the budding fig tree
his treasured tomato plants.
Terminal is a place you go to
so you can leave
the place you are living in.
She also wrote fiction that appeared in the Alabama Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, and other literary journals. She received an Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award in 2001.
In the days before Mrs. Mannino's death, 100 of her friends, many of them former students, came to visit.
In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Mannino is survived by a son, Robert; and a grandson.
A viewing was set for 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, at the Jacob F. Ruth Funeral Home, 8413 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia. Visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, at Our Mother of Consolation Parish, 9 E. Chestnut Hill Ave., Philadelphia, will be followed by an 11 a.m. service at the church. Interment will be in Holy Sepulchre, Cheltenham.
Contributions may be made to a memorial scholarship for Mrs. Mannino and her late brother. Checks may be written to Temple University, with Joseph L. Vigilante and Mary Ann Mannino Scholarship Fund in the memo section, and sent to Frances Hollingsworth, 1221 Anderson Hall, 1114 W. Berks St., Temple University, Philadelphia 19122.
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