January 13, 2021
Rosa (Leon) Mangual
August 30, 1930 to January 13, 2021
Rosa (Leon) Mangual, age 90, born August 30, 1930 to Pedro and Manuela Leon was a long-time resident of Gary, IN. In 2009,
she moved to Merrillville, IN where she resided with her daughter, Gloria, and special son-in-law, Peter Obregon. Her final year
was spent in their new home in Crown Point, IN.
Rosa is preceded in death by her parents, Pedro and Manuela Leon; husband, Amado Calo Mangual; daughter, Anita Gamez;
sons, Anthony Vargas and Amado Calo Mangual, Jr.; sister, Jennie Sandusky; brothers, Juan Flores and Peter Leon;
granddaughters, Atina Rodriguez, Yvette N. Williams, Lindsey Williams, and great grandchildren, Jazmin Osbourne, Jamin
Osbourne, Yazmin Goldman and Ariel Goldman. She is survived by 8 daughters, Deborah Surgener, Jennie Teague, Judith
Williams, Gloria (Peter) Obregon, Sorida DeLeon, Neraida Torres, Angelina Mingo, Laura (Danny) Alcocer; brothers, Simon Leon
and Eddie Leon.
Rosa accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior and literally praised Him with her last breath. She was a long-time member of
Holy Angels Cathedral in Gary, IN where she sang in the choir and participated in a special prayer group. Rosa frequently
attended Family Christian Center for services, productions and other events until she became ill. Thereafter, she streamed the
services alongside family.
Her family was her ministry. This adoring matriarch of five generations was a devoted wife, beloved mother of eleven children,
grandmother of twenty-three grandchildren, forty-two great grandchildren, and twelve great-great grandchildren. She raised
strong-willed children with wide-ranging personalities; yet, loved them unconditionally and nurtured each one according to their
needs. Initially reared in the Catholic Church, godly morals and values were instilled in her children. During her last days, she
reminded them to seek the Lord for themselves, to love and care for one another, to always forgive each other, and never ever
allow anything or anyone to separate them. Rosa wore many hats and filled many roles: loving daughter, devoted wife, gracious
mother, adoring grandmother, sister, aunt, friend, protector, and teacher. When her husband was disabled, she became his
primary caregiver until he passed. She was a wonderful example to follow and the rock the family needed.
In addition to raising eleven children, maintaining a marriage and a household, Rosa was employed full-time in retail
management until retirement. She was known for her loyalty, exceptional work ethic, grace, kindness, and friendly
demeanor. She lived a full, active, blessed life, which consisted of intentionally serving others, giving of herself relentlessly,
unselfishly and without complaints. She was truly a Proverbs 31 woman of God.
In her younger years Rosa loved to dance and was known to be quite trendy and fashionable. She relished cooking Sunday dinners
for the entire family, celebrating holidays, birthdays, family outings and more. She enjoyed the outdoors, going out for dinner
and a movie, word puzzles, and most recently playing bingo with her special circle of friends--Monin, Celia, Isabel, Margaret,
Ofelia, Sandra and Lisa.
NEVER GIVE UP appeared to be the mantra throughout Rosa’s life. She lived through the Great Depression, war times, and was
privileged to vote in many presidential elections from Harry S. Truman to Joseph R. Biden. She endured much heartbreak,
hardships, emotional pain, and trials; yet, remained strong and maintained her peace. She learned to recognize that God’s
blessings far outweighed every challenge.
In 2009, Rosa became part of the Obregon household and remained there until her transition. Gloria and Peter provided the
best care and spoiled her to no end, as did the rest of her children. Her daughter Debbie was at her side 24/7, whenever she
was hospitalized and required special attention. Rosa shared time between households, which allowed her the opportunity to
intimately know ALL of her grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. She had a special relationship with
each one. Because she treasured spending time with family near and far, Rosa never missed birthdays, showers, weddings,
graduations, sporting events or any other significant occasion. She was present for the birth of many of her grandchildren. She
was showered with love and joy all of her life, not only by her family but also many close friends.
Rosa fought the good fight, finished the race, and kept the faith (2 Timothy 4:7). She was called home on Wednesday, January
13, 2021, which also happened to be her wedding anniversary, and transitioned peacefully at home with family by her side. This
woman of God achieved her heart’s ultimate desire, to meet Christ Jesus our Eternal Savior, and be reunited with her husband
and family who made their glorious journeys prior to her departure. Both family and friends honor and celebrate her
Rosa left an amazing legacy that will carry on for generations to come and her children will not fail her.
Friends are invited to visit with the family on Monday, February 1, 2021 from 4:00pm - 7:00pm at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel ( 7535 Taft St. Merrillville IN.) Mass of Christian burial Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at Family Christian Center ( 340 w. 45th Ave. Munster IN. ) Visitation from 10:00 am until the time of service at 11:00 am .
Monday, February 1, 2021
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Calumet Park Funeral Chapel
7535 Taft St., Merrillville, IN 46410 VIEW MAP
Mass of Christian Burial
Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Family Christian Center
340 W 45 ave Munster IN 46321