Herbert Mandel
May 11, 1924 - March 11, 2023

Visitation Information

March 13 2023 - 12:00 pm
Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., 5509 Centre Avenue, (Shadyside) Pittsburgh 15232

Funeral Information

March 13 2023 - 1:00 pm
Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., 5509 Centre Avenue, (Shadyside) Pittsburgh 15232

HERBERT MANDEL: At age 98, Herb passed away on Saturday, March 11, 2023 in Squirrel Hill. He was born on May 11, 1924 in Port Chester, NY, to Arthur and Rose Mandel, immigrants from Radom, Poland. He was the beloved husband of the late Charlotte F. Mandel; the loving father of Rosanne (Clifford) Levine, Elliott (Marlene) Mandel, and Arthur Mandel (Claudia Nahson); the brother of the late Penny (late Nathaniel) Lash; the grandfather of Meredith Levine (Daniel Tsadok), Benjamin Levine (Dalila Boclin), Eric Levine, Becca Levine (Adam Koling), Jordan Mandel, Maia Mandel (fiancĂ©e Michael Anderson), Ariella, Nina and Julia Mandel; and the great-grandfather of Asher and Aaron Tsadok, Rafael Levine. Herbert was a renowned engineer. He worked as the Project Director of the Pittsburgh Light Rail Transit System, Project Manager for the Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge in Newport, RI, and led numerous other civil engineering projects including the General Assembly Building of the U.N., original studies for transit systems in Atlanta, Chicago, and Los Angeles, and bridges throughout the United States. He often said, "I had the best career in the world; I feel like someone gave me a giant erector set to play with for my whole life." Herbert participated in the Liberation of the Langenstein-Zwieberge Concentration Camp in 1945 as part of the Eighth Armored Division, Battery C in the U.S. Army. Herbert was a highly ethical, positive and optimistic person who was deeply devoted to his family, friends, co-workers, and caregivers. He put a tremendous value on education and encouraged his family and everyone he met in educational endeavors. He loved music and promoted the musical education of his children. He remembered virtually everything he had ever learned and shared his knowledge freely, yet humbly.  He belonged to many congregations in his life, most recently Tree of Life Congregation and Congregation Beth Ami in Boca Raton, FL. He identified strongly with Judaism and taught his children the value of Jewish continuity. Although he worked and lived in many locations, he adopted Pittsburgh as his home and explained that he loved Pittsburgh because of the people who live here. Services were held at Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., 5509 Centre Avenue, Shadyside on Monday, March 13, 2023 at 1 PM. Interment Mount Lebanon Cemetery, Beth El section. Contributions may be made to Pittsburgh Promise, 1901 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 or Tree of Life, Inc., 0 Woodland Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15232-2899, designate for Remember, Rebuild, Renew Campaign or www.rememberrebuildrenew.org/donate. www.schugar.com


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I am sorry to hear of the passing of Mr Mandel. We bought his Mt Lebanon home almost 10 years ago and over the years we would hear stories about his accomplishments from the neighbors. We still have the flower pot he gave us at the closing. Reading the recent article really showed what an amazing man he was. I made sure my two boys (14 and 16 years old) read it too. If helpful, we couldn't be happier in our home and knowing what an amazing man sold it to us makes it that more special. Sorry for your loss, Yost Family

By Yost Family - March 27, 2023