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 Edward Andrew “Big Ed” Mandernack

Edward Andrew “"Big Ed"” Mandernack

Death 4 Jul 1940 (aged 60)
Burial Racine, Racine County, Wisconsin, USA
Plot Block 4, Lot 27
Memorial ID 24996745 · View Source
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Racine Journal Times
July 15, 1940

Edward A. Mandernack, Sr., 60, Bowling Alley, Hotel Owner, Dies

Heart Trouble Ends Career of Racine

Sportsman and Business Man; Planned to Sell State Street Property and Retire

Edward A. (Big Ed) Mandernack, Sr., 60, one of Racine's most colorful sportsmen, died at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at his home, 1351 State street, following a heart attack. Mr. Mandernack, who operated bowling alleys here for many years and who is credited with having made the game popular with women, planned to retire next Wednesday and enjoy a trip through the north.

Lifetime Resident.

Born April 29, 1880, in Somers, Kenosha county, Mr. Mandernack came to Racine as a child and spent the remainder of his life here. He went into bowling as a business following his own success as a star bowler. Friends in his youth nicknamed him "Big Ed," and the name clung to him throughout his life. Twenty years ago, when women were first taking to the sport, Mr. Mandernack developed a women's team, which established a new world's title. Ever since that time, he catered to women's teams and this year reconstructed his alleys on State street to include a finely appointed reception room for them.

Planned to Retire.

Receiving an offer for sale of the property, Mr. Mandernack was on the point of selling and spending the remainder of his life in a country home, his friends said. The deal was to have been closed next Wednesday. Besides his interest in bowling, Mr. Mandernack was a patron of many boys' teams in basketball, soft ball and hard ball. He purchased equipment for groups when he felt they really were interested in any sport. In 1939, he backed a senior league soft ball team. Mr. Mandernack was a member of the Eagles, the State Street Business and Professional Men's association and the Wisconsin and National Proprietors of Bowling Alleys. Survivors are his wife; two sons, Daniel and George Mandernack; two brothers, Peter Mandernack of Kenosha county and Nick Mandernack of Racine; four sisters, Mrs. Peter Pfeiffer and Mrs. Emma Cabels, both of Racine, Mrs. Emil Johnson of Arcadia, Mich., and Mrs. Frank Miller of Kenosha county, and one grandchild. The body was removed to the Heibering funeral home. Funeral announcement will appear later.

Gravesite Details Surname also spelled Mandernach.




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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Edward Andrew “"Big Ed"” Mandernack (28 Apr 1880–4 Jul 1940), Find A Grave Memorial no. 24996745, citing Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Racine, Racine County, Wisconsin, USA ; Maintained by K. Bitto (contributor 46982439) .