Stories: Who We Have Lost


Who did you lose to Covid 19? Michael Mantell

Our family used to always say if you wanted to find Mike Mantell drive to Barnes and Noble. The man spent more time looking and buying books than he should have been working around the house. So it was so fitting that his story would be read at a book signing in Queens, New York.

Mike was born in Queens but then moved to Long Island. The book reading was the funeral I never was able to have. The wake where people talk about the life of the deceased and share memories of Mike. Again something that I was not allowed to have due to Covid. It was sad, I cried, but it also gave me great peace that Mike was recognized especially by people who understand. What a fitting tribute to Mike, to his life. Martha, there are not enough thank you’s that I can say to you.

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