Amanda Jane (Mandy Gallo) Krantz of Urbandale, Iowa, beloved wife of Paul, passed away on Wednesday, October 1, 2014. Her sudden and unexpected passing was the result of a pulmonary embolism. Mandy was born in 1954, the daughter of Armand Joseph Gallo and Rose Olive Gallo, in Bridgeport, Conn. In 1972, she graduated from Ridgefield High School, where she was awarded two scholarships, the State of Connecticut Scholarship and the Rotary Club Scholarship, which she used to attend the University of Connecticut at Storrs. Mandy earned a B.A. degree in Urban Studies in 1976.
In 1978, Mandy moved with Paul to Des Moines, Iowa, where she worked at Principal Financial (then Bankers Life Insurance Company) until leaving the workforce to care for their two young sons, Jeff and Glenn. When her children were older, Mandy completed a nursing degree program at Des Moines Area Community College, earning a registered nurse license. Using her nursing knowledge and expertise, Mandy devotedly cared for both her parents during each of their terminal illnesses, providing them with a loving and nurturing end-of-life experience. Mandy will always be remembered for her gentleness, her attentive listening and thoughtfulness, and her deep love for her husband and children. She was a wonderful daughter, sister, sister-in-law, and aunt, and a loyal and steadfast friend. In recent years, Mandy showered Ayla, her cherished granddaughter, with a similar love and devotion.