Former Alumni Council President Molly Jones Mancini ’79 Dies

Friday, October 9, 2020
Molly Jones Mancini ’79

Margaret “Molly” Jones Mancini ’79, P ’14, ’18, who served as president of Mercersburg’s Alumni Council from 2015 to 2017 and was a member of the Council from 2010 to 2017, passed away October 9 in Hanover, PA. She was 60.
Born September 12, 1960, Mancini was the daughter of the late J. Richard “Dick” Jones ’48 and attended Mercersburg for three years. As a student, she served as secretary of her Class Council and as a dorm proctor and Blue Key officer; was a member of the field hockey, swimming, tennis, and fencing teams; and was involved with Stuac (the Student Activities Committee) and the Dance Committee.
Mancini graduated from Florida Atlantic University in 1984 and from Florida International University in 1986. She held a number of positions in the culinary and food industries, including most recently with Utz Quality Foods in Hanover, PA. She also served as president of The Perfect Blend, a catering service in Fort Lauderdale, FL, and worked for the Cibo Corporation, Winter Gardens Quality Foods, Hanover Foods, and Schagrin’s Wine, Spirits, and Gourmet.
She married John Mancini in 1995 in the Irvine Memorial Chapel. Their son, Johnny ’14, was born in 1996, and their daughter, Ava ’18, followed in 1999. Mancini was a class agent and a longtime supporter of Mercersburg in a number of official and unofficial roles.
In addition to her husband, children, and sister, Beth Jones Sisca ’82, survivors include a number of cousins who are Mercersburg alumni: Ted Smith ’83, Hannah Smith Kudrik ’91, Sarah Smith ’93, emeriti faculty member Wirt Winebrenner Jr. ’54, Anne Winebrenner Knuth ’79, Lisa Winebrenner ’81, Wirt Winebrenner III ’82, and Jonathan Winebrenner ’86.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a private memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, October 31, at 11 a.m. (the service can be viewed via a live stream at A visitation will be held Friday, October 30, from 5–8 p.m. at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 30 West Chestnut Street, Hanover, PA 17331. Masks must be worn, and social distancing will be maintained.

Many generous Mercersburg classmates and friends have established the Molly Jones Mancini ’79 Scholarship Fund at Mercersburg. If you are interested in learning how to support this fund in Molly’s memory, please contact Tim Crouch, director of leadership giving, at or 717-360-8909.

Kenworthy Funeral Home & Crematory in Hanover is handling arrangements.