Rockford Public Library saddened by the loss of a 27-year library veteran

Jean Mangan
Jean Mangan

Online Staff Report

Paul Logli, president of the Board of Trustees of the Rockford Public Library (RPL), announced April 24 that Jean Mangan, Information Services manager, passed away Wednesday, April 23, as a result of complications from a short illness.

Mangan’s service with RPL began July 31, 1986, as a librarian. She worked as the Adult and Youth Services manager, Adult Services assistant manager, Northeast Branch manager, Circulation Services manager, and managed Rock River and the Rockton Centre branches.

Mangan’s staff praised her for managerial efforts saying that, as a supervisor, she had the ability to sense each staff person’s strengths and capabilities. She was all about service — service to the public. She never assigned a task that she was not willing to do herself. There was no end to her patience, understanding and empathy for others.

The entire board is thankful to have had the opportunity to work with Jean here at RPL,” Logli said. “We feel privileged to have had her share her expertise with the library for nearly three decades. Jean’s quick wit, even temper and her uncanny ability to manage people and handle difficult situations made her a key asset to the library. We are deeply saddened by this loss, and she will be missed.”

Logli asked that flags at all library locations be lowered to half-staff for the following week.

A celebration of Mangan’s life will be from noon to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, April 26, at Stockholm Inn, 2420 Charles St. Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory, Mulford Chapel, assisted the family. To express online condolences, visit

Posted April 24, 2014

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