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Roberta Mandile

March 28, 1941 — November 6, 2022

Roberta Mandile

Roberta "Dolly" "Robin" (Adair) Mandile ~Lynnfield, Ma

Robin J. (Adair) Mandile passed away peacefully on November 6th at the age of 81 surrounded by loved ones after a long illness. Robin was the beloved wife of 51 years of the late Thomas Michael Mandile , Jr. Robin is survived by those whom she considered her greatest gifts: her son Robert (Bob) Mandile and his wife Jennifer of Lynnfield, her son Tom Mandile and his wife Brenda of Winchester, her sister-in -law Maryanne and her husband Robert Mazaka of Wilmington, her niece Kimberly Angeli of Salt Lake City Utah, and her PRIDE AND JOY ~ her 5 grandchildren: Christine, Ann Marie, Irene, William and Ryan.

Robin and her late twin brother "Butch" were born on March 28, 1941 to their beloved parents, Bob & Emma (Marino) Adair. Robin grew up in Malden MA and graduated from Malden High School. Her family was well known in Malden for the Robin Adair Diesel Engineering Business located on Broadway since 1921. Robin began her dance career in the Malden Studio of E. Virginia Williams~ Robin's teacher, mentor, friend and founder of the Boston Ballet. Robin's love of ballet and the arts was a cornerstone of her life. Robin was a former soloist with three major Ballet Companies including the Boston Ballet. She danced through Europe with the American Festival Ballet, and the Ballet Russe De Monte Carlo in New York. Robin has also performed at Radio City Music Hall, on Broadway, and at the White House for the Apollo 8 astronauts. Her most favorite role was that of the Sugar Plumb Fairy in the Boston Ballet's production of the Nutcracker.

Robin retired from professional dance in 1970 to take on two of her most cherished roles: mother & teacher. While raising her two young sons, "Miss" Robin opened her own dance studio: The Robin Adair Studio of Dance in Manchester by the Sea. Robin went on to teach ballet in Manchester, Gloucester & Lynnfield for 40+ years. Every year she would take her students to see a performance of the Boston Ballet's Nutcracker. Robin's love of dance coupled with her kind and generous nature enriched the lives of countless children over the years. She will be greatly missed.

Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Our Lady of the Assumption Church, corner of Grove & Salem Sts., Lynnfield on Monday, Nov 14 at 10am. Visitation for relatives and friends will be at the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield on Sunday, Nov 13 from 1-4pm. Interment, Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a donation to the Boston Ballet (

Funeral Mass

Monday, November 14
10:00 AM

Our Lady of the Assumption
4 Grove St.
Lynnfield, MA 01940

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Our Lady of the Assumption, 4 Grove St., Lynnfield, MA 01940 Funeral Mass for Roberta "Robin" Mandile

Sunday, November 13
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

McDonald Funeral Home
19 Yale Ave
Wakefield, MA 01880
(781) 245-3550

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