Katherine Mangsen

Funeral Home Director

To not listen to the old rhetoric of men saying you can’t do this and you can’t do that. You can do whatever you want to do and you can have a career and you can have kids and you can do it all.


Katherine Ericka (Johnson) Mangsen is a funeral director at Nordgren Funeral Home here in Worcester, MA. She is the only child in a Swedish and Norwegian immigrated family. She had lived in Worcester her entire life, but she now resides in Holden, MA. Katherine went through all of her primary schooling in Worcester as well. She went to the College of the Holy Cross for her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Religious Studies. After she got married to Curt Mangsen and had children, she went back to college and attended Mount Ida College in Newton, MA for her degree in Funeral Directing Services. She has dedicated her life to making people feel better in times when all there is, is sadness. She is a motivated and strong- headed woman, making sure that no man tells her that she is not able to do anything she puts her mind to.

Interview Date: 
March 26, 2012
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