William graduated from Resurrection Catholic School in 1947. He then attended Aquinas College and graduated from MSU with a BA in Political Science. Following college he joined the U.S. Coast Guard and received officers training in New London, CT. He then graduated from St. Jerome’s in Kitchner, Ontario, with a PhB, and from the Catholic University Theological College in Washington, D.C. He worked as a counselor for the University of Wisconsin, River Falls Branch, and retired from the Department of Education in Washington, D.C. as a counselor. He belonged to St. Gerard Parish, Catholic War Veterans, and the Knights of Columbus.
William was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Mary Catherine Manning and Frances Clare Manning. He is survived by his sister, Ann Therese Manning of Lansing; cousins, Richard Bechtold, Robert Bechtold, W. Thomas Hoban, Dr. Bob (Jinny) O’Brien, Patricia Rademacher, Virginia Sims and their families, all of the Grand Rapids area; and special cousin, Thomas Q. Hoban of East Lansing.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated by Fr. John P. Klein at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at St. Gerard Catholic Church, 4437 W. Willow Hwy., Lansing. The Rite of Committal will take place in Woodlawn Cemetery in Grand Rapids at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday. Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday with a Rosary to be prayed at 7:00 p.m. at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Gerard Parish or Lansing Catholic High School.