Age 81, of Lansing, passed away May 1, 2011. He was born on September 26, 1929 in Grand Rapids, MI the son of William Thomas and Mary Dalton Manning.

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.

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    Delores Hankamp Says:

    You must know that Gerry is in heaven and praying for you, Ann.

    Call me any time………….Dee

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    Neal and Kris Barncard Says:

    We loved being neighbors with Bill. Over the years we talked with him many times. We Loved Him and sharing our common Christian faith. What Jesus Christ did in behalf of all mankind. Because of the Fall we know that Adam and Eve, we are subject to physical death, which is the separation of the spirit from the body. Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, all people will be resurrected and saved from physical death (1 Corinthians 15:22). Resurrection is the reuniting of the spirit with the body in an immortal state, no longer subject to disease or death. This knowledge gave of much peace in this life and what challenges we have here. We will miss him.

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