Age 44, of Grand Ledge, passed away peacefully October 10, 2012, after an eight-year battle with cancer. Matt retired from automotive sales, and enjoyed being a stay at home dad. He graduated from St. John’s University, and was a member of St. Gerard Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. Matt was a member of the NRA and local competitive shooting clubs. He belonged to local muscle car clubs and had a special passion for his ’67 GTO. Matt also liked camping, going to car shows, and was an excellent cook. Matt enjoyed making people laugh, was a true gentleman, adored his family, and was an inspiration to all who knew him.
He is survived by: his wife of 14 years, Shelley; daughters, Natalie and Annabella; sister, Lina (John) Mannino; mother-in-law, Ruth Williams; sister-in-law, Amanda (Harold) Pugh; along with several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, numerous friends, and his dog, Molly. He was preceded in death by his parents, Stefano and Francesca (Fontana) Mannino; father-in-law, Wayne A. Williams, Jr. and several grandparents, aunts and uncles.
The Funeral Mass will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, October 13, 2012, at St. Gerard Catholic Church, 4437 W. Willow Hwy, Lansing, with The Rev. Fr. John Klein as celebrant. The Rite of Committal will follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel from 6-8 p.m. Friday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Sparrow Foundation in memory of Matthew Mannino.