Michael A. Manning

MARQUETTE, Mich. — Michael A. Manning, 72, of Marquette, entered eternal life Sunday, March 18, 2018, at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in the loving care of his family.

Born Sept. 30, 1945, in Marquette, a son of Patrick and Mary (Prosen) Manning, Mike was raised in Marquette and graduated from Bishop Baraga High School, Class of 1963. He later earned his BA degree from Northern Michigan University in 1971, MBA from California State University in 1975, and PhD from Southern Illinois University in 1998. Mike most loved his teaching career at Southern Illinois University, Diablo Valley College, and St. Mary’s College. Mike embraced life with kindness, curiosity, and humor, always questioning and taking on new challenges. Through the years his career path reflected his love of learning, from caddie and newspaper boy to salesman, soldier, sheriff’s deputy, banker, mortgage broker, extended education program administrator and university teacher. He was an advocate for animal and human rights, a collector, a golfer, fisherman, car, wine, and astronomy buff, a gambler, reader and scholar. Mike was raised in faith at St. Peter Cathedral, Marquette, lived his faith and held in his heart most preciously that he was a husband, son, brother, uncle, friend, teacher and mentor. He lived with integrity and honesty, cared deeply about the underdog, those less fortunate and those whose lives were troubled or difficult. He is dearly loved and will be forever missed.

Mike is survived by his wife, Carol Manning; brother, Pat Manning; sisters, Mary Mitchell (Peter) and Kathy Hodges (Wally); brother-in-law, Bill Griewe (Judy); sister-in-law, Barb Bennett (Jesse Farkas); brother-in-law, Dennis Laine; and nieces, nephews, Stephanie Laine (Nate Weston), Christopher Laine, Michael Hodges, Jason Bennett (Danielle), Michelle Underwood (Shane), Matt Griewe, Lisa Hazel (Chris), Jenny Lupino (John), Debbie Koish, Marcia Nichols, Peter Mitchell (Martha), Mark Mitchell (Ava); and special friends, Jessica Leng (Jeremy), Jaysson Reno (Sharlee), Alexandria Aquilon (Hayden), Ann and John Kirby, Jay Reno (Marci), and many great-nieces and nephews.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Patrick and Mary Manning; a sister, Anne Manning; parents-in-law, Marge and Rueben Griewe; and special friends, Dan Crowley, Chuck Triebel, and Jean Triebel.

Mike’s family wishes to express our deepest gratitude to the angels of the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans who held Mike and us all in their hands and hearts through the past year.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to UPAWS (Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter) P.O. Box 968, Marquette, MI 49855, Activity Fund at the Jacobetti Home for Veterans, 425 Fisher Street, Marquette, MI 49855, the Alzheimers Association, 309 S. Front Street, Suite 233, Marquette, MI 49855, or charity of your choice.

Friends may call at the Bishop’s Room, located at St. Peter Cathedral on Friday, March 23, beginning at 1:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 3 p.m. in the Cathedral with Rev. Msgr. Michael Steber, pastor, as celebrant. A reception will follow in Cathedral Hall.

The Fassbender Funeral Home is serving the family, where condolences may be expressed online at fassbenderfuneralhome.com