Thursday, August 26, 2010

Obituary: Merle J. Manion - Class of 1954

MADISON - Merle J. Manion, age 74, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010, at St. Mary's Hospital with his loving family by his side.

He was born on Aug. 3, 1936, in Madison, the son of Harold and Jerona (Washa) Manion. In 1954, Merle graduated from Central High School. On Sept. 7, 1957, Merle was united in marriage to Karen E. Mockrud. Merle was employed by the State of Wisconsin for the Department of Transportation for 40 years until his retirement in 1994.

He was a member of the Westside Businessman's Association and the Madison Elks Lodge No. 410. Merle was also a faithful member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church and was a proud member of the church funeral choir. Merle enjoyed volunteering his time as a driver for meals on wheels. Most of all, he cherished the time spent with his family and his many trips to his cabin in Northern Wisconsin.

Merle is survived by his wife of 53 years, Karen Manion of Madison; four daughters, Laura (Ron) Brugger of Irvine, Calif., Lynn (Paul) Schmitt of Fitchburg, Lisa (Mark Weerda) Manion of Fitchburg, and Jill Driscoll of Madison; three grandchildren, Sarah and Amanda Schmitt, and Danny Driscoll; his sister, Mary Thierer of Madison; and two brothers, Robert Manion of Riverside, Calif., and Don (Joann) Manion of Fitchburg. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, other loving family and friends.

Merle was preceded in death by his parents.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at OUR LADY QUEEN OF PEACE CATHOLIC CHURCH, 401 S. Owen Drive, Madison on Friday, Aug. 27, 2010, at noon with Monsignor Kenneth Fielder officiating. A visitation will be held at CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 3610 Speedway Road on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., and at the church on Friday from 11 a.m. until the time of Mass. Burial will follow at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery.

Memorials may be made in memory of Merle to Our Lady Queen of Peace Endowment Fund, 401 S. Owen Drive, Madison, WI 53705; or St. Mary's Medical Foundation, 707 S. Mills St., Madison, WI 53715.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at St. Mary's Hospital Medical Intensive Care Unit for all their excellent care given to Merle and our family.

Cress Funeral and Cremation Service, 3610 Speedway Road, (608) 238-3434

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on August 26, 2010 (submitted by Michael Vahldieck, Class of 1968)

Note: Merle Manion's class year is based on information in The Madison Mirror (January 22, 1954), where he is profiled as a "Super Centralite" and vice-president of the senior class.

1 comment:

Laura Manion Brugger said...

Dad took great pride in being an alum of Central High and talked of his days there with great fondness. He valued his long time friends with whom he kept in contact.