Joseph L. Maningas, 47, beloved husband of Andrea (Suchecki) Maningas of Ellington, entered heaven Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, at St. Francis Hospital, Hartford, surrounded by his family.
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Born in Manila, Philippines, on March 21, 1965, son of Antonia (Lorenzo) Maningas of South Windsor and the late Cecilio Maningas, he was raised in South Windsor and had lived in Manchester before moving to Ellington in 2001. He graduated from East Catholic High School in 1983, received his undergraduate degree from Northeastern University in 1988, and his master's degree in education from Springfield College in 2002. He played football for both East Catholic and Northeastern, followed by several years of organized softball with his many good friends. He was also an avid weight lifter, which he truly enjoyed, spending many hours at the gym with his lifting buddies. Joe was employed as a senior vocational disability examiner for the State of Connecticut for the past 13 years, and prior to that was employed at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford. Joe was a communicant of St. Joseph Church in Rockville.
Joe leaves his loving wife of 13 years, Andrea; and will be dearly missed by his cherished children, Alex, age 10, and Ashley, age 7. He also leaves his mother, Antonia, of South Windsor; and his brothers, John Maningas of South Windsor, and Gus Maningas and fiancée, Judy Hutchens, of Raleigh, N.C. Joe also leaves Andrea's grandmother, Rita Dulude of Vernon; his father and mother-in-law, Edwin and Pauline Suchecki of Ellington; sister and brother-in-law, Sharon and David Johndrow; and his nieces, Katelin and Megan of Ellington; along with his aunts, uncles, cousins, co-workers, and many special friends.
A devoted father, he coached his son's baseball and basketball teams. When not busy creating lineups and making out schedules, he was a constant spectator at Alex and Ashley's sporting events, dance recitals, and school performances. When travel became difficult, he would watch videotapes of the events over and over to stay as close as he could to the all the action. Joe had a special zest for life, which was inspiring to everyone who knew him. He took sincere interest in other people's lives, and was always there to help, even while carrying the burden of his own failing health. He will always be remembered as a man who loved and gave freely of himself. If he did not have a ready solution to a problem he would simply say, "We'll figure it out!" Many will miss Joe's early morning phone calls inquiring "What's up?" Joe loved to fish. There were many memorable excursions with his family and friends to secret spots, where he knew the fish would be biting. He patiently taught Alex and Ashley the skills of fishing so they can forever enjoy the outdoors with fond thoughts of trips with their Dad. Joe was a talented chef. He had many mouth-watering recipes for barbecued creations that were made with love for family and neighbors. Nothing pleased him more than seeing everyone else enjoy the fruits of his labor before he even began his own meal. Joe is sure to be welcomed as a premier chef at God's table. He may also be given some responsibility for another favorite pastime, mowing the lawn.
The family is deeply appreciative of the loving care of all the friends, co-workers, doctors, nurses, and staff at Saint Francis Hospital, Hartford and Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Church, 33 West St., Rockville. Burial will follow at Ellington Center Cemetery in Ellington.
His family will receive friends Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. at the Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home, 419 Buckland Road, South Windsor.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Maningas Education Fund, c/o Rockville Bank, 12 Main St., Suite 1, Ellington, CT 06029.
For online expression of sympathy, please visit
Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home
419 Buckland Road
South Windsor, CT 06074-3709
Published in Journal Inquirer from Oct. 4 to Oct. 8, 2012