Fernando A. Manzanal
May 30, 1926 ~ June 23, 2013
Monterey – Fernando Manzanal, age 87, passed away Sunday morning June 23, 2013. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Josefina; his two children, Michael and Susan; a son-in-law, Steve; and his granddaughter, Michaela.
Fernando was born May 30, 1926 in Buhi, Camarines Sur, Philippines. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served honorably for over 21 years. A veteran of the Korean and Vietnam conflicts, he was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He served with several units, including the 2nd and 25th Infantry Divisions, the 101st and 11th Airborne as a paratrooper and as drill instructor with the 7th Light Infantry. Fernando married Josefina and started his family in Hawaii after his first child, Michael was born. A few years later his daughter, Susan was born in Louisiana, then the family relocated to Fort Ord. In 1971, the family became homeowners and settled in Marina. Fernando would be active in the community especially his parish, Saint Jude Catholic Church, the American Legion and the Filipino Cultural Society. His faith was a key factor in life and guiding force in his decisions and relationships. In addition, Fernando was engaged in Marina city affairs, helped raise funds and supervise important city projects throughout the 1980s. He also retired after 20 years working for the civil service.
Fernando found enjoyment in gardening with his wife, taking walks, karaoke singing with friends or going on casino trips. He will be dearly missed.
A Visitation will be held at Seaside Funeral Home on Thursday, June 27, 2013 from 5:00-8:00pm and a Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 10:00am at St. Jude Catholic Church, Marina and burial with honors will follow at Mission Memorial Park, Seaside.
To offer online condolences please visit: www.seasidefunerals.com.
Published in The Monterey Herald on June 26, 2013