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Mary Elizabeth Manning

December 14, 1962 — July 4, 2022

Mary Elizabeth Manning age 59 of Brighton, passed away surrounded by her family, Monday, July 4, 2022, at the Jefferson County Health Center.

Visitation for family & friends will be 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Friday, July 8, 2022, at Behner Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 9, 2022, at Hope Lutheran Church with Pastor Ryan Dexter officiating.  Cremation will follow the service with inurnment at a later date at Hope Lutheran Cemetery, Germanville.

If giving a memorial, please make it out to Craig Manning, as the family is deciding where the memorials will go in Mary’s honor.

Mary was born December 14, 1962, in Washington to Donald and Mary (Watson) Schantz.  She married Craig Manning on September 11, 1982, at Hope Lutheran Church.

Mary received her associates degree in bookkeeping.  She worked about 10 years in the accounting for Seifert’s, sale rep for Fan Steel and last secretary for First Lutheran Church until her health wouldn’t allow her to work.

Mary loved being a mother to Elizabeth, Emily and Amber and later grandmother to Harper and Lydia.  She was very active in her church and made many trips to Colorado with the youth.  Mary liked going for walks and reading.

She will be missed by her husband of 39 years, Craig Manning; two daughters, Emily Manning (Patrick Ives) and Amber Manning; two granddaughters, Harper and Lydia Ives; 6 siblings, Dave Schantz (Regina), Kathryn Thompson, Alan Schantz (Karen), Barbara Stevens (Wayne), Linda Timmins (Dean) and Becky Mattson (Craig); and many nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Donald and Mary Schantz; and daughter, Elizabeth Manning.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Mary Elizabeth Manning, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services


Friday, July 8, 2022

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Central time)

Behner Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc.

203 South Main Street, Fairfield, IA 52556

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Funeral Service

Saturday, July 9, 2022

Starts at 10:30 am (Central time)

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