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Joseph Manley

June 14, 1951 — November 17, 2023

Joseph “Skip” Manley, born June 14, 1951, in Scranton, PA, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on November 17, 2023, after a brave three-year battle with cancer. Known for his kindness, dependability, and selflessness, Skip's life was marked by his love for family, his dedication to service, and his passion for the outdoors.

Skip was the cherished life partner of Donna Stoehr for 43 wonderful years. Together, they created a happy life together. Skip was the father to Brian Manley, was a beloved brother to Mary Ann Manley, Dolores Boyle, Cathy Gonzales, Patrick Manley, and Mike Manley and his wife, Gaynel, and doting uncle to 16 nieces and nephews. Skip held a special place in his heart for his lifelong friends with whom he shared a cabin and his extended family. Skip was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Dolores (Kelly) Manley, and his brother, Thomas, brother-in-law, Raymond Gonzales.

Skip attended Liberty High School and went on to serve our country with distinction in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. His bravery and dedication earned him a Purple Heart, an achievement that he carried with a sense of both humility and pride. After his service, Skip worked as a painter.

Beyond his work, Skip was a lover of the great outdoors. He appreciated the peace and adventure of hunting and fishing trips, often accompanied by friends. His love for sports was unwavering, as he enjoyed playing baseball and hockey in his younger years, and later became an avid darts and pool player. A lifelong Philadelphia Eagles fan, Skip's enthusiasm for the team was infectious, and game days were always a special occasion. Skip was able to express his artistic side and his love for working with his hands through his artwork. Skip was known for his kindness and willingness to lend a helping hand. He was the person you could count on, the one who would do anything for you. His love for his family was evident in his protective nature and his special bond with his nieces and nephews. His kindness extended to his love for life itself, and he was always ready to share a laugh or a word of encouragement.

In addition to being kind, Skip was incredibly handy. He was always ready to fix a problem or create something new with his hands. His selflessness was evident in the way he put others before himself, always ready to help in any way he could. Skip's legacy will be remembered through his love for his family, his dedication to service, and his passion for life. His strength, courage, and selfless spirit will continue to inspire all who know him. As we mourn his loss, we also celebrate a life well-lived, a life filled with love, laughter, and countless memories. Skip will be dearly missed, but his light will continue to shine brightly in the hearts of all who know him.

Services have been entrusted to Connell Funeral Home and will be held privately for the family.

Memorial contributions may be made in Skip’s honor to the Purple Heart Foundation.

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