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Lauterburg - Oehler Funeral Home

2000 East Northwest Highway, Arlington Heights, IL

OBITUARY

John S. Manasse

August 15, 1924July 7, 2020
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John S. Manasse, 95, of Park Ridge, IL, formerly of Arlington Heights, IL, was born August 15, 1924, in Chicago to Joseph and Sarah (Colson) Manasse and passed away July 7, 2020. John was the beloved husband of Virginia (Gats) Manasse; devoted father of Linda Higgins; cherished grandfather of Andrew Higgins; loving brother of Hannah (late Donald) Webster; dear uncle of Sharon (Cloyce) Clark and the late William Webster and the late Donald Webster; and fond cousin of J. Terrel (Doris) Colson.

A retired telephone company employee, John was known locally as “Mr. Bear” for his volunteer work on the Hug-A-Bear project, where he was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America, Illinois Chapter Life Member Club. The Hug-A-Bear program provided Chicago area police, fire department and paramedics with handmade teddy bears to comfort traumatized children. The bears were also used in hospitals and by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office for child witnesses and child abuse victims to help calm them before testifying in court. John was a dedicated volunteer; he was deemed a “Local Hero” and was included in the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry’s Local Hero exhibit, as well as inducted into the City of Chicago Senior Citizens Hall of Fame. He was a finalist of President H.W. Bush’s Points of Light program, receiving the President’s Volunteer Service Award from the Council on Service and Civic Participation. He was a proud member of the Submarine Veterans of WWII and was awarded Veteran of the Month for the State of Illinois, November 2010. He attended St. James Catholic Church.

Visitation will be Sunday, July 12, 2020, from 3-6 p.m. at Lauterburg and Oehler Funeral Home, 2000 E. Northwest Highway, Arlington Heights, IL, where funeral services will be held Monday, July 13, 2020, at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery.

In consideration of the safety of our guests and associates, Lauterburg & Oehler Funeral Home will adhere to the current gathering restrictions in the state of Illinois, which allow 50 or fewer guests at services. Proper social distancing must be practiced and all guests will be required to wear face masks at all times. Thank you for your cooperation.

Services

  • Visitation

    Sunday, July 12, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, July 13, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Monday, July 13, 2020

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Robert Krautstrunk

July 10, 2020

Hi Virginia,
May the Good Lord give you the strength to help you in your time of need.
My Deepest Sympathies for you and your Family.
Bob Krautstrunk


Bret Zacher FTB2(ss) Retired

July 9, 2020

I met John through Crash Dive base and the drive to build the WWII Submarine Memorial located on the Riverwalk. I was honored to know John and be part of his Submarine Brotherhood.

May John's memory be a blessing and provide you comfort as you move forward in your life.

Jim & Ellen Daniels

July 9, 2020

Dear Virginia & Manasse Family,
We were so saddened to learn of John's passing. John was such a wonderful man with a gentle soul. We have missed him and you at our Subvets meetings and will continue to miss seeing him in the future.

We really enjoyed all the luncheons we shared with you, John, the other subvets and their wives at the Silver Stallion Restaurant. They were always such fun occasions with good food and great camaraderie. The annual Subvets of WWII Christmas Party there was one of the highlights of our year! We're sorry they had to end.

It was good to see you and John at the Annual Subvets Picnic on the Hines VA Hospital grounds every August. We will miss that also this year.

I just found some photos including John and you of two July 4th parades in Henry, Illinois from several years back. I didn't date them, unfortunately, but Judy O. may remember since she took the photos. I'll send a copy of them to you in our sympathy card.

John Connon had emailed the USS Chicago Base members of your John's failing health, so we were somewhat forewarned. Still, it's sad and must be a difficult time for you and your family. We're glad your daughter is currently in the area and can be a source of support for you.

You and your whole family are in our thoughts and prayers. We will see you at John's visitation and services.
Love,
Ellen & Jim

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