A. Edward Manthey

September 25, 1923June 29, 2011

A. Edward Manthey, 87, completed his baptismal journey Wednesday, June 29, 2011.

Ed was born in Duluth on September 25, 1923 to Arthur and Margaret Manthey. He was a veteran of WWII, serving in the U.S. Navy. He was proud to serve and grateful for peace. When the war ended he graduated from UMD and married the love of his life, Jean MacNaughton.

Ed was a humble man. He found meaning in his life in many ways but significantly through service to others. He volunteered at St. Luke's Hospital, giving comfort to family members in the day surgery lounge, and at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in many capacities. He volunteered at the Shriner's Children's Hospital driving sick children to and from the Twin Cities for doctor's appointments.

Ed was a devout man. He was a faithful member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. He was an active member of Lakeside Masonic Lodge #218 and Lake Superior Masonic Lodge #349 having served as Master and then as Secretary for many years. The Grand Lodge of Minnesota presented him with the Hiram Award which is a singular, once-in-a-lifetime recognition presented as an earned tribute for outstanding service to Freemasonry.

Ed was a quiet man. He loved being in his workshop where he handcrafted stunning stained glass lamps and windows. He spent many hours of his nine months under hospice care working jigsaw puzzles, cheering the Minnesota Twins, and marveling at the contestants on Jeopardy.

Above all, Ed was a grateful man. He was always aware of God's blessings. He was grateful for the beauty of nature--in song birds, flowers and fresh grown vegetables, and for the joy of music. For many years Ed sang with the Duluth Superior Barbershop Chorus and before that for the chorus of the Duluth Light Opera Company. Ed was especially grateful for the sound of laughter and love from his devoted, close-knit family.

Ed is survived by his wife of 61 years, Jean Manthey; five children: Barbara Ammerman of Duluth, Bruce (MaryRuth) Manthey of Plymouth MN, Beth (Andy) Davidson of Oregon City, OR, Jennifer (Mike) Simonson of Duluth and Rukshan (Kusala) Wijesekera of Eagan MN. He is also survived by grandchildren: Christie (Ryan) Larson, Tim (Elisabeth) Ammerman, Sherry Ammerman, Janet Manthey, Jill Manthey, Laura (Joe) Seeberger, Jamie Klein, Katie Klein, and Dillon Wijesekera; one great-grandchild: Nicholas Edward Ammerman; a sister, Florence Aldrich of Duluth and several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to St. Luke's Hospice Home Care, especially Wendy, for helping Ed on his final journey.

A memorial service for A. Edward Manthey will be held Wednesday, July 6, 2011, at 1pm at St. Paul's Episcopal Church 1710 East Superior St.. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to Lake Superior Lodge or to St. Paul's Episcopal Church Bell Choir.Arrangements under the direction of Bell Brothers Funeral Home, Duluth, MN.


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, July 6, 2011

  • Memorial Service

    Wednesday, July 6, 2011


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Mike Stellmaker

July 5, 2011

Ed's presence was one of kindness and generosity, a man who carried himself with grace and dignity. The world could use more men like Ed Manthey. My thoughts and prayers to the entire family.

Art Wright

July 4, 2011

Dear Jean and all family members: I share your grief as I rejoice in the wonderful friendship Helen and I've had with you during many years.

July 4, 2011

Dear Manthey family,
Ed was such a wonderful man. Whenever I think of him I see his bright blue eyes sparkling with laughter. Heaven is going to enjoy having him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. He is going to be missed. Love, Bruce & Deb Esse

Jean & Clark Dohm

July 3, 2011

Dear Jean and family,
Ed was Clark's dearest friend but all of us feel his loss keenly.He was a true gentleman and we will miss him. Please know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of families in not only Duluth but Nashville, Seattle and Baltimore.
Jean & Clark, Debbie & Jim, Judy and Dick & Betsy & Doug