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Geo. H. Lewis & Sons Funeral Directors

1010 Bering Drive, Houston, TX

OBITUARY

Andrew William Manias

July 4, 1994February 9, 2020
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Andrew William Manias, cherished son and loving brother, passed away the morning of Sunday, the 9th of February 2020, in Houston. He was 25 years of age.

Andrew was born in Denver, Colorado on the 4th of July 1994. Anxious to join our family, Andrew was transported by life flight on July 3rd (10 ½ weeks prior to his due date) from Casper, Wyoming to Denver Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital. Under the compassionate and skilled expertise of his NICU doctors and nurses, Andrew defied the odds, surpassed all expectations, and was released far ahead of schedule. Andrew continued to overcome expected limitations throughout his life, after he was diagnosed at age four with Asperger’s Syndrome. Though throughout his childhood his family was advised that there was a litany of skills Andrew would never accomplish, including attending a competitive high school or playing a team sport, he addressed every challenge without question and with 100% dedication and effort. Andrew joined his first youth football team as a 2nd grader as a member of the West University Shamrocks. For the next six seasons, Andrew competed with his brother, Hayden, friends and teammates in the Southwest Football League (“SFL”).

Andrew continued to play football through his sophomore year at the Kinkaid School, where he attended high school. Andrew graduated from Kinkaid in 2013 as a member of the Cum Laude Society. He began attending Rice University in 2013 and was in the process of finishing his final semester with a History degree in May 2020.

Andrew was an “old soul” who admitted he was born in the wrong time in history. Andrew was insatiably curious and, whenever the opportunity arose, Andrew would seize the chance to engage in enthusiastic conversation with his elders, intent on learning as much as possible from what he perceived to be their invaluable experience. He was particularly drawn to the study of the WWII era. One of his favorite experiences was a trip to visit with the veterans who volunteered at the WWII museum in Huntsville, Texas. Andrew was a beautiful writer and had dreams of traveling the world to meet people of all backgrounds in order to study their cultures and histories and, ultimately, to chronicle his experiences and knowledge gained in his own novels.

In his free time, Andrew loved to summer at his grandparents’ ranch in Wyoming. He enjoyed hiking and always challenged himself and his fellow hikers to persevere beyond the original goal set that day to reach the next peak in sight and then the next peak and on and on until he finally wore everyone else out. He also had a passion for astronomy and loved to study the myriad of stars in the clear mountain sky. He dreamed of traveling to Mars and spent countless hours during his youth visiting Johnson Space Center, which he referred to as “Space Camp.”

Andrew was a kind, innocent, gentle, caring individual. He was extremely intelligent and curious and had an insatiable thirst for knowledge. He loved to travel and when he finally visited Italy for the first time he wowed our tour guides with the depth of his knowledge and even corrected them on occasion. Perhaps, his one fault was that he was so honest that it could ruffle some feathers. Andrew loved his visits to New England to visit with his extended Greek family and relished their childhood stories. He loved his grandparents and wrote a particularly funny, yet accurate, short story about his Grandma called, “Driving Miss Crazy,” which highlighted his incredibly dry sense of humor combined with his overwhelming love and respect for family.

Andrew was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Randall Meyer and Barbara Swetman Meyer and by his paternal grandmother, Diane Haeussler Manias. He is survived by his parents, Bill and Gretchen Manias; and his brother, Hayden Manias, of Houston. He is also survived by his grandfather, George Manias of Concord, New Hampshire; his uncle, Warren Meyer and his wife Kate, of Phoenix, Arizona; his aunt, Kirsten Meyer Wrinkle and her husband Geoff of Charlotte, North Carolina, Xanthi Manias Gray and her husband Dan of Portsmouth, New Hampshire; and his cousins, Nicholas and Amelia Meyer of Phoenix, Alex Wrinkle of Charlotte, and Lannon, Kealey and Ainsley Gray of Portsmouth.

Andrew’s family wishes to acknowledge and express their sincere gratitude for the love and friendship extended to Andrew by his lifelong friend, Brandon Karnoski and his dear, loving godmother, Meg. A memorial service is to be conducted at two o’clock in the afternoon on Saturday, the 15th of February, in the Jasek Chapel of Geo. H. Lewis and Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston, where Rev. Steve Wells, Pastor of South Main Baptist Church, will officiate.

Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception in the adjacent grand foyer.

In lieu of customary remembrances, and for those desiring, memorial contributions in Memory of Andrew Manias may be directed to Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, Attn: NICU Social Workers, 2001 High St., Denver, CO., 80218.

“The world has lost a truly unique young man who defied the odds to surpass all expectations. He will be dearly missed by family and friends. Our angel on Earth is now our angel in Heaven.”

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 15, 2020

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Betty Hoadley

February 21, 2020

The entire Hoadley family extends its deepest sympathy to all of you on the loss of your beloved son and brother. How does anyone explain this turn of events? We can't. We have to trust that Andrew did important work on earth and now he has more important work to do. We trust that he will be reunited with his wonderful grandmother, Diane, for whom we had great love and great fun together. Stay strong and stay together.

Jenny George

February 19, 2020

Dear Gretchen, Bill and Hayden- we are so very sorry for your heartbreaking loss. You will be in our hearts and our prayers.
much love ,
Mark and Jenny George

Bonnie Likover

February 15, 2020

Gretchen, Bill and Hayden,

My heart is breaking for you. I know how difficult losing your son and brother is and I am sending thoughts and prayers for peace and the comfort that only time passing provides. May Andrews's life continue to bless you all the days of your lives. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

Much love from me, Larry and Collin

Catherine Christopherson

February 14, 2020

Oh, Gretchen. While I never knew Andrew I heard many endearing things about him from my mom, Donita Choate, who loved him and your family so very much. My heart aches for your profound loss. May you find comfort in the love of friends and family and cherished memories of Andrew.

The Kokulis Family

February 13, 2020

We loved seeing Andrew each year in Maine for our annual Fourth of July celebration. What made it truly special was that we got to celebrate his birthday all together too. He would come well equipped each year with a cooler of dry ice and Blue Bell ice cream - it was his favorite and quickly became a favorite of ours!

As part of tradition, Andrew would love hearing all the old stories of all the antics that our Dads got up to in their younger days. Andrew would always laugh the hardest at these stories and it brought a huge smile to everyone’s face.

We will truly miss his infectious laugh, his kindness, and his enthusiasm for his family.

Sending all of our love to Uncle Billy, Aunt Gretchen, Hayden and Uncle George

Josh, Courtney, Caroline & Steve.

Erin Hoffman

February 13, 2020

Gretchen, Bill and Hayden-
You are in our thoughts and close to our hearts . Sending prayers for peace and comfort.
Ken, Erin and Andrew Hoffman

Lisa Spiro

February 13, 2020

I knew Andrew through his work on the Rice Historical Review's editorial board, for which I serve as the faculty adviser. I appreciated his genial spirit, openness to ideas, willingness to pitch in, and sharp critical mind. We will miss him.

Please accept my sincere sympathies.

Carol Robichaux

February 13, 2020

My sincere condolences to Bill, Gretchen, Hayden and their loved ones. I recall Andrew as such a happy, spirited young man when our boys played SFL together. Prayers, hugs and love to you all. Rest Easy Andrew.

Michael McCoy

February 13, 2020

To Gretchen and Bill;

Beth and I are so very sorry for your unimaginable loss. We will always remember Andrew as being inquisitive, naturally curious, and so incredibly intelligent. He was truly an "old soul."

May our prayers be with you.

Beth and Mike

Sue and George Kokulis

February 13, 2020

When we think of our nephew Andrew, we see him smiling, laughing and asking lots of questions…and that makes us smile.

Family parties on the 4th of July were always so special when Andrew joined us.

We enjoyed telling family stories because he laughed so hard.

We enjoyed beach time because he would go into the “frigid water” with his Papou.

We all enjoyed cake and Blue Bell ice cream because it was his favorite and his birthday!!

Family parties on the 4th of July will always be so special because Andrew touched our hearts. We will always remember his kind soul and smiling face.

All of our thoughts and prayers are with Bill, Gretchen and Hayden

Aunt Sue & Uncle Podge

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