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Jean M. Manley

March 30, 1927June 30, 2019

Jean Marion Eichenberger Manley, 92, of Oneonta, died at home in her sleep on June 29th. The daughter of Carl and Marion (King) Eichenberger of Rexford, NY, Jean was born on March 30th, 1927 in Schenectady, NY. She graduated from Burnt Hills High School in Ballston Lake, NY and attended Traphagen School of Fashion and Design in NYC. As a graphic artist, she started in the ad layout department of The Schenectady Union Star, eventually becoming head of that department. This job was one of the joys of her career. After managing the ad department of Denby’s Dept. Store in Troy, NY, she moved to San Antonio, Texas, with her husband, William Manley, where they had a son on March 8th, 1968, also named William Manley. Shortly thereafter, the family relocated to Oneonta where Jean eventually produced ads for merchants including Wilbur Bank and Winan’s Men’s Store. This led to years of work with The Village Printer in Laurens, NY and Seeley’s Ceramics in Oneonta, where she helped produce their Doll Artisan Magazine. Jean studied painting with John Watrous and Stanley Bate at the Schenectady Museum, and sculpture with Robert Blood, after which she become a member of the Oak Room Artists in Schenectady. Jean had a number of one-woman shows and exhibited in juried shows in Saratoga, San Antonio, Oneonta, Cooperstown, and Utica. Her work is represented in the permanent collection of Central New York Artists at Munson Williams Proctor Institute in Utica. After retirement she produced posters and banners for The Catskill Symphony Orchestra and Orpheus Theater as well as donating time as a literacy volunteer and helping at The Lord’s Table. Jean was an active member of Oneonta’s Main Street Artists, a group that meets weekly and has produced hundreds of paintings, drawings, and prints over their years of existence. Many of the members of this group became some of Jean’s closest friends. Jean is survived by her son, William Manley, and his wife, Sue Faux, of Boston, cousins Ronald King (Marlene), and Richard King (Diane) of Schenectady, Irma Cleveland of Washington State, Pat Foti (husband of her cousin, the late Barbara Foti) and his family of Scotia, NY, as well as numerous cousins in Montana and New Mexico. Jean was predeceased by her ex-husband, her parents, and several cousins from the western US Donations may be given to CANO (Community Artists Network of Oneonta) and the Susquehanna Animal Shelter. A celebration of her life will be announced at a later date.


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Jean M. Manley

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Toni Herzog Fink

July 7, 2019

Dear Bill and family,
My mother Myrtle Herzog and I were so sorry to hear of your mothers passing. She just sent a card and Memorial onJune 16th to Mom because my Dad Paul Herzog passed away in early April.

She said she was looking forward to your visit on June 17th and was looking forward to telling you more about your western relatives in Montana!

I believe we met at a Herzog family reunion held in 1997 at Fairmont Hot Springs. I would love to hear from you on Facebook (Toni Herzog Fink, Chapman Kansas) or e-mail (tonifink@sbcglobal.net) and establish contact with the Carl and Elsa Eichenberger connection.