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Elizabeth "Libby" Ann Manian

February 19, 1951December 26, 2020

Elizabeth “Libby” Manian dedicated her life to empowering women and all workers through union negotiations and feminist activism. Libby died suddenly on December 26, 2020 at the age of 69, her voice and life’s work, are now her legacy. Libby was born Elizabeth Ann Czulinski on February 19, 1951 in Hamtramck, Michigan to Bernard and Patronella (Nobar). She graduated class of 1969 from Center Line High School in Warren and attended school at the Detroit College of Business where she earned her Associate’s Degree. Libby married Steven Manian in 1972. Together, they bought a house in Roseville where they lived for 36 years and raised a son. She worked as an accountant, and as a secretary for the labor unions and strongly believed that unions were an effective way to uplift women in the workplace. Libby passionately negotiated with employers on behalf of workers to improve the quality of life on the job for everyone. When she entered a room, she held court. Libby was strong, but positive; she was a loving and generous woman with lots of friends. Her absence will be great because of the impression she made. In her personal life, Libby was a wife, a mother and a grandmother. Good with her hands, she was willing to try any new hobby such as quilting, knitting and creating stained glass; however, none of those outweighed her love of gardening. Those left in shock over the sudden loss of such a dynamic person are Libby’s husband of 49 years, Steven, son, Lucas and his spouse, Jenni, grandson, Ali Manian, siblings, Robert and Mary Ellen. She was preceded in death by her parents. Memorial contributions may be made in Libby’s memory to Heifer International, an organization she admired for their commitment to end poverty and hunger and uplift people around the world. Please learn more and donate at heifer.org. Arrangements are entrusted to Covell Funeral Home in Traverse City.

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Christine Cassisi

December 31, 2020

I was shocked to hear the news that Libby had passed. After moving to traverse City for her dream retirement we lost touch. But Libby doesn’t ever leave your heart. She was a good friend for years while working together at the UAW. She was a true union leader. Having worked at my dads local 889 years ago he spoke highly of her. Then I had the pleasure of working with her. Outside of work we had some fun time at the Blue Goose hearing Steve play in his band, some luncheons. All of course planned by Libby. She’s my favorite “old hippie”
Steve and Lucas my heart breaks for the two of you and grandson who will never get to know his grandmother. Stay strong. Libby always with you in spirit.

carole caravaggio

December 30, 2020

She will be sadly missed by all that knew her. We worked together for about 15 years - she was part of our "A-Team" . We all send our love to Steve & Lucas.

Chris Weiss

December 30, 2020

Steve, Luke and family,
I’m so sorry for your loss. Libby was a great friend and colleague that taught me so much in the more than 40 years I’ve known her. Libby taught me how to shake hands and look people in the eye. She taught me about unions and equality, she taught me to push myself and believe in myself. With the nickname Dr Libbo, she also taught me when in a rush you really only need to shave the front of your legs. Seducing your husband can get you out of washing the kitchen floor and there are ways to keep your kids safe while making time for yourself and husband. We had many laughs over the years and many educational moments. Hug each other a little tighter and keep her memories alive.

Rest In Peace Libby.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY