Manuszak, Robert



Robert Manuszak, 86, of Gaylord, passed away on Thursday, November 23, 2017 at Aspen Ridge.


Robert “Bob” Joseph Manuszak was born to Joseph and Mary (Cudnik) Manuszak on May 31, 1931 in Cleveland, Ohio. On July 26, 1954, he married the love of his life Lillian Wieneski, and together they raised three children. After his discharge from the Army in 1960, Bob continued his work as a foreman at General Motors; after 14 years there, Bob and his family moved to Gaylord in 1971. In addition to being a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Bob was also a Fourth Degree Sir Knight with the Knights of Columbus.


Bob is survived by his wife of 63 years, Lillian; his children Robert G. Manuszak, Richard (Laura) Manuszak, and Karen (Gary) Giddings; seven grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; and brother George (Ruth) Manuszak. He is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Mary; and three brothers.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 11:00 AM from St. Mary Cathedral.


Visitation at the Nelson Funeral Home will be held on Monday, November 27, 2017 from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM and will continue Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at the cathedral from 10:00 AM until the time of services.


St. Mary Knights of Columbus will offer a rosary at the Nelson Funeral Home on Monday evening (Nov. 27) at 6:00 PM.


Memorial contributions may be made to the Otsego County Commission on Aging or to the Alzheimer’s Association.



  1. Teresa and Paul Koronka November 24, 2017 at 7:45 pm - Reply

    Lillian, Rick and Laura, our condolences. You are all in our prayers.

  2. Anita Franckowiak. San Antonio Texas November 24, 2017 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    Lillian and family, so sorry to hear of Bobs passing. My sincere sympathy to you and your family. So mamy memories. You are in my prayers.

  3. Dave and Tina Fontaine November 24, 2017 at 8:18 pm - Reply

    Our hearts are saddened by the passing of our Dear Brother-in-law. We send our deepest sympathy to my Sister and family. We were so happy that we shared a few laughs with Bob in October. Rest In Peace Bob

  4. Jennifer Wright November 24, 2017 at 9:58 pm - Reply

    Grandma Lil, Rick and Laura, Nate, Tanya, and Adam… I’m so very sorry to hear. My heart is with each of you. Miss you all. The memories of the holidays at grandma and grandpa’s were so joyful. My prayers are for you all.

  5. Renee Agee November 24, 2017 at 10:14 pm - Reply

    Lillian, Bob, Rick and Karen, our thoughts and prayers are with you all today. Hugs to all of you.
    Dan and Renee Agee

  6. Linda Burzynski November 25, 2017 at 6:30 pm - Reply

    Aunt Lil, Bobby, Ricky, and Karen,
    I am so very sorry. Uncle Bob was always one of my favorites. He had a passion and love of life like no one else I’ve ever known. His love of art, baking, music, the church, family,…. I could go on and on . He and Aunt Lil were always present at every event, ready to cheer us on as kids growing up. No matter where we lived in the U.S., he made sure they visited us. I can picture him singing right now, with his beautiful voice, in that great choir to our Heavenly King!
    It is hard to think of the world without my Uncle Bob as part of it. He will missed for he was greatly loved. My prayers are with you and all of the family.

  7. Diana Peffers November 25, 2017 at 9:05 pm - Reply

    I am so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. He was such a kind and compassionate man, he will be missed. Lillian, you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult. I can just imagine how the other Knights in heaven are welcoming him. God Bless

  8. Rick Squires November 26, 2017 at 5:51 pm - Reply

    Always seeing Mr. Bob put a smile on my face. Prayers for him and his family.

  9. Mike and Connie Zaborowski November 27, 2017 at 12:34 am - Reply

    Lillian…Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your entire family. May God grant you the strength and comfort to face this difficult time in your lives. God Bless You all.

  10. Kathy & Terry Avenall November 27, 2017 at 11:49 am - Reply

    Lillian, Karen, Rick & Bob we are so very sorry to hear of your Dads passing! He was a very friendly guy, always with a smile and ready to talk! We’re thinking of you during this difficult time. Our Sympathy to all of you! He will be missed.

  11. Betty (Prusakiewicz) Nester November 27, 2017 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    Dear Lillian, we are so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. He was such a nice man. My brothers knew him well. There was never a time when we would be visiting up North and would be in the same place that Bob (& Lil) would not take time to visit with us. He was the most wonderful singer. Now he sings with the angels in Heaven. Blessings and prayers for all the family. Love you Lillian.

  12. Mike Fontaine November 27, 2017 at 1:55 pm - Reply

    Aunt Lil, sorry to hear about Uncle Bob passing. I will always remember him for “loud” Uncle Bob and was such a great uncle. We all have those great stories and memories of him.
    Love you!

  13. Mary Ellen and Bill Tholl November 27, 2017 at 2:44 pm - Reply

    Dear Lillian and family. Sorry to learn about Bob. Our thoughts and thoughts are with you at this time. We are unable to attend Mass but our prayers are with you. Remember many athletic meetings. Bill and Mary vEllen Tholl ,

  14. Raymond Musall November 27, 2017 at 9:53 pm - Reply

    I will miss Bob’s great sense of humor and how he would brighten up my day . You will be missed .

  15. Marlene Warren November 28, 2017 at 11:40 am - Reply

    Lil, Bob, Rick and Laura, Karen and the whole family, So sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful man. We wanted to be there and visit with you all but it just didn’t work out. Sending love and prayers, Jack and Marlene Warren

  16. Keri Miller November 28, 2017 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    I’m sorry I couldn’t make your service.You were a wonderful man and I enjoyed our visits a long time ago. You will be missed!

  17. Teresa Koronka November 29, 2017 at 11:30 am - Reply

    I’m sorry I couldn’t make it to Bob’s funeral. I heard it was absolutely beautiful. I would like to have seen Karen, Rob, and their families. I’m fortunate to see Rick and Laura often. Lillian you have been in my prayers.

  18. Paul and Mary Ann Schultz November 30, 2017 at 1:34 am - Reply

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Lil and family. We were neighbors when we lived in Gaylord. Bob was just a kind and friendly person. Hang on to all of those good memories.

  19. Sharon A Regan-Brown December 6, 2017 at 2:36 am - Reply

    Lillian and family. So sorry to hear of this sad news for your family. Thinking of you. Bob was such a nice man.

  20. Michelle Walker December 7, 2017 at 3:15 am - Reply

    Where could I start. I’m so sorry for your loss Lil and to Rick, Bob and Karen. So many of my childhood memories are with both of you in it. You both were some of my parents dearest friends. I can remember so many good times and so much laughter. You sang at my wedding, Bob. Every time I’ve seen you both over the years I’ve loved the recollections of all the good times. I’m so very sorry for your loss. My husband Gary and I send our condolences.

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