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A Wetzel and Son Obituary for:
Nicola Luigi Manes
December 16, 1934 - March 7, 2023

Public Events and Locations

Viewing - Saturday, March 18, 2023, 9:00 to 10:00 AM at Presentation B. V. M. Church, Cheltenham
Funeral Mass - Saturday, March 18, 2023, 10:00 AM at Presentation B. V. M. Church, Cheltenham
Graveside Service - Saturday, March 18, 2023, 11:45 AM at Resurrection Cemetery, Bensalem


Funeral Home - Wetzel and Son Funeral Home - 419 Huntingdon Pike, Rockledge, PA 19046 - 215-663-8550 - Map
Clergy - Presentation B. V. M. Church - 100 Old Soldiers Road, Cheltenham, PA 19012 - 215-379-1364 - Map
Cemetery - Resurrection Cemetery - 5201 Hulmeville Road, Bensalem, PA 19020 - 215-639-0965 - Map
Family Florist - Sally’s Flowers - 7950 Oxford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19111 - 215-722-4500 - Map
Donation - Presentation B. V. M. Church - 100 Old Soldiers Road, Cheltenham, PA 19012 - 215-379-1364 - Map

Nicola Luigi Manes of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania died Tuesday, March 7, 2023 at Deer Meadows. He was 88 years old. Nicola was born December 16, 1934 in Montenero Di Bissacia, Italy, son of the late Pasquale Manes and the late Lucia Manes (nee - D’Antouno). He is the beloved husband of the late Orazia Manes; father of Luciano Manes and Barbara Mang and her husband Jason; grandfather of George and Arthur Mang and Madeline McCoy; and brother of Antonio, Mario, and Concettina.

Nicola Luigi Manes, whether you knew him as “Nick” or “Gino,” was, in a word, extraordinary. Nicola was born in 1934, in the Abruzzo region of Italy, he was raised on his grandparents’ farm in Montenero di Bisaccia. He survived the days of World War II impacting his life as a young child. Until about the age of 14, Nicola worked on his grandparents’ farm working the land and tending livestock. He was then recruited by the Italian army as a driver. During the Korean War, he went on to become an artilleryman and paratrooper. Following his Italian military service, Nicola went back to the farm for several years before making the decision to pursue opportunities in the United States in 1969. He found work with a heavy and highway construction company that led to a decades-long construction career. He married his wife, Orazia, in 1972, and went on to have two children, Luciano and Barbara. He retired at 70 years old and became fulltime caregiver to his wife, Orazia, until 2021 when he suffered a stroke. Nicola never wavered, never hesitated, he was doting and diligent when it came to his responsibilities as a worker, husband, and father.

Nicola was devout in his Roman Catholic faith and commitment to his family. He was very proud of his Italian heritage. On the weekends, he could be found cheering on his favorite sports teams. He was an avid Italian soccer fan. And he enjoyed watching the Philadelphia Eagles. His gardening skills were unparalleled, his gardens affectionately dubbed “Gino’s farm” would produce figs, tomatoes, peppers, string beans, and more! It really was something to behold. Gino was always trying to feed anyone who walked through the door and was quick to offer a cup of coffee or glass of wine depending on the hour of day.

To his family, he was the definition of hero, always brave, and seemingly fearless. He was a jack-of-all-trades. There was nothing he couldn’t fix… household repairs, car problems, or most importantly, words of wisdom. Gino’s family lost a truly remarkable man.

Relatives and friends were invited to his viewing on Saturday, March 18, 2023 from 9:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. and Funeral Mass at 10:00 A.M. at Presentation B. V. M. Church, 100 Old Soldiers Road, Cheltenham, PA 19012. His graveside service followed at Resurrection Cemetery, 5201 Hulmeville Road, Bensalem, PA 19020.

Religious services were conducted by Fr. William S. Harrison from Presentation B. V. M. Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Presentation B. V. M. Church, 100 Old Soldiers Road, Cheltenham, PA 19012.

Family flowers arranged by Sally’s Flowers 215-722-4500.

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