John Robert Manzi


John Robert Manzi, aka John Robert Mainzi, of East Rochester NY, formerly of Melrose MA. Johnny passed peacefully attended by his loving family, on March 13, 2017 at age 91. Son of Michael and Andrianella (Santaniello) Manzi of Malden MA. Survived by his loving children, Michael J. Manzi, Peter A. Manzi, Ed.D of Rochester and Joan R. Manzi of East Rochester. Also survived by beloved grandchildren Henry J. (Hannah Johnson) Wagner of Cobleskill NY, Bennett A. Wagner of Fairport NY, and Elise A. Manzi of East Rochester NY. Survived by many nieces and nephews. Former husband of Thelma (Sasso). Longtime companion of Flora Spinale of Melrose MA. Predeceased by siblings Helen, Libra “Lee” (Ruth), Cecelia (Charlie) Roper, Annette (Frank) Ventrice, Theodore “Teddy” (Celia), and Joseph. Johnny was a US Navy Veteran who served on the USS English in the Pacific theater during WWII. Retired machinist from Charlestown Navy Yard.

Memorial Mass, Saturday April 1, 2017 at 10:00am at St Joseph’s Church, 43 Gebhardt Rd, Penfield NY 14526. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family. A celebration of Johnny’s life will also be held in the Boston area at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to or ABVI Goodwill at

7 Condolences

  1. Ed & Lee Sasso on March 15, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

  2. Joseph Ventrice on March 15, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    My condolences​ to Michael, Peter, Joan and all the Manzi family for your loss. Your father was very supportive to my family as far back as I have memories. There was never a dull moment when Uncle John was around. I am thankful that I got spend some time with him last summer.

  3. Judge Lynn Nassau McAvinney on March 15, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    Joan, My deepest sympathy to you and your family. You are in my prayers.

  4. Fred and Suzie Ricci on March 17, 2017 at 6:31 am

    We are so sorry to hear of your father’s passing, but so happy that we had at least a chance to meet him. We’ll be in California during his service, but please, don’t hesitate to ask if there is anything we can do for you.

  5. Connor Jane O'Brien on March 21, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Dear Peter,
    Our thoughts are with you and your family, and honor your father. May your memories provide a balm.
    Connor Jane

  6. Robert Manzi on April 6, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    Sorry for your loss. I always wanted to thank him for his helping my parents out during their last years of life. He quietly did much to make their lives easier for them . Jeanne and I want to express our deep condolences to all of John’s family. It seems like yesterday when we were babysitting Michael, Peter, and Joan. We hope to see all of you for Uncle John’s service in the Boston area. Please let us know where and when. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

    • Peter Manzi on June 17, 2020 at 1:35 am

      Just read this after Google popped it up. We always had a blast at your place swimming and chewing the fat. I remember Major was kept in the basement. Our first dog as teens was a German Shepherd. We got a pool because of your family. Uncle Lee and my dad were very close and fun loving people. My mother’s friend Mary Detonio had nicknanes for our relatives. Uncle Lee’s was Mexican Bandit.. Likely cause of his thin best to you and Jean and your family.

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