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June M. Manning, retired registered nurse

June 10, 1927 – April 5, 2016 June M. Manning

July 6, 1926 – April 7, 2016 Robert J. Manning

June M. Manning died Tuesday at Elderwood in Cheektowaga. She was 88.

Her husband, Robert J., died Thursday, two days later, at Mercy Hospital. He was 89.

The Cheektowaga couple had been married for 63 years and had always anticipated their lives would end like this – together.

“My mom always expected they would go together – as long as she went first,” said their son, Richard.

Mrs. Manning’s condition had deteriorated in recent weeks after being in and out of the hospital with congestive heart failure. Her husband – rundown from trying to care for and visit her – caught pneumonia and was taken to Mercy. That’s where he was when she died.

“He seemed to take it very well – finally relieved she was in peace,” their son said.

Mr. Manning appeared to be improving enough to attend her funeral on Tuesday, when his condition took a turn for the worse. His death came as a bit of a surprise to the family.

“We expected him to hang on for at least a couple more years,” their son said. “Maybe he just missed her too much.”

Born in Tonawanda, the former June Schwinger earned a degree in nursing from the Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing in 1948.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Manning graduated from St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute in 1943. He served in the Army during World War II, earning the American Campaign, Victory and Army Operation medals.

They married on June 7, 1952. The couple lived for years in Lancaster, where they raised their family.

She worked at Deaconess as a registered nurse until retiring in the 1970s.

Mr. Manning worked at New York Telephone, where he retired in 1984. He was a lifetime member of the Telephone Pioneers of America.

Mrs. Manning was active in Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. She was adept at sewing and needlework and won awards for cross-stitching, needlepoint and crocheting. The two loved to travel together, taking cruises and camping in Java.

“Inseparable,” their son said.

Survivors include a daughter, Jeanne Liuzzi; three sons, Michael, Richard and Paul; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Mrs. Manning also is survived by a brother, Robert Schwinger.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered for Mr. and Mrs. Manning at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, 1 St. Mary’s Hill, Lancaster.