CANISTEO: Josephine L. “Jo” Manley, 86, of West Main Street, passed away peacefully Wednesday evening (April 17, 2019) at Elderwood at Hornell surrounded by the love and comfort of her family, following a brief illness.
Josephine, who was affectionately known as “Jo” was born February 9, 1933 in the town of Canisteo to the late James K. and Cora M. (Campbell) Hallett. On July 29, 1953 in Ticonderoga, she married Donald Manley who survives and resides in Canisteo.
Jo was a life-long resident of Canisteo who graduated from Canisteo Central School in 1951. After graduation she receive a business degree from the former Hornell Business School. For a short period of time she worked at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. where she met the love of her life and moved back to the Canisteo area. Jo also worked at Steuben County SKEOP for 4 years before finishing her working career at the NYSDOT retiring in 1996 as a payroll clerk.
Jo’s personal activities included bowling, reading and writing poetry, playing computer games, especially “POGO”, playing cards (even poker!) and spending quality time with her family which she enjoyed and loved the most. Civically, she was a life member of both the Canisteo American Women’s Auxiliary and the Hornell VFW Auxiliary.
In addition to her husband Don, Jo is survived by one son, Christopher Manley of Bath, eight daughters, Marcia Manley of Canisteo, Patricia (Donald) Rappleyea of Sandborn, Kathleen Roberts of Bath, Joanne Clark and Donna (Richard) Fronk all of Canisteo, Mary (Daniel) Webb of Friendship, Helen (Michael) Stratton and Corinne Stewart (Robert Lamphier) all of Canisteo.
She is also survived by two sisters, Amy Burdick of Canisteo, Suzanne Griffing of Blue Point Long Island, a sister-in-law Carol Trowbridge, 20 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, 2 great, great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Jo was predeceased by a grandson, Scott Rappleyea, a great grandson, Exzvier Davis, three brothers, James K. Hallett, Jr., Thomas and Lee Hallett and a sister, Harriett Groves.
The family will receive friends from 11:00 am-2:00 pm Monday, April 22, at the H.P. Smith & Son, Inc. Funeral Home in Canisteo where a funeral service will take place immediately following calling hours at 2:00 pm. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Canisteo.
Memorial contributions in Jo’s name may be made to either the Canisteo Fire Dept. c/o Mike Wilson, 35 Main St. Canisteo, N.Y. 14823 or to Steuben Rural Ministries, West Main St. Canisteo, N.Y. 14823.
Online condolences and memories may be shared at hpsmithandsonfuneralhome.com.