It is with great sadness that we announce after a long, courageous fight with congestive heart failure, Manuel (Manny) Patrick Florez passed away on November 20, 2019 at the Washington D.C. VA Medical Center.
Manuel was born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin to Florentine and Timothea Florez on April 4, 1934. After his mother’s early death, he and his siblings were placed into the foster care program in Fond du Lac. He attended high school at St. Mary’s Springs Academy and graduated in 1952. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps shortly after and served honorably in the Korean War. After the Marine Corps, Manuel enrolled in Pasadena City College. Three years later, he pursued a career in micrographics sales. His outgoing, charismatic personality, drive, and persistency earned him much success. He was appointed to the Government Affairs Committee of the National Micrographics Association in 1978 and worked for 3M and Realist Inc., prior to starting his own veteran owned business, The MPF Company. After 30+ years of working in the micrographics industry, Manuel retired as the President/Owner of his own successful business.
During Manuel’s younger years he was an avid athlete, playing basketball throughout his youth, and baseball for the Marine Corps. Manuel shared a love for disco and jazz music, and was known as a terrific dancer. Manuel was very involved as a volunteer for many years at Nativity Catholic School, where his daughters attended. His proudest accomplishment was coaching his Division 1, C.Y.O. girls’ basketball team to three years of undefeated seasons, with the exception of one loss. He had an intense love for Green Bay Packers football, and never missed watching a Washington Nationals game on T.V.
Manuel is survived by his wife Rosemary Florez, twin daughters Briana and Lydia Florez, grandson Hayden Hagerty, sister Lillian Wingers, brother Fr. Samuel Florez, foster brother Robert Whealon, nephews and nieces Cameron Wingers, Brandon Wingers, Sheila Jewell, Lauri Coffman, and godchildren, Greg Jones, Kelly McIntosh, and Lauren Schmidt. He is preceded in death by his parents Florentine and Timothea Florez, and foster-mother Sarah Whealon.
Our family would like to thank the entire cardiology department of the Washington DC VA Medical Center for their care of Manuel over the years, especially Dr. Pamela Steele, for giving him so many more years of life with us through her treatment and guidance.
A mass of Christian burial will be held to honor Manuel’s long life at Nativity Catholic Church (6400 Nativity Ln, Burke, VA 22015) on Monday, December 16 at 10:30 a.m. A military burial ceremony will follow at Quantico National Cemetery (18424 Joplin Rd, Triangle, VA 22172) at 1 p.m. We welcome all friends and family to a luncheon following the burial. (Location TBA)
Due to the restriction of three floral arrangements per burial at Quantico, we would like to suggest the following as alternatives to honor Manuel.
Manuel was never adopted, and instead was moved from foster home to foster home, until his own social worker (Sarah Whealon) decided to take him in at 16. Manuel desired to help other foster children, and also contributed to foster children’s education during his lifetime.
Manuel suffered a TBI while serving in the Marine Corps that impacted him throughout his life. Many servicemen return and suffer from symptoms that impact not just them, but also their families for years. Early diagnosis and treatment is key.
There was no greater joy in Manuel’s life than the ability to live with and share in the raising of his young 6-year-old grandson, Hayden Hagerty. They shared a love of food, music, humor and the Catholic faith. Manuel contributed to Hayden’s Catholic school education, & it was his desire that he remain in Catholic school upon his death, at least through his first communion and confirmation, so that he receives what Manuel felt would be the best proper spiritual and moral guidance in his absence. To honor Manuel’s wish, we have set up an education savings account to achieve his goal of keeping Hayden in Catholic school through 8th grade.
Donations to honor this request may be sent by mail to:
P.O. Box 60.
St. Cloud, MN 53602-0060
Payable to: Hayden Hagerty (Memo: - A|C# 36086960862)