Betty C Manis  August 30 1928  October 24 2018

Betty C Manis August 30 1928 October 24 2018

Obituary for Betty C. Manis Betty Cornman Manis passed away October 24, 2018, at the age of 90. Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, she graduated from Newcomb College with a degree in Biology and worked as a researcher. Betty met her husband, Norman, when he visited the city on vacation and they were set up on a blind date. They married soon after and she moved to Fond du Lac, where she embraced the city as her home. Betty was actively involved in many charitable organizations, including Service League of Fond du Lac, where she served as president. She was also a lifetime member of Hadassah. In 1973, Betty was awarded her instructor certification through Sivananda, becoming one of the very first yoga teachers in Wisconsin. Many people who developed lifelong practices had their first introduction to yoga from Betty. In 1983, Betty moved to the Orlando, Florida area, where she scaled back her general classes and focused more on using yoga to help individuals with geriatric issues. Betty was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Norman A. Manis, to whom she was married for 64 years. She was also predeceased by her parents, Isidore and Sarah Cornman, her sisters Tillye, Miriam, Rhea, Claire, Faye Helen and Faye Rose, and by her brother Leon. She is survived by her children: Stuart Manis of Longwood, Florida , Marc (Harriet) Manis of Winter Springs, Florida and Julie (Bruce Kraus) Manis of New York City; as well as her sister Gail (Karlman) Wasserman of Los Angeles. Betty is also sadly mourned by her many nieces, nephews and former yoga students. Graveside services were held on Friday, October 26, at Rienzi Cemetery. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, please give to The Alzheimer’s & Dementia Resource Center To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Betty C. Manis please visit our Sympathy Store.

Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Betty C Manis August 30 1928 October 24 2018.

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Death notice for the town of: Fond du Lac, state: Wisconsin

death notice Betty C Manis August 30 1928 October 24 2018

obituary notice Betty C Manis August 30 1928 October 24 2018

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  1. Dear Stu, Marc and Julie–I just got word of your mother, Betty’s, death. My mother passed away, too, at about the same time and age (Aug. 22, 1918, age 91) And our fathers both preceded them in death (mine in 2002, yours in 2015).
    I agree with your friend, Mrs. Stupp, that Betty was very nice, welcoming, and charming. I saw it mentioned by someone else on the Web that Betty had tact. I agree with that, too, or even a stronger word, diplomacy! I once asked my mother how she would compare Fond du Lac’s Jewish community with Rockford’s. (I went to high school in Rockford, IL.) She said simply, “In Fond du Lac there was no one that sophisticated!” To myself, though, I thought, Mrs. Manis comes close!–with all of the good and none of the bad qualities of “sophisticates.” She had both brains and beauty and didn’t act conceited about them. She used her gifts to learn gourmet cooking, yoga, and biology in college–things that mattered. She told me once that she was very interested in E.S.P.
    And then there was me, the wet-behind-the-ears summer intern, who made such gaffes as to describe Dr. Mason C. Darling, an early real estate developer, as “not much of a doctor, and even less of a darling” [an angry Mr. Draves made me redo the whole piece] and as to let my politics and religion show in my stories, e.g., writing unpopular articles about “Mothers Forward,” a group of welfare mothers who lived in North Fond du Lac in homes more expensive than our own hard-working reporters could afford.
    But all these and other things Betty seemed able to forgive–even if they embarrassed her. She appeared to accept them with humorous resignation. As I recall, Julie (and Stu, too?–I don’t remember) wrote a letter to the editor about the necessity for “Zero Population Growth,” and signed it, “Ledgeview Avenue.” Betty chuckled about “what great anonymity” this was bound to give the letter-writers on this street full of good, large, Catholic families! But she also told my mother that when you have children who see the world through young eyes, they can teach their parents new ways of thinking about things.
    Well, I’ll stop here, Stu, Marc and Julie. With deepest sympathy, from an old friend, David Bittner

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