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Manus E. Norton, age 83, of Greenville, passed away Friday morning, October 12, 2012 at Spectrum Health-United Hospital Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, Greenville. The son of a Danish mother, Hilda Sophia (Hansen), and an Irish father, Manus Edward Norton, Sr., he was born on April 21, 1929 in Greenville and grew up in Trufant. He graduated from Lakeview High School and on Nov. 29, 1958, in Cadillac, he married Patricia Lois Munson.

For many years Manus worked as the office manager for UAW Local 137 at the former Gibson Refrigerator Co. and in retirement worked part-time as a travel agent for Connections Travel in downtown Greenville… a job he truly enjoyed that allowed him to help plan and organize trips and vacations for others. He enjoyed traveling, gardening, and had many other varied interests and hobbies. A published author, Manus wrote the book “Domenic-Oh: Race Horse of the Sky” which was based on his retirement hobby of racing pigeons with his good friend, Dr. Domenico “Dom” Ausiello.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Elizabeth Jane “Betty” Norton-Wilson on October 1, 1997.

Surviving are his wife of nearly 54 years, Pat Norton of Greenville; their daughter, Mindy Norton of Mt. Pleasant; a niece, Mary Nielsen-Towers of Greenville; a nephew, Jim & Bonnie Wilson of Midland; three great nephews and a great niece, Eric & Brianne Wilson, Chad & Shannon Wilson, Larry Nielsen, and Tara & Jim Babbitt; three great-great nephews, Trevor Nielsen, Mitchell Babbitt, and Jack Babbitt; two great-great nieces, Elizabeth Nielsen and Lilly Babbitt; and many, many dear friends including Ted Cowles. He will be greatly missed by all those who loved and knew him.

Visitation is Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, where the Rosary will be prayed at 7:30 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday at Christiansen’s, with rite of committal following at St. Charles Catholic Cemetery. The Rev. Father Michael F. Cilibraise will officiate. Instead of flowers, Manus would have appreciated contributions in his memory to St. Charles Catholic Church. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Manus’ online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:


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  1. Anonymous on October 12, 2012 at 12:00 am


    11/14/2012 –

    Opal/Al Fugitt

    Just I remember Manus from the Union Hall where he kept our books. Will be missed.

    10/15/2012 –

    Mary McNees

    Gods Blessing be with you Pat and Mindy. Manus was loved by our family so very much. He will be missed.

    10/15/2012 –

    Mary Reed

    Dear Manus, Womderful husband and father. Rest in peace, God Bless you.

    10/15/2012 –

    Brian & Penny Simones

    Penny and I were deeply saddened by the news about the death of Manus. I am so very sorry. This must be very difficult for you. Please remember that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    10/14/2012 –

    Jane (Harper) Baker

    Mrs. Norton & Mindy, my thoughts are with you both in this time of sorrow. So sorry for your loss.

    10/13/2012 –

    Gamez Family

    Thank you Manus for being a friend, a brother, and a godfather to my family. The memories and the love will for ever be with us. RIP

    10/13/2012 –

    Mary E. Hehl

    My condolences to Pat& Mindy. I have many fond memories of our get togethers with Pat & Manus over the years.Love & prayers. Mary

    10/13/2012 –

    Heidi and Jim Schmidt

    We will always remember the generous welcome, shown to us by Manus and Pat, when our family of 7 visited from Norway. We will miss Manus, both in Denmark and Norway. Warm thoughts go to Pat and Mindy and the family

    10/13/2012 –

    Ethan Fox

    I’m glad I was able to see you this summer. I’m very blessed to have had you in my life. I couldn’t have asked for a better Godfather. Gods speed on your next journey.-Ethan Fox

    10/13/2012 –

    Connie Geer

    Manus was a wonderful man…he could make you laugh and bring joy to any room he was in…I am going to miss you… See you on the other side

    10/13/2012 –

    Georgia Bradley

    Pat, I’m so sorry for your loss. He was so nice to everyone. You are in my prayers. Georgia Bradley

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  2. Debbie on April 2, 2015 at 12:00 am

  3. Debbie on April 2, 2015 at 12:00 am

    May God bless you always surrounding you and your family with love always. We will love you forever. Peace.

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