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Susan Manville

Susan Manville

May 14, 1960 June 24, 2019

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Obituary for Susan Marie Manville

Manville, Susan 6/24/2019 Whitmore Lake Susan Marie Manville Susan (Susie) Marie Manville, age 59, passed from this world June 24, 2019 at home. She was born in Royal Oak, MI to Margaret (Meg) Cowan and Donald R. Bols, the third of four girls. Her joyful effervescence and enthusiasm for life was evident at an early age. It also made sitting still at the dinner table a challenge, as she would just as soon be outside calling out friends to ride bikes or strolling across the top of a swing set. This provided a natural transition into her athletic abilities in dancing and gymnastics. Sue attended Warren High School and was elected Homecoming Queen her senior year. She attended college at Michigan State University and worked part time jobs including a stint with Urban Options (now Michigan Energy Options) in East Lansing, researching and making presentations on energy conservation and renewable energy. Sue developed a mental illness, requiring her to postpone her education and live with her mother for a time. With her mothers' help, she returned to the classroom and was able to graduate from MSU with a bachelors' degree in Natural Resources in 1984. Sue then moved to upstate New York with fellow MSU grad and husband Frank Lane, living there for 10 years working as a bank teller, VISA manager, and microbiologist. In 1994 Sue and Frank moved to Commerce Township, MI. Sue worked for an environmental consulting firm managing asbestos abatement work at commercial and governmental facilities. Sue was offered a job with Oakland County Health Department as a Health Inspector before her friend and former co-worker Jennifer, who was then with Washtenaw County Health Department, suggested she apply for an opening. On August 1, 1995 she began her 20-year career in the Environmental Health Division, though her marriage to Frank ended a year later. Sue's knowledge, enthusiasm, integrity, dedication and kindness was a unique recipe which allowed her to be an effective and respected inspector by her peers and the community she served. "Kind, but firm" was her mantra. While working at Environmental Health, she met and then married the love of her life, and his, Steve Manville in 1999. Together they bought a passive solar home on a dead-end gravel road where they ran together for thousands of miles, planted and tended gardens in the close-knit community of Lorien Oaks. It was on one of their runs in 2007 they found and adopted the only "child" between them; a male tabby kitten they named "Buddy". In August 2015, they retired together on the same day after being honored in March with the Distinguished Service Award by the Michigan Environmental Health Association. Their work family at Environmental Health also purchased 110 pine and spruce trees through the National Arbor Day Foundation, which were planted in their honor the following spring in the Chippewa National Forest of northern Minnesota. They would visit those trees 2 years later on one of their travels in "Trixie", the travel trailer they purchased upon retiring. In it, they and Buddy took various trips from Cape Breton Island, to Key West, Grand Canyon, northern Minnesota and the UP of Michigan, logging over 365 days. Sue is best remembered as a kind and compassionate soul, delighted by simple pleasures and who believed every encounter with someone known or otherwise as holy, and an opportunity to connect. She loved nothing more than a walk in the woods breathing in its' essence and listening to birdsong. Sue is survived by her husband Steve Manville of Whitmore Lake, step-daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter Sarah, Chad and Aubrey Gustin of Indianapolis, IN; step-daughter and future daughter-in-law Maggie Manville of Sanford, FL and Megan MacKellar of Orlando, FL; brother-in-law Drew Manville of Winter Springs, FL; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Jerry and Teresa Rechtenbach of Taylorsville, UT; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Ken and Vickie Thomas of Riverton, UT; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Mike and Sue Thomas of Salt Lake City, UT; brother-in-law Jim Thomas of Salt Lake City, UT; mother Margaret (Meg) Cowan of Plymouth, MI; sister and brother-in-law Joanne and James McKee of Honor, MI; sister and brother-in-law Kate and Rob Upton of Northville, MI; sister Nancy Hart of San Diego, CA; numerous loving nieces and nephews, and Buddy. Visitation will take place on Saturday, July 6, 12pm to 2pm at Nie Funeral Home, 3767 W. Liberty, Ann Arbor, MI., followed by a memorial/celebration with music, words and opportunity to share and hear individual perspectives with those gathered. Cremation has already taken place. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (http://www.dbsalliance.org/) may be made in Sue's honor.

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    Saturday July 6, 2019 |
    Nie Funeral Home Inc
    3767 W Liberty Rd
    Ann Arbor, MI
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    Saturday July 6, 2019
  • Visitation

    Saturday July 6, 2019 | 12:00pm - 2:00pm
    Nie Funeral Home Inc
    3767 W Liberty Rd
    Ann Arbor, MI
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Saturday July 6, 2019
    12:00pm - 2:00pm

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