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“Wishing you peace and comfort, Carol.Rosemarie Lownds and daughters - Cindy, Kathy and Audrey ”
1 of 15 | Posted by: Kathy Lownds-Reynolds - NH

“So sorry for your loss Aunt Carol and family. The obituary was spot on and Uncle Jim will be missed. Hopefully there is peace knowing exactly where...Read More »
2 of 15 | Posted by: David Pedersen

“I will miss Uncle Jim greatly! He always had a big smile and funny jokes waiting for me when I got to stay with him and Aunt Carol when we visited. I...Read More »
3 of 15 | Posted by: Kim Pedersen

“Uncle Jim was a very good example to me of what a Godly man looks like. Life was never about "stuff" to him, it was about serving our Lord in...Read More »
4 of 15 | Posted by: Marc Pedersen

“Carol and family, I was so saddened to hear of Jim's passing. Carol, I am so sorry for your loss. We love you and are praying for your strength to...Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: A friend

“Jim Manzi will always be an example to me of what it means to be a doer of God's Word and of how to serve Him continually and faithfully. Even as he...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: Annette Hahner

“Jim was a true servant of the Lord. We continue to keep you all in our prayers. We love you! Kevin and Allison Taylor ”
7 of 15 | Posted by: Allison Taylor

“Jim was a wonderful man. Always a friendly hello and big smile. He will be missed. ”
8 of 15 | Posted by: Les and Marcia Sindland

“Our sympathy and prayers are with you. We am sure Jim heard the words "Well done good and faithful servant." as Jesus welcomed him into the kingdom....Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: Jerry and Linda Gaylord - CT

“Jim was one of my first customers at Action Carpet. Always a gentleman. So sorry to hear of his loss. God Bless his memory. ”
10 of 15 | Posted by: Karen Blake-Largay - CT

“Jenn and Todd, the Roman family send prayers and love to you at this difficult time. May your memories stay vivid as the pain fades. May our...Read More »
11 of 15 | Posted by: Kim and Garry Roman - Granby, CT

Jim volunteering in the new facility Rescue Mission facility! “Carol and girls, You are in my prayers. My heart aches over the loss of Jim. He was a joy to see when I came to work at the Rescue Mission and as I...Read More »
12 of 15 | Posted by: Julie Barnes - Westfield, MA

“My sincere condolences to the family. Jim is the sweetest, kindest and just an all around beautiful spirit. There is a special place in Heaven for...Read More »
13 of 15 | Posted by: Kristin Melendez - Chicopee, MA

“Jim was a joy filled presence in my life from the time I met him. We share grandsons with him. ”
14 of 15 | Posted by: Althea Driver - Childress, TX

“I'm so sorry to hear this. Jim was a great man. God bless him and your family. ”
15 of 15 | Posted by: Lindsay Holcomb


James C. Manzi, 78, of East Hartland passed peacefully into the arms of the Lord on Saturday, June 25, 2016 with his family at his side. He was the beloved husband and best friend of Carol (Samuelsen) Manzi for 51 loving and happy years. They were blessed with two amazing daughters, Jennifer Shelansky and Allison Driver. James was born in Ware, MA, the son of the late Caroline (Tarckini) Clement of Simsbury and John Manzi. He graduated from Canton High School and later served his country in the United States Army at Fort Bennington, GA and in Germany, where he was able to tour other nations by motorcycle. He returned home to Simsbury where he was employed for many years at Wagner Ford, and later by the Hartland School System, known by the kids as "Mr. Brownie Pants." James served as Chairman of the Board of Education in East Hartland for many years and served on the board of directors at the Springfield Rescue Mission, where he also volunteered weekly preparing and serving meals to the less fortunate. For 10 years, Jim, together with his wife, volunteered their time in the Awana program at Westfield Evangelical Church working with the youth. He was skilled in the art of caning furniture and had a small business, Country Chair Caning. He had a terrific sense of humor and an easy manner. His deep love and trust in the Lord helped him weather his health problems without complaint. He will be missed each and every day by his wife and daughters, two sons-in-law, Daniel Driver and Todd Shelansky; six grandchildren, Haydn Driver, Samuel Driver, Robbie Shelansky, Ben Shelansky, Tobi Shelansky, Owyn Shelansky; a special niece, Deborah Katten; a special aunt, Loretta Fahey; and many other family members and friends. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Raymond Manzi. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, June 29, 1 p.m., at the Bethany Lutheran Brethren Church, 116 Walnut Hill Road, East Hartland. Burial with Military Honors will follow in East Hartland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that in memory of Jim and his unfailing kindness to his fellow man, donations be made to the Springfield Rescue Mission, P.O. Box 9045, Springfield, MA 01102-9045 or by visiting www.hope4springfield.org/donate.