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June 11, 2013

Maryann Mannion

TRAVERSE CITY — Maryann Brogger Mannion passed away on June 6, 2013. She lived a full and selfless life, the magnitude of which is difficult to consolidate.

Maryann was born on Oct. 14, 1919, to Tony and Mayme Brogger in Saginaw, Mich. She married Frank Mannion Jr. in 1942, and with endless patience and love, they raised Kristiann, Patrick, Lauriann, Michael, and Melissiann.

As a young woman, she was active with the Little Theater in Vermont, and Pit and Balcony Theater in Saginaw, both directing and acting in numerous plays. She worked as a teacher’s aid for eight years, assisting with physically and mentally handicapped pre-schoolers. At age 55, she became a Social Worker with Saginaw Community Mental Health, and worked with families and children-in-need in the inner city of Saginaw for the next 16 years. This work was her favorite.

She made a life commitment to peace and justice, and the disadvantaged. For 16 years, she volunteered at the Good Neighbor Mission, in Saginaw’s inner city, helping those in need of food, clothing, and a listening ear. She was a member of the Saginaw Peace and Justice Chapter, which led her to attend civil rights marches and peace demonstrations in Washington D.C., New York City, Omaha, Wurtzsmith Airforce Base near Oscoda, and KI Sawyer Airforce Base in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. She was proudly arrested while demonstrating at a Strategic Arms Center in Omaha, and again at Wurtzsmith Airforce Base, for acts of non-violent civil disobedience. Her activism was an extension of her heart.

May her memory resonate in her community of strangers, friends and family; each act of compassionate kindness and movement toward social justice; and every backyard birdsong.

Please visit Maryann’s webpage at www.lifestorynet.com to sign the guest book and share a message or memory with her family.

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