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Jacquelyn Anne Manis, 77, Belmont


Belmont, NY – Jacquelyn Anne Manis, 77, of Whitney Avenue, passed away on Sunday, August 13, 2023, at Jones Memorial Hospital. She was born June 5, 1946, in Wellsville, the daughter of the late Catherine Codispoti Manis.

Jackie was raised in Belmont and was a 1964 graduate of Belmont High School. She continued her education at D’Youville College, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in 1968; she then attended the University of Buffalo, graduating with a Master of Arts in American/Women’s Studies in 1984. She also took graduate level Counseling courses at Canisius College. For 20 years, she lived in Buffalo and was employed as a Youth Counselor at Baker Hall in Lackawanna, Connor Children’s Center in Buffalo, and the NYS Division for Youth Buffalo District Office. She was also a Foster Care worker before being promoted to Court Liaison Officer, working for the District 6 Western New York courts in placing youth in appropriate settings. While living in Buffalo, Jackie also taught Women’s Studies Courses at the University of Buffalo and Trocaire College.

After returning to Allegany County in 1985, she was employed by the Allegany County Employment and Training Center for 23 years as Coordinator of Employment Services, developing programs for the unemployed and supervising 5 professional and administrative staff. She also taught courses in Human Service from 2007 to 2015 at Empire State College. Outside of her professional achievements, she served as Trustee for the Village of Belmont for 12 years and was on the Board of Directors of Literacy Volunteers of Allegany County. In the 1980s she was the Amity Town Historian. She was an avid reader who loved to work in her garden. She was known for her wit, and ability to give voices/personalities to her many stuffed animals, and would provide a listening ear to everyone’s troubles.

She is survived by her cousin’s family, Sylvia Baldini, Janice (Tim) Youles, and Andrew Youles, all of Fairport; and good friend of 60 years, Rusty Tobin of Belmont. In addition to her mother, Catherine, she was predeceased by her cousin, John Baldini.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, August 17, 2023, from 2 -4 pm and 7 -9 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home of Belmont, 17 Schuyler Street. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, August 18, 2023, at 11 am in Holy Family Catholic Church, 5 Milton Street, Belmont, NY. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Please consider memorial donations to the Allegany County Office for the Aging 6085 NY-19, Belmont, NY 14813; or to the Holy Family Altar Society, 5 Milton Street, Belmont, NY 14813.

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