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Thelma R. McManaman

March 7, 2023

Thelma R. McManamanThelma R. McManaman, 94, Watertown died peacefully with her family by her side Tuesday, March 7, 2023, at Samaritan Summit Village where she had lived since April 2022. A special thank you from her family to the staff on the Skilled Nursing Unit, 1st floor, side A for the wonderful and compassionate care given to her.

Thelma was born February 8, 1929 in Walton, NY to the late Harold and Nellie McGraw VanGordon. She attended Walton schools and after the family moved to Watertown, she graduated from Watertown High School.

She married Paul A. McManaman on April 3, 1948 at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church. He passed away on January 30, 2022. Together they raised a beautiful family of seven children.

Thelma was a long time parishioner of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, a member of its Legion of Mary, was a Eucharistic minister, and was a former vice president of the Altar Rosary Society. She was an avid reader, and enjoyed cooking and baking. She always looked forward to her many bus trips with her daughters to see off-Broadway plays and visit casinos. Thelma was a loving and dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, cherishing time spent with her family.

She is survived by her children, Sandra Mckee, Cathy Chirico, and Debbie Affinati, all of Watertown, Joanne McManaman and Theresa Brownell, both of Omaha, NE, and Paul McManaman, Pensacola, FL; son-in-law Glenn Turner, Omaha, NE; 19 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, and 3 great great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Along with her parents and husband, Thelma was predeceased by daughter Paula Turner, grandson Ken Shean, 2 sons-in-law, George McKee and Patsy Chirico, 2 sisters, Charlotte Wilcox and Jean McAvoy, and brother Robert VanGordon.

Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown on Monday, March 13, from 4 - 7PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, March 14, at 10AM at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church followed by burial in Glenwood Cemetery. Online condolences to Thelma's family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, 320 W. Lynde St., Watertown, NY 13601.


#15 Kathy Vincent 2023-03-14 19:20
To all in the family, We were saddened to read about your Mothers passing. We are sending thoughts and prayers to all. She and Paul raised a great family and both will be missed after many years of knowing them especially at church and church functions.
Don, Kathy and Patrick Vincent
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#14 Tina Foti 2023-03-13 16:39
To Thelma's Family: Sending Heart-Felt condolences to you all on the loss of sweet Thelma. She had the best care with you girls and your love, dedication and devotion shined through. May Peace, Comfort and Healing be with you all in the days ahead. Sending hugs and prayers to each of you.
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#13 Joanne Ratigliano 2023-03-13 11:37
John and I are so sorry for the loss of your Mother we are sending our sincere condolences to all of her family and friends.
With love and sympathy to you all,
John and Joanne Ratigliano.
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#12 Nikki Heise 2023-03-12 19:01
I am sorry to hear of Mrs. McManaman's passing! She was a wonderfully kind woman! My thoughts are with you!
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#11 Thomas McGowan 2023-03-12 08:46
I was deeply sorried to read about your mom's passing.
She was a beautiful lady and someone I always enjoyed being around.
Thelma will be missed by family and all her friends near and far.
Hugs from myself and my sons.
Tom McGowan
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#10 april piper 2023-03-11 22:26
Cathy and family, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
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#9 Carl Franks 2023-03-11 22:16
To Thelma's family, Connie and I are deeply sorry for your mother's passing. Your parents love story will continue in heaven as it did with my parents. May she rest in eternal glory with her Lord and her beloved Paul and other family members that have gone before her.
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#8 Tracy Linton 2023-03-10 14:24
Prayers going out to Thelma's family. She was the sweetest person ever. Enjoyed working with her at Sears.
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#7 Diane Hanlon 2023-03-10 10:58
I am so sorry to hear about your mother. I remember the "good old days" at Sacred Heart and IHC, and she was also there to cheer all of us on. She was always a smiling, friendly person and she made all of us feel at ease. My prayers are with you and family at this difficult time..
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#6 Diane Hanlon 2023-03-10 10:54
I'm so sorry to hear about your mom. I remember the "good old days" at Sacred Heart and IHC, and your mom was always there cheering us all on. She was a smiling, friendly figure and made everyone feel at ease. She is at peace now. My prayers go out to you and your family.
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