Mr. Edward J. Mancewicz, age 90, of Rockford, passed away on Tuesday, July 30, 2013. He grew up on the west side of Grand Rapids and attended Basilica of St. Adalbert. Ed worked for Ray Carlberg at Wolverine Coil & Spring. He and his brother, Chester , started tinkering with springs in his Rockford home, and eventually they began Grand Rapids Spring & Wire. Then he started tinkering with plastic injections in the family barn. Ed started Grand Rapids Controls in 1968 and moved to Rockford in 1977. He was a self-made man who was very humble. Ed developed Rockford Industrial Park and was considered a work enthusiast. He worked to better his family while Joyce stood by his side and lovingly cared for their six children. Ed was very committed to his Catholic faith and served on many committees at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Parnell. He presently was a communicant at Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church. In his free time he had a few cattle and greatly enjoyed being with his family. Joyce was the first lady who he dated, and he knew immediately she was the one. Ed is survived by his loving wife, Joyce; children, Linda Southwick and Bob Kleinsteiber, James Mancewicz, Janet and Bill Reed, Julie and William Shupe, Susan and Todd Andrews, and Gail Mancewicz; 14 grandchildren, Katrina (Dan) Osborn, Amanda Southwick, Kristy Kleinsteiber, Rob Kleinsteiber, Kristi (Dean) Longcore, Steve (Maya) Mancewicz, Rebecca (Stephen) Schnautz, Amber Reed (deceased), Chad Reed, Eric (Mary) Shupe, Anthony (Kellie) Shupe, Michael (Erin) Shupe, Ashlee (Matthew) Elliott, Onalee Andrews; 6 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Chester (Jackie) Mancewicz, and sister, Bernice Mancewicz. The Mass of Christian Burial for Mr. Mancewicz will be offered on Friday, August 2, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church with Rev. Anthony Russo presiding. Interment in Holy Cross Cemetery . The Rosary will be prayed at the funeral home on Thursday evening at 8:00 p.m. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the Pederson Funeral Home on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Educational Endowment Fund at Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church.
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