James A. “Jim”Manner, 76, of Monroeville, Pa., and originally of Sandusky, and formerly of Akron, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012.
He was the beloved husband of Barbara Manner for 44 years; loving father of Jason (Tricia) Manner and Rachel (Shannon) Knapp; proud grandfather of Jacob, Austin, Gracie, Kailyn, Abbey and Baylor James; and dear brother of Theresa and Rosemary. James is also survived by a large extended family.
Jim received his bachelors degree from Bowling Green State University, a master’s degree from Michigan State, and his Ph.D. from the University of Akron, where he also taught chemistry. James worked for PPG Industries as a research chemist for more than 40 years, where he received a number of awards. Jim also held 10 U.S. Patents.
After retiring, Jim took on the role as director of Cross Roads Food Pantry beginning in 2000.
He was a member and chair of the Society of Analytical Scientists of Pittsburgh, a member of the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh, a counselor and member of the American Chemical Society, and served on the board of the directors for Pittcon. James was an avid traveler and golfer, but his favorite activity was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Friends will be received 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, and 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at Jobe Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc. (Monroeville/Plum Chapel), 445 Beatty Road and 48 North, Monroeville. Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, Oct. 27, at North American Martyrs Saturday. Everyone please meet at the church. Interment to follow at Crossroads Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cross Roads Food Pantry, 2310 Haymaker Road, Monroeville, PA 15146 or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 960 Penn Ave., Suite 1000, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.
Condolences may be shared at jobefuneralhome.com.