Elizabeth "Liz" Manczak Obituary

Elizabeth "Liz" Helene Manczak

July 31, 1944 - June 6, 2017
Born in Manhattan, NY
Resided in Bend, OR


Elizabeth Manczak, dear mother, sister and grandmother, passed away peacefully on June 6, 2017, at Hospice House of Partners in Care, in Bend, Oregon. Her children, grandchildren and sister were there by her side.

Born and raised in New York City to parents Reginald and Elizabeth (Peduzzi) Tonry, she was lovingly known as "Sissy" to her siblings and close friends. She attended Catholic primary school and Marymount High School on in Manhattan. Her father, House Manager of the Metropolitan Opera House, provided extensive cultural opportunities for Sissy growing up, including dancing on stage at the Met. Her summers were spent upstate at her mother's childhood home, surrounded by family and cousins. She always cherished the opportunities her father provided for travel, especially the summer they spent in Europe.

After high school, she attended Rosary College in River Forest, Illinois, and obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art. She recounted many stories of her experiences during college working as a nanny for the Marcucci Family and their seven children.

It was during her time in Illinois that she was introduced to her life-long love, James "Jim" Manczak. Jim and Elizabeth were married on August 20, 1966, living for a time in Chicago and then Miami before settling in Eugene with their three small children; James, Elizabeth and Jennifer, in 1974.

Liz was manager of Away Travel on Willamette Street, in the early years of Eugene's downtown mall. She later established her own travel agency on Coburg Road. Her husband Jim was a familiar figure behind the United Airlines counter at the Eugene airport, a testament to the family's love and devotion to travel.

Liz and Jim were active in Saint Jude's Parish, in south Eugene. They were early members of Shadow Hills Country Club and became enthusiastic supporters of the University of Oregon women's golf team after daughter Beth was awarded a golf scholarship. They frequently traveled with the team and assisted with fund-raising activities. After the passing of her husband in 1993, Liz moved to Portland to assist her younger sister, Mary, in a startup business endeavor. The business, Pacific Interpreters, grew to national stature in the early 2000's.

In 2004, Liz retired to Bend, Oregon, where she was able to pursue the true passions of her later years: painting—mainly watercolor and acrylic—and providing an exemplary and nurturing role in her grandchildren's lives. With three children on three continents, she traveled frequently to spend time with her growing grandchildren, however she always made time for volunteering at Holy Redeemer Church in La Pine, and in the art program at La Pine Middle School. She also enjoyed painting with friends at SageBrushers Art Society, taking art classes, as well as participating in several art retreats overseas.

Liz was a positive and caring person with an unflappable "can do" spirit, that touched many lives. Her loving heart will be sorely missed. She was preceded in death by her husband Jim, and survived by son James Manczak; daughters Beth Anastassiades and Jennifer McGee; seven grandchildren; brothers Reggie and Eugene Tonry; sister Mary Moore Rynerson; and her beloved companions "Scrappy" and "Precious".




Holy Redeemer Catholic Church
16137 Burgess Rd
La Pine, OR 97739
Monday, June 12, 2017
8:30 AM
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Funeral Mass
Holy Redeemer Catholic Church
16137 Burgess Rd
La Pine, OR 97739
Monday, June 12, 2017
9:30 AM
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Rest-Haven Memorial Park
3900 Willamette St.
Eugene, OR 97405
Monday, June 12, 2017
3:00 PM