Gerald "Jerry" Leo Manuel
September 1, 1924 - September 21, 2010
Gerald "Jerry" Leo Manuel
(Geraldo Leo Magnoni) was born September
1st, 1924 to Remo J. Manuel (Magnoni) and Edna May Manuel
(Ziska) in their home in College Place, Washington. The middle child of 6
children, he grew up farming with his family. He attended Wa-Hi when the
US Army drafted him for World War II, who awarded him a Bronze Star of
Valor. Upon returning to Walla Walla he attended Whitman College. While a patient at St Mary's Hospital
he met and married his wife, Lanore Hatley, on April 2nd, 1949.
He was recalled to service in the Korean War. Jerry Lanore raised
5 children; Larry J. Manuel/ Magnoni, (his wife Kathleen Stearns),
Jerry A. Manuel/ Magnoni, (his wife, Janet M. Mueller), Ron P.
Manuel, (his fiance Yolanda Cortinas/Trout) Marleen M. Manuel/
Magnoni, Alhadeff, (her husband Kenny Alhadeff) Christine L.
Manuel/ Magnoni, Crowley (her husband John Crowley). Jerry
also treasured every one of his 12 grandchildren, 20 Great grandchildren
and 1 great, great grandchild. His brothers, Ray Manuel,
John Manuel (his wife, Julie Manuel), sister, Genida "Sweet" Purcell,
mother-in-law, Loree Thorn/ Hatley and brother-in-law, Fran
Pinchbeck also survive him.
Jerry's passions include his faith, family, friends, food, politics and sports.
He was best known for bringing pizza to Walla Walla as the owner/operator
of Pizza Pete/ Pepe's Pizza where not only his recipes but his large voice and
unique character will never be forgotten. During his early years he actively supported
his family and children in many organizations including, Boy Scouts;
coaching sports; as a founding parishioner of Assumption Parish; Walla Walla Catholic Schools; Hope
Auction; and the Catholic Schools Endowment (where his family,
lovely wife and he were proudly honored as the 2007 Alumni Family
of the Year). He also supported his community as an officer/
member of the Veterans Memorial Golf Course; as an officer/member
of the Washington State Restaurant Association (who awarded
him Restaurateur of the Year); as well as the Elks; VFW; American
Legion; Eagles; NRA; the Knights of Columbus; and he was a lifetime
member of The Italian Heritage Association. He volunteered
countless hours to organizations in the community including Fort
Walla Walla Museum, St. Vincent de Paul and through his famous
Pizza Fair Booth has supported several local charities (currently,
Walla Walla Catholic Schools). Jerry was a lover of life and enjoyed
gardening, golf, bowling, traveling with friends and family
and was an avid sports fan. He cherished 59 years married to Lanore
until her passing on March 6, 2008…life was never the same
for him. All who were touched by his humor, generosity and spirit
will miss him dearly.
The family will say a Rosary at 6:00 pm on Friday, October
1st at Assumption Catholic Church followed by viewing and visitation.
Viewing and visitation will be held at Herring Groseclose
Funeral Home Thursday from 2 pm to 4 pm, and Friday from 9
am to 5 pm. Family and friends will celebrate his life with a Mass
on Saturday, October 2nd at 11:00 am. In addition, the Manuel/
Magnoni Family encourages you to join in celebration of Pepe's
life at The Italian Heritage Festival dinner Saturday, October 9th.
They also plan to schedule a private interment celebration at a later
If you prefer, make charitable memorial donations to Walla
Walla Catholic Schools Endowment Fund or to the Veteran's Affair
Medical Center earmarked "The Jerry Manuel Fund" for direct services benefiting
Walla Walla Veterans, through the Herring-Groseclose Funeral Home, 315
W. Alder, Walla Walla..