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Franklin D. "Sonny" Manni

Born: Wed., Jul. 6, 1949
Died: Thu., Apr. 1, 2021


There will be no public visitation and funeral services will be private


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Franklin D. "Sonny" Manni, 71, of Freeport, PA, passed away at his home on Thursday, April 1, 2021. Born on July 6, 1949 to the late Ann (Kaczkowski) and Frank Manni, Sonny was raised, worked and lived his entire life in the Valley. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Sonny owned and operated Manni's Wash Systems in Lower Burrell for 50 years where he designed and manufactured complete car wash systems, parts and supplies. Known as the "Car Wash King", Sonny began his business venture acquiring an Exxon Gas Station which he later converted into his first automatic brushless car wash. From there, his business operations expanded to include additional wash locations in the Valley as well as distribution of equipment and supplies to clients throughout the tri-state area. Sonny was also the former owner of Manni's Lighthouse Landing Marina in New Kensington. His love for the river, fast boats (more than a few hats were lost on the Allegheny) and fishing was his joy. He worked hard and played even harder...to know Sonny was to appreciate his unique sense of humor. Sonny is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 35 years, Barbara C. (Lelis) Manni; stepchildren Kimberly (Eric) Smith and John Jason "JJ" (Kristianne) Jack; grandchildren Tyler (Payton) Horwatt, Jessica and Kristy Lee Smith, Mackensey and Justin Jack. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his son, Timothy Horwatt; sister, Joan Staley; and granddaughter, Kadyn Nikkole Jack. At the family's request there will be no public visitation and burial will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to: Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley 730 Church St. New Kensington, PA 15068 www.animalprotectors.net

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Dale and Lisa Shanta
   Posted Mon April 05, 2021
Our heart felt condolences to all. He will missed. Many great memories of Sonny!!

Bill Thompson
   Posted Tue April 06, 2021
To a great friend and neighbor. My deepest sympathy to his family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Jeff and Lisa McFall
   Posted Tue April 06, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief.

Bobby and Patty Chapaitis
   Posted Tue April 06, 2021
Barb and family, our hearts are very heavy with Sonny’s passing. We have many great memories and fantastic times we had with him. They will last a lifetime. May he RIP.
Bobby and Patty

RONALD Artuso
   Posted Tue April 06, 2021
rest in peace my friend. my deepest sympathy to sonny's family

kelly torok
   Posted Tue April 06, 2021
Barb... Bob and I send prayers and our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Sonny was truly one of a kind.

Patti Kohnle Powell
   Posted Fri April 09, 2021
Barb,
You’re in my thoughts & prayers during this difficult time. Working at the Exxon many years ago as my first job with you both has many memories!

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