Respes,, Manuel , - the sixth son born to Rabbi Abel and Viola Respes both of blessed memory, departed this life on October 25, 2016 after battling myxoid liposarcoma, a rare cancer. In his final days, he was surrounded in love with his wife, children, son-in-law, and granddaughters as well as siblings, nephews, and nieces, which gave him happiness, peace and comfort. Manuel attended Mullica Twp Schools and Oakcrest High School where he was a top track athlete. He was offered many college scholarships for track, but refused to run on the Shabbat so he turned them down. His professional career included roles in business, finance, and property management. For nearly 15 years, he was employed by Stryker Orthopedics in Runnemede, NJ. Manuel had a fervent love for his Judaic way of life and had a special relationship with the Almighty. A day was not complete without reading from his Tanakh/ Torah. He followed in his father's footsteps with his devotion to God, and passion for Adat Beyt Mosheh Synogogue. Early on, he was a member of the congregation's musical group and played the drums. Manuel regularly led services on Shabbat after his father's passing, and over the years on Sundays you could often find him in the Adat Beyt Mosheh Community doing work to preserve its beauty. He taught his children Hebrew, and held dvar Torah classes every Shabbat afternoon. The term "family man" was an understatement. He loved his family dearly. He was adamant about spending family time together, and fashioned a Judaic home filled with love, loyalty and honor. He loved listening to music, especially Hebrew songs. He enjoyed playing recreational softball and basketball. He was dedicated to the Mullica Twp community by serving on the Mullica Twp School Board of Education for more than 7 years, and was the Vice President of the Mullica Twp Education Foundation from its inception. Manuel was an annual volunteer for the American Cancer Society for 30 years+. Manuel will be missed dearly, and leaves behind many to mourn him starting with his beloved wife Melody "Shirah" (Coulter) of 36 years, and five children Illanah, Davidah (Respes) Yip, Sarah, Gadiel and Eliyahu, as well as his son-in-law Gregory Yip and two granddaughters, Abygail and Emanuela Yip, and mother-in-law Hazel Rementer. He also leaves behind four brothers, Joel, Elkanah, Gamliel, and Benjamin; ten sisters, Rivka, Gabrielle, Judith, Leah, Zayith, Keturah, Michal, Miriam, Hadassah, and Gilah, and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and extended family. He is predeceased by his siblings Anita, Diane, Abel, Tirzah, Mosheh, and Eliyahu.Services will be held Thursday, October 27th at 12:00 PM at Platt Memorial Chapels in Cherry Hill, NJ. Interment will follow at Laurel Memorial Park, Pomona, NJ. Shiva details will be provided at the service. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made in memory of Manuel Respes to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, P.O. Box 5028, Hagerstown, MD 21741.

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Luanne Lauer

So sorry for your loss. Our condolences and prayers to the Respes family. The Lauer family.

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