Jessica Suzanne Manko, age 70, passed away December 2, 2020 after a brief battle with cancer .Jessica was predeceased by her parents Jack and Margaret Manko. She is survived by her sisters Debbie (Ralph) Castelli and Diane Manko-Cliff, along wit her five nieces and nephews and their families. She also leaves behind Helena Blakemore, her best friend, roommate, and 'daughter', and her canine companion, Bogie. Jessica will be missed by aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.Jessica had a passion for cooking, grilling and gardening. She loved nothing better than sitting around a table, eating, drinking and having great conversation. She volunteered at Affirmations in Ferndale, starting on the help line and then becoming a facilitator for self-help groups. Jessica was a leader and a strong advocate for the trans community.She attended South Lake High School and graduated with her BA from Grand Valley State College before joining the United States Marine Corps. She served as a supply officer in Okinawa, Japan. Upon retiring from service she lived in Seattle for many years before returning to Michigan.A private family service is planned.Memorials are suggested to Affirmation in Ferndale or Michigan Veterans Foundation.Join Zoom Meetinghttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/9068413133?pwd=ZG9hU0Q0U0JKZ0I1NlNYYXJFNlNHUT09Meeting ID: 906 841 3133Passcode: 29440
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