Dr. Fernando Jacinto Manalac

MANALAC, Dr. Fernando Jacinto, Sr, 85, of Steubenville, passed away Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, at Acuity Hospital, in the former Ohio Valley Hospital.

The former Ohio Valley Hospital location held a profoundly deep meaning for Dr. Manalac since his arrival in the United States in 1957.

A native of his beloved Manila, Philippines, where he was born on Feb. 5, 1929, Dr. Manalac began his medical internship in the United States at the former Ohio Valley Hospital where he met, fell in love with, and married the love of his life, the 1957 Ohio Valley School of Nursing graduate, Daneen Marie “Dani” Gay Manalac whom he pledged his undying devotion to in both a civil marital ceremony in 1957 and a Roman Catholic ceremony at Holy Name Cathedral in Steubenville on June 26, 1958.

Dr. Manalac was preceded in death by his beloved parents, Bonifacio and Carmen Jacinto Manalac; his infant son, Matthew; his brothers, Alfredo, Victorino, Jose, and George; sisters, Nanita, Monina, and Pilar; and son-in-law, William James Rankin.

In addition to his devoted wife Dani of 57 years, Dr. Manalac is survived by five children: Carmen Rankin of Columbus; Steven (Michele Lewis) Manalac of Pickerington; Lynne (Perry) Stanley of Steubenville; Mimi (Mitch) Goldstein of Portland, OR; and Dr. Fernando (Maria Paola Loffreda Mancinelli) Manalac, Jr. of Fort Lauderdale, Fl. He leaves behind 11 grandchildren: Erin (Chad) Flanagan; Rebekah (Jeff) Aulet; Augustine Rankin; Sarah Rankin; Steven (Alicia) Manalac, Jr.; Ryan (Carly) Manalac; Shannon Manalac; Danielle (Dustin) Sanna; Michele McKitrick; Pat McKitrick; Cruz Matteo Manalac; and five great- grandchildren: Carmella and Gianna Aulet; Riley and Nash Flanagan; Emelia and Eli Manalac; Christopher Sanna whom he loved and treasured beyond earthly measure.

Dr. Manalac earned his Doctor of Medicine at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines. Following his internship at OVH, he completed his post doctorate studies and psychiatric residency at Hudson River State Hospital, NY; Columbia New York Neuropsychiatric Institute; Georgetown University Department of Neurology, D.C.; the New York School of Psychiatry, NY; and Pilgrim State Hospital, NY. Dr. Manalac and his family returned to Steubenville from New York in 1965 to assume psychiatric private practice and the position of psychiatric director of the recently established Jefferson County Mental Health Clinic.

In addition to his private practice on Sunset Blvd., in Steubenville, Dr. Manalac served as a medical consultant, lecturer, teacher, mentor, faculty member, board member, organizer, and supervisor/ chief at a number of clinics, hospitals, court systems, prisons, private and medical/ mental health organizations throughout the Ohio Valley, including Youngstown, East Liverpool, Bellaire, Cadiz, Martins Ferry, Wheeling, Weirton, and Pittsburgh.

At Northwood Health Systems in Wheeling, WV, where he retired from full-time psychiatric practice in 2000, Dr. Manalac was often referred to by his colleagues and patients as the minister of hope to incurable patients. He was a beloved and revered physician throughout his entire career and held in the highest esteem by all who knew him both professionally and personally. His work was intertwined with his daily devotion to and deep love for the Sacred Heart of Jesus whom he turned to for guidance in his practice and grace throughout his life.

In 2011, on his 50th year of service to the field of psychiatry, the American Psychiatric Association and the Ohio Psychiatric Association honored Dr. Manalac during a convocation of psychiatrists held in Hawaii.

Dr. Manalac was an extremely active member of the international, national, state, and local community in which he contributed to newspapers as a guest writer for a number of years on a range of thought- provoking topics. He served numerous civic, fraternal, and service organizations, including commander of AMVETS Post 275; adjunct lecturer of Franciscan University of Steubenville’s graduate counseling program; member of the advisory board of Catholic Central High School; chairman of Bishop Mussio’s Diocesan Board of Mental Health for Priests; member of the Guild for Catholic Psychiatrists; a Fellow and past President of the Steubenville Rotary Club as well as their weekly pianist.

Dr. Manalac’s abiding love for the United States and the US armed services, who saved his family’s life and his Filipino homeland during WW II, inspired him to join the U.S. Army Reserves in 1984. As a Lieutenant Colonel, he was assigned to the 1st Army in Fort Meade, Md, attached to the 382nd MASH unit in Erie, Pa as surgeon- psychiatrist, and served the 339th General Hospital in Pittsburgh as physician- psychiatrist. He received rifle marksman and sharp shooter status.

A member of the American Society of Military Surgeons- Physicians and an associate member of the American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor, Dr. Manalac is the author of a treatise on WW II battle for Manila that was published in the US Naval Academy’s Trident. During Operation Desert Storm, he served active duty at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC in 1991, whereupon honorable discharge he was awarded the Achievement Medal. Dr. Manalac authored a book titled, Manila: Memories of World War II, published in 1995.

Dr. Manalac, a religious and spiritual man, a gentleman and a patriot was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend.

He was a 48 year member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Steubenville. Dr. Manalac organized a number of prayer programs for devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and produced and presented a variety show that benefited the restoration of the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter’s Church, 425 N. 4th Street, Steubenville, OH 43952.

Calling hours are Thursday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Mosti Funeral Home, Sunset Chapel, 4435 Sunset Blvd. Steubenville. A Funeral Liturgy with Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. Friday at St. Peter’s, Fr. Tim Huffman, celebrant. Burial at Ft. Steuben Burial Estates.

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