Bernice (Bee) Mannia passed from this life, surrounded by loving family, on November 29, 2019.
She was 92 years old, and in her long and eventful life she impacted family and friends with her love and wisdom. Bee was predeceased by her husband, Eugene Mannia. She leaves behind eight children: Cindy, Suzanne (James), Sandi (Mark), Sheri (Ken), Mark (Donna), Matt (Deborah), Mariah, and Michael (Jeannelle). She also leaves twelve beloved grandchildren: April (Patrick), Joy (boyfriend Jeff), Scott (Kindra), Nicholas (girlfriend Brittany), Michelle (Adam), Danielle (boyfriend Kyle), Tanner, Stefan, Mikaela, Savonnah, Taylor (fiancé Lane), and Alexis. Seven sweet great-grandchildren mourn her loss as well: Gavin, Molly, Gaige, Cora, Ian, Paisley and Charlotte Bee. She also leaves her younger sister, Anne, and many nieces and nephews.
Bee was born in Plymouth Indiana on July 2, 1927 to parents Lumena and Clarence Wegner, the middle daughter of three. She lived in the Midwest throughout her life, going to nursing school in Chicago, Illinois. She was a member of the United States Cadet Nurse Corp right before World War II ended. Bee was inspired at an early age to become a nurse and she never wavered in that desire. At the end of her career, she worked as a hospice nurse. There she was able to help others and their families face end-of-life decisions. Her nursing work was truly a calling for her.
In 1949, she married her high school sweetheart, Gene Mannia. The couple continued to live in the Midwest for a time, but finally moved to San Jose, California with their four young daughters, to experience the sunny west coast. The house that they purchased on Calico Avenue continued to be her residence for the rest of her life, and it was filled with pictures, artwork and gifts from her family and friends.
Bee lost her husband suddenly when he was 42 years old and by then the couple had eight children; five girls and three boys. From that time on, Bee had the responsibility of raising her family alone. She had been the main caregiver for their children up until that time. Now she went back to work as a nurse as well, and pursued this career until her retirement.
With our dad passing while the oldest of us was in high school and the youngest only two years old, we really had the experience of mostly being raised by our mother. We saw her bravely face obstacles in her life and that influenced all of us as we continued on our paths. Without that brave leadership, we would have had different lives. Some of the lessons Mom passed down to us have helped us raise our children in ways that have been positive and impactful. These learnings are being passed down to their children as well. Ripples in the pond.
Bee was very involved in church work and groups in the community. She was frequently a leader in these activities. But her most important contributions came in the way she supported the others she interacted with. Bee shared from her experience in ways that made a difference in the lives of others. Many thought of her as a beloved mentor.
There will be a visitation for Bee at Darling Fischer Campbell Memorial Chapel, 231 E. Campbell Avenue, Campbell, CA, on Thursday, December 5 from 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM. There will be an opportunity to share memories of Bee with her family during this time. Light refreshments will be served.
A service for Bee will be held on Friday, December 6 at 9 AM at Darling Fischer Memorial Chapel, 231 E. Campbell Avenue, Campbell, CA.
Directly afterward, there will be a private family graveside service. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bee’s name may be made to Home Church, 1711 S. Winchester Blvd., Campbell, CA 95008.
The Home Church
1711 Winchester Blvd, Campbell CA 95008