Bernice Mann Junod

March 2, 2020
Bernice Mann Junod

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Bernice Mann Junod, 96, died on March 2nd, 2020 at her home in Williamsburg, Virginia. She was born on July 27th, 1923 and was raised in a farming community in the southwestern part of Virginia the daughter of Garland Washington Mann and Charmion Carter Mann of Fort Blackmore, Virginia.

After graduation from Dungannon High School in 1942, she attended Whitney Business College in Kingsport, Tennessee.  She was employed as a secretary during World War II at Oak Ridge Tennessee and subsequently at the Seaboard Airline Railway in Norfolk, Virginia.

It was during her time in Norfolk that she met and married Ensign Louis LaVern Junod, USN on June 7th, 1947 at the Ghent Methodist Church.  During Louis’s career with the Navy, they lived on both Coasts of the United States as well as in Nice, France.  After he left the Navy in 1967 for a new career, they settled in Lexington, Massachusetts and eventually in 1981 they retired to Williamsburg, Virginia.  For many years, they enjoyed spending the summer months in their second home, the family farm where she grew up.

Bernice had a keen interest and memory for family history, and enjoyed participating in both patriotic and community organizations, such as: the Daughters of the American Revolution in both Lexington (Past Regent) and Williamsburg, The National Society of Colonial Dames of America and The National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century.

She was a member of the Williamsburg United Methodist Church and Church Circle, and an active volunteer with many organizations including Semmes Hospital Auxiliary (Lexington), Williamsburg Community Hospital Auxiliary, Lexington Garden Club, Williamsburg Music Club and Women’s Club.

Louis, her husband of more than 66 years, predeceased her in 2014.  Survivors include daughter, Frances J. Kunz (R. Ronald), of Williamsburg Virginia, and son Louis John Junod, II (Suzanne) of Rockville, Maryland; her brother Cecil Carter Mann (Charlotte) of Gate City, Virginia and bother-in-law Dr. Forrest Lee Junod (Patricia) of Sacramento, California; five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

A celebration of Bernice’s life will be held in the Auditorium at the Williamsburg Landing on Saturday, March 14th at 2:00 p.m.  Arrangements by Bucktrout Funeral Home.  (

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Williamsburg Landing Benevolence Fund (5700 Williamsburg Landing Drive, Williamsburg, VA 23185), her original church home Fort Blackmore United Methodist Church (Big Stone Gap District, 14380 Clinch River Highway, Fort Blackmore, VA 24250), or the charity of your choice.

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  • March 06, 2020
    Amy Joyce lit a candle:
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  • March 07, 2020
    Forrest Junod says:
    Bernice lovingly took me into the family Lou and she developed through the years. Many memories flood back of her warmth, wit and wisdom particularly as she became a real sister to me in my time in Boston. Bernice continued to be a bright light in my visits to my brother wherever they were. Always the consummate hostess, gentle Southern lady and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and Ggma. After Patricia and I were married and started a family we were included in her extensive communications. She welcomed our whole family. Her communications maintained a strong tie throughout almost 70 years of knowing and loving her. Sincerest condolences to you at this time. With love and prayers from both Pat and me. Forrest

  • March 09, 2020
    Peter and Emanuela McInerney says:
    Bernice and Louis were both very special people and showed us great warmth and hospitality. Bernice always had a smile and being from Australia we just loved her genteel ways and beautiful turn of phrase. We will miss her in our lives. We consider ourselves fortunate to have shared time with them. They always made us feel like members of their family. Our thoughts and condolences go to all the family. We will miss this wonderful lady.

  • March 12, 2020
    Peter McInerney says:
    We wrote about Bernice and over the last week we laughed and recalled our activities and relationship with her. It came to us we had not fully praised the wonderful person she was. Patient, funny, witty with such a sharp mind and more importantly a wonderful person with people. She engaged and drew people to her such was her generosity of spirit. We are still so grateful that we had her in our lives, even if briefly and we are more the richer because of it. Her smile was like a beacon. We are so sorry we cannot be there on Saturday but our thoughts and prayers are with all those able to attend. Peter and Lel McInerney, Melbourne Australia