Stephanie Mann Bessmer

October 17, 1959 - September 9, 2008
Stephanie Mann Bessmer

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Stephanie Bessmer, 48, of Belville, NC, beloved wife, mother, daughter, and sister, passed away on Monday September 9th, 2008.

Stephanie was born October 17th, 1959 in Chapel Hill, NC. She grew up in Chapel Hill and attended the Chapel Hill City Schools. She earned a business degree and spent many years in the insurance and banking industries. She was recently promoted to VP and Branch Manager of Southport Security Savings in Southport, NC.

Stephanie is survived by her husband, Bill; her two sons, Michael McDonald of Greensboro, and Matthew McDonald and his fiancée, Lauren Harris, of Raleigh; her parents, Ronnie and Kristi Mann; her brother, Ronnie Mann Jr., and his wife, Lauren, and their two children, Wade and Caroline, of Chapel Hill; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Stephanie also leaves behind many friends and co-workers who will miss her tremendously.

A memorial service officiated by Harold Manning will be held at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church at 3736 Carolina Beach Road in Wilmington on Sunday, September 14th at 2pm. Friends and family will gather at the Bessmer residence immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Communities in Schools program in Brunswick County, NC (

Wilmington Burial and Cremation Service 1535 S. 41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099

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  • September 14, 2008
    Nancy, David, Colton and Fuller Benford says:
    We were so sorry to learn of your loss. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • September 14, 2008
    Jack Batson says:
    Family Sorry, I missed talking with you at her service. What a turnout! I first met Stephanie when she made a presentation to the County Planning Board to complain of the lights from the Land Mine. I was impressed with her then and we became friends during the time we worked on the Belville Planning Board. She was the peacemaker with disputes got heated and her smile calmed us all. "Blessed are the Peacemaker, they shall be called the sons of God." To the parents:if Stephanie was a reflection of you, you are wonderful people. To her "boys", be a reflection of your mon. Bill for too short a time you were blessed with Stephanie. I will miss her in the world jack

  • September 15, 2008
    The Pascarella Family says:
    Dear Bill, Michael, Matthew and family- the Pascarella's look back on many years of riding Harley’s, cook outs, pool parties, New Years Eves, weddings and we laughed for hours. When we think of the Bessmer’s, we think man… you two always had so much fun together! Dancing,laughing, telling stories, inviting people over. One can’t always say that about all couples. What a great testament to your love. A love Steph shared and nurtured, that will ALWAYS be a part of you/ us! We will miss her greatly and know we are better people for having known her! Our prayers and love are with you all! Todd, Jodi, Lucca, Justin and Jen Pascarella

  • September 12, 2008
    Anita Blythe says:
    Stephanie and I worked together at RBC for far too brief a time - she made all of my trips to Wilmington so much fun as we shared stories and laughter over 2 hour lunches. She had such an impact on my life - I will miss her smile and unique way of looking at life.

  • September 12, 2008
    Adrian D. Pearson says:
    There are not enough lines to express the emotions that have overwhelmed all those that know and love Stephanie, and the entire family. Endless thoughts,prayers, thanks, and love go out to the family.