Stephanie Mann Bessmer

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

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 (

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  • September 12, 2008
    Rene' Leister says:
    I know in my mind that life is a journey for us all but Stephanie's journey ended way too soon. My heart goes out to her family, who she loved dearly and spoke about with such tenderness.

  • September 12, 2008
    Jim, Nancy, Nick and Lisa Figliolia says:
    You will always be in our thoughts, and pray that memories will give you peace and comfort.

  • September 13, 2008
    Chuck Thurlow says:
    I was very sorry to hear of your loss. Stephanie played a very big role in the develpment of our town. She was a great help on our planning board and more recently when she helped me pick a consultant to lead the redevelopment of our downtown area. We could not have done it without her. In fact I asked her to run for commissioner since I thought she could continue to be a great asset to the town. I know the pain you must feel, just having lost my own sister, and hope your fond memories of Stephanie will keep you blessed for the years to come. Chuck Thurlow, Mayor

  • September 12, 2008
    Marsha Exley says:
    Bill and family Mike and i would like to let you know we are thinking of you. I enjoyed working with Stephanie so much at RBC in Monkey Junction. Marsha Exley

  • September 15, 2008
    Roy and Betty Neal says:
    Dear Bill, We are extremely sorry for the death of Stephanie. She was such a sweet, caring person and you two seemed to be a perfect match. You are in our thoughts and prayers as you try to go on without Stephanie. I hate that we could not be there for the services for her on Sunday but we had our granddaughter and had plans to take her to meet her Dad. Again Bill our heart goes out to you at the difficult time. With love, Roy and Betty