Virginia E. Mann

Virginia E. Mann

Virginia E. Mann

EAST BERNE — Virginia E. Mann, the school nurse for Berne-Knox-Westerlo, “loved this job and mothered many who came through her door,” her family wrote in a tribute.

 She “passed over into the loving arms of our Lord on Thursday, March 19, 2020, with her family by her side,” her family wrote. She was 90.

She was born on Oct. 12, 1929 to the late Isaac and Ruby (née Silvernail) Weidman in Middleburgh.

“Virginia had many memories and stories to tell of her life,” her family wrote. Fresh out of college as a registered nurse, she worked at Albany Medical Center in the operating room. In 1972, she accepted a position at Berne-Knox-Westerlo Central School District as the school nurse.

She was a past historian for the Berne Historical Society. “She wanted to keep memories and history alive,” her family said.

She served with the East Berne Auxiliary as a life member for over 50 years.

“After retiring, her love of family became her focus. She enjoyed many years of retirement being a ‘Floridian Snowbird,’” her family wrote. “Her cherished home in East Berne was definitely her heart.”


Virginia E. Mann is survived by her son, James Mann, and his wife, Mary; her grandchildren, Michele Hessel, Erika Geist, Jeremy, Jocelyn, and Korey Mann; her sister, Carol Lezatte, and her brother, Charles Groesbeck.

Her husband, William Mann, died before her as did her longtime companion, Robert Clow; her daughter, Lisa Mann; and her brother, Walter Weidman.

The family extends “a heartfelt thank you to Lisa Cross and many kind-hearted staff at Kenwood Manor in Delmar. Words cannot express how grateful we are,” her family wrote.

Due to the recent state-mandated regulations, funeral services will be private. “Please celebrate Virginia’s life in a way that is meaningful,” her family wrote.

Memorial messages may be left at

Memorial contributions may be made to Town of Berne Library, Post Office Box 209, Berne, NY 12023; Helderberg Ambulance Squad, Post Office Box 54, East Berne, NY 12059; or East Berne Fire Company, Post Office Box 32, East Berne, NY 12059.

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