Bernice Hansen Mannix Zosel, a lifelong resident of Powell County/Deer Lodge, passed away, Thursday, March 3, 2011 in Belgrade where she had been living for the past 10 months. Bernice was born in Deer Lodge on June 23, 1922 to Jens M. and Lena Hansen. Her father, Jens owned and operated the Rialto Theater, so Bernice grew up working in the theater. She graduated from Powell County High School in 1940 as valedictorian. She graduated from Montana State University, now University of Montana in Missoula with a major in Business Administration and a minor in music. She married Wm T. J. "Ted" Mannix on April 3, 1944 and they had four daughters. Together they owned and operated Mannix Feed. Bernice retired from the Deer Lodge Bank and Trust in 1984 as a vice president.
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Ted passed away in 1977 and Bernice married Wm H. "Bill" Zosel in May of 1984. They lived in Avon, Mont. until 1998 when they moved back to Deer Lodge.
Bernice was preceded in death by her parents, Jens and Lena Hansen; husband, Ted Mannix, husband, Wm Zosel, daughter, Mary; sisters Hazel, Vivian, and Lucille; and brother, Harold.
She is survived by her daughters Kathy (Jack) McCaffery, Apple Valley, Calif.; Maggie Biggerstaff, Big Sky, Mont.; Teresa (Ed) Mannix-LaRue, Sidney, Mont.; stepson Bill (Carol) Zosel-Beber, Seattle, stepdaughter Janet Zosel, Avon, Mont.; sister, Helen Brogan, brother, Jens Hansen, and sister-in-law, Eunice Hansen; four grandchildren, John (Nancy) McCaffery, Bakersfield, Calif.; Katie (Nick) Holmes, Victorville, Calif.; Jerad (Betsy) Biggerstaff, Bozeman; Ashley Biggerstaff, Seattle; two great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A special thank you to the staffs at Beyond Home and Powell County Long Term Care of Deer Lodge, Elsie's of Belgrade and Rocky Mountain Hospice of Bozeman for all the care and attention they gave mom.
Parish vigil will be held at Jewell Funeral Home in Deer Lodge, Friday, March 11 at 7 p.m. Mass of the Christian Burial will be held at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Deer Lodge, Saturday, March 12 at 11 a.m., with burial to follow at Hillcrest Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to the Rialto Theater Restoration in Deer Lodge (deerlodgerialto.com ), the Deer Lodge Elks or to the Rocky Mountain Hospice.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Mar. 7, 2011