Bernice Susan Nixa
Tuesday, July 27, 1920
Date of Death:
Monday, November 27, 2023
103 years old
Bernice Susan Nixa
After a long and faith-filled life, our mother Bernice “Bunny” Nixa, age 103, passed away on Monday, November 27, 2023 at Samaritan Bethany Home on 8th where she had resided since October 23, 2023. Up until that time, she had lived independently in her own home.
Bunny was born on July 27, 1920 in Orion township, Olmsted County, MN to Walter and Anna (Fogarty) McConnell, the youngest of seven children. Her family farm was a very special place to her, having been in her family since her parents married in 1905. She oversaw its operation up until the time of her death.
She attended country school and then attended St. John’s Catholic High School in Rochester, graduating in 1938. She graduated from Rochester State Junior College in 1940 and went on to work at Mayo Clinic as medical secretary to Dr. William Plummer and his team. On August 11, 1943, she was united in marriage to Eugene Nixa at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. She became a stay-at-home mom in 1950 when their first child was born. In 1962 she returned to Mayo working in administration until her retirement in 1982.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her three brothers, Robert, Raymond and Joseph; three sisters, Elizabeth, Evelyn, and Virginia; and by her husband Eugene in 2004. She is survived by her four children, Michael (Nancy) Nixa, Mary Jo (Wayne) Wilson, Richard (Gail) Nixa and Patrick (Cindy) Nixa. Eight grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and 6 step-great-grandchildren.
Funeral Mass for Bunny will be held at 11:00 a.m. at Church of the Resurrection Catholic Church on Monday, December 4, 2023 with Father James Steffes officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to Mass beginning at 10:00 a.m. A luncheon will be served after Mass in the Resurrection Lunch Hall. Burial will take place at Holy Redeemer Cemetery in Eyota, MN beginning at 1:30 p.m. Macken Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at www.mackenfuneralhome.com.
Memorials are preferred to Samaritan Bethany Foundation or Church of the Resurrection Catholic Church.
We would like to give our heartfelt thanks to the staff at Samaritan Bethany Home on 8th for their wonderful care and support of Bunny and to St. Croix Hospice for helping us navigate through her final days.
(A reminder from Bunny: “Always count your blessings.”)
The family of Bernice Susan Nixa has received the following condolences.
My condolences to Bunny's family on her passing. She truly was a great and faithful person and was my Godmother. She gave me a book for my first Holy Communion that I still have and I cherish the conversations I would have with her in the past. May God welcome her to his heavenly home.
Mike, Mary Jo, Rick, Patrick & Families,
So sorry to hear about Aunt Bunny. What a wonderful life she lived. I will always remember her quick wit, contagious laugh and jokes & stories that had all in stitches!
Thinking of you & your families as you celebrate Bunny's life.
Jim & Marianne Nixa
Nixa Family- Sorry I missed the memorial service for Bunny. She was such a sweet lady. My mom (Mary Trusty) loved her. During the coming days and Holidays I will be praying for you all. RIP Bunny. Take care of each other. Love, Jeanne (Trusty)Vehrenkamp
Aunt Bunny will be missed and we extend our deepest sympathy on her passing.
She will be remembered with much love. Our family's peace and comfort are in our prayers.
Love to all from Susan and Mark
My mom MaryJane Bishop worked with Bunny in Personal Services and Benefits at Mayo for years. Always enjoyed my visits with her at Mayo.
Blessings to you and your family.
Pat & Randy
So sorry to hear of your mom/grandma's passing, we will keep you and your family's in our thoughts and prayers
Sorry to hear about your mom’s death.
my condolences. Barry
Mike, Mary Jo, Rick, Pat and families,
We send our condolences and prayers. Aunt Bunny was truly one of a kind. What a wonderful example of how to live your life with faith, love and joy. You are so lucky to have had her for so long. May your many wonderful memories and photos sustain you in the days and months ahead.
One of her many nieces, Patty Nixa and husband, Karl Baier