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Bernette LaRee Marra

April 29, 1934 ~ July 13, 2022

Bernette Marra passed away suddenly on Wednesday, July 13 in Sebastian Florida.
Bernie was born in her grandmother’s home in Blandburg, PA to her mother Dorothy Cronis Nevling and her father Clyde Nevling. A few years later she was joined by her brother Joe. Raised in Coalport, PA she graduated from Beccaria-Coalport-Irvona High School in 1952. She then moved to Clearfield, PA where a few years later she met the love of her life, Philip Marra, and they were married in 1958. She then quickly gave birth to two girls, Sandra and Jolene, and dedicated her life to being a loving mother and wife.

Following her husband to New Jersey in the early 1960s, Bernie grew to love the state and especially the Jersey shore. After her husband’s death, she followed her daughters to the Washington DC metro area and provided years of love and support to her beloved grandson Christopher. In 2020 she moved to Florida to be near her younger daughter and the beaches she so loved.

Bernie was preceded in death by her parents and husband. She is survived by her daughters Sandra Marra (Chris Brunton) and Jolene Marra (Dan Bella), her brother, Joe Nevling (Jackye Nevling), her grandson Christopher Hope, and a multitude of nieces and nephews on the Marra side.

Bernie was a kind and generous soul, and always made special connections with children and pets. She enjoyed frozen margaritas, eggplant parmesan, and anything sweet. More than anything she loved her daughters and grandson and was always their biggest supporter and fan. She will be missed.



July 15, 2022, 8:27 pm

Ah, yes. Missed forever. Her devotion to Christopher knew no bounds. I hope he carries those memories with him every day. Jolene and Sandi, while you may have on occasion vented just a tiny bit about your Mom (like we all do), it was always because you wanted the best for her. You wrote a great farewell obituary which I am sure she is appreciating with a classic Bernie smile wherever she is. My deepest condolences.

James P Marra MD...Jimmy

July 15, 2022, 10:33 pm

The Obituary was all real, sweet, and nice just like I will always remember Aunt Bernie.

She was a blessing to Uncle Philip and all of us. Her presence will be missed. I pray she
will join all of our wonderful family, as we all hope to do someday. Till then, we will fully
live their special legacy.


July 16, 2022, 11:20 am

Beautiful obit and love the pic. We are all miracles.

I share a version of a Bible verse for Sandi, Jolene, Christopher: Is death a leap into a void? Of course not! It is to throw yourself into the arms of the Lord. It is to hear the invitation, unmerited, but given in all sincerity. “Well done, good and faithful servant…come enter into the joy of your master.”

Love to my cousins….Carol Marra Porto

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