Manuel Abuton Bernad

January 14, 1947 to May 1, 2018

Surrounded by his family, Manuel Abuton Bernad, age 71, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at Desert Springs Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Manuel, “Manny” to his friends, or “Mimi” to his siblings and relatives, was born on January 14, 1947 in Oroquieta City, Philippines to Ramon and Norma Bernad. He is the eldest of 12 siblings. He came to the USA when he was 19 years old thanks to his Aunt, Tita Perin, who brought him here to attend Villanova University in Pennsylvania. He graduated with a Master’s Degree and became a librarian which brought him to San Diego, CA. He was offered a position at the University of San Diego in Alcala Park. For 50 years, he dedicated his life to academia and later obtained an MBA from University of Phoenix.

Manny is survived by his wife of 48 years, Nancy Marzo Bernad and their 4 daughters and son-in laws; Tanya & Geoff Calienta, Gina & Ken Sinlao, Dee Alane & Alfred Pulido, and Trina & Mike Morris. As well as his 12 grandchildren, Jade, Gianni, Alexine, Andrew, Jenna, Carissa, Gavin, Anthony, Angelina, Ashlynn, Ayden and Noelle. Our hearts are broken and he will be dearly missed.

He was a truly faithful and dedicated man. He loved Jesus and His teachings. He is blessed in life and in death. He died in state of grace wearing his scapular. A blessed Catholic man.

Eternal rest and peace be upon the soul of Manuel Bernad and may perpetual light shine upon him.  May he rest in peace in the Glory of Our Lord. Amen.

Viewing & Rosary will be held on Friday, May 11, 2018 at Vista La Mesa Christian Church, 4210 Massachusetts Ave, La Mesa, CA 91941 from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, May 25, 2018 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, 13541 Stoney Creek Road, San Diego, CA 92129 at 11 a.m. Burial to follow at Dearborn Memorial Park, 14361 Tierra Bonita Road, Poway, CA 92064.


  • Date: May 11, 2018
  • Time: 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Location: Vista La Mesa Christian Church
  • Address: 4210 Massachusetts Avenue La Mesa CA 91941
  • Directions: Vista La Mesa Christian Church

Celebration of Life


  • Date: May 25, 2018
  • Time: 12:30 PM
  • Location: Dearborn Memorial Park
  • Address: 14361 Tierra Bonita Road Poway, CA 92064
  • Directions: Dearborn Memorial Park

Dear Nancy and Family, Our Fos and Granados Families send our Love and Condolences to you, daughters and families. Memories of Manuel's younger days, (frequently spending Fun, Party times at our houses & singing with his guitar) will remain in our hearts forever; he made many friends on his journey of life. Manuel became an adoptive brother (uncle) & playmate to my daughters. He loved children. I shared that, one day, he would have a beautiful family of his own. He was blessed with You and your beautiful girls. May Manuel's soul, and the soul of the faithful departed, through the MERCY of God Rest in Peace. Your Shining Star will forever remain in the hearts of many who loved him. I felt blessed to see Manuel & You at my daughter's Memorial in Rancho Santa Fe. Masses and Prayers are offered for Manuel. God Bless ... Mary Fos Vance

Mary Fos Vance on June 05, 2018

When you lose someone as precious as Manny no one else can really know all that you feel. He was our dear friend and co-worker and he will be deeply missed. We have our memories and will never forget what a sweet friend, husband and father he was. Dearest Nancy and family, please know that our prayers are with you and we will always be here for you. Love to you all...Daggie and Bob

Dagmar and Bob Fuss on May 28, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss. Manny was a great colleague. He was a good man and will be sorely missed.

Janice Webb on May 25, 2018

Nancy I'm so sorry to hear about Manuel passing. You and your family are in my prayers. Please if you need anything give me a call. Stay blessed no matter what

Sandy M Devereaux on May 16, 2018

Nancy I am so sorry for your loss. Manny was a very kind and caring person. He will be missed by everyone who knew him.

Pam Norr on May 15, 2018

Nancy, I am very sorry for your loss. Manny was a gentle and caring soul. May he rest in heaven.

Elizabeth Galindo on May 12, 2018

Nancy and Family, So sorry to hear about Manny's passing. He was one of the kindest, nicest people I've ever had the pleasure of knowing. He will be missed and remembered. The world will be a little less bright without Manny in it, but Heaven is a little brighter.

Kevin Wooll on May 12, 2018

My deepest condolences to you all. Your dad was a great man, he showed me kindness when others didn’t! Rest In Peace Uncle!

Ruth Manlulu on May 12, 2018

I'm so sorry for your loss Manny was a wonderful and caring man. I had the pleasure of working with him for many years. I will miss him and think fondly of him often.

Karen Abel on May 11, 2018

Nancy, I am so sorry for your loss.. such a gentle soul as his is rare. All my love and prayers for you and your family.

Sheryl Ridens on May 11, 2018

My sincere condolences to you and your family. Rest in peace Manny.

Laura Sales on May 11, 2018

Nancy, I am saddened to hear of your loss. You are both sorely missed. Charlie

Charlie Morgan on May 11, 2018

Manny was part of the Coleman University family for over 20 years and our Librarian. On behalf of the University, I wish to express our deepest condolences to Manny's family.

Norbert J. Kubilus on May 11, 2018

Our heartfelt sympathies for your family’s loss. We hope Gods grace will give you solace and peace in this time of sorrow.

Dean & Joyce Patrocinio on May 11, 2018