Bernice L. “Bee” Stelloh, retired nurse

July 3, 2012

Bernice L. “Bee” Stelloh, 84, who worked as a nurse for about 17 years in Northern Virginia, died June 16 at her home in Solomons.

She had complications from Alzheimer’s disease, said her daughter, Christine E. Stelloh-Garner.

Mrs. Stelloh worked at the old Fairfax Hospital, as an in-home nurse and as a public health specialist for the Virginia Department of Health from about 1973 until her retirement in about 1990.

Bernice Louise Brunkhorst was born in St. Louis and settled in Northern Virginia in 1963. She lived in Alexandria and Annandale for most of the past five decades and moved to Solomons in 2011.

She received an associate’s degree in nursing from Northern Virginia Community College in 1973, a bachelor’s degree in nursing from George Mason University in 1978 and a master’s degree in nursing management from Central Michigan University in 1984. Her memberships included the Sigma Theta Tau nursing honor society.

In the early 1960s, she accompanied her husband on a military assignment in Japan. The mayor of Yokohama awarded her a certificate for her assistance during a fire at one of the city’s apartment buildings.

In Washington, Mrs. Stelloh volunteered in the White House correspondence office and as a docent at the Library of Congress.

Survivors include her husband of 63 years, retired Navy Lt. Cmdr. Reynold F. “Ren” Stelloh Jr. of Solomons; two children, Reynold F. “Ren” Stelloh III of Los Angeles and Christine E. Stelloh-Garner of Huntingtown; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

— Emily Langer