Manuela "Mama" "Mening"'s Story
Manuela “Mama” “Mening” Garcia Concepcion, 96, of Londonderry, died on Friday, October 21, 2016, after being hit by a car while getting the mail.
She was born December 19, 1919 in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte, Philippines, daughter of Alejandro Daguio Garcia and Paula Castillo Ramil.
She was married to Luis G. Concepcion, who was inducted into USAFFE and died in the concentration camp in the Philippines during WWII. She worked as a nursing aide at a Japanese hospital in Manila where she was slapped in the face by a Japanese soldier. The following day, Mama slapped a sick Japanese soldier and when the soldier recovered, he looked for her and wanted to kill her. Mama didn’t know that he was a Japanese general. Her co-workers hid her and told the general that she has been fired.
She helped support numerous family members throughout her long and adventurous life. She is remembered for being stylish and the oldest citizen of Londonderry.
Manuela is survived by her daughter, Betty Thompson Bretschneider; grandchildren, Kanani and Brian Bretschneider; great-grandchildren, Gabriel, Christian and Milla; sister, Dionisia Garcia and brothers, Sabino “Ben” and Eligio Garcia.
Published on  November 17, 2016