Edna Clara Selma Bentz, age 93, formerly of Lester Prairie, died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at The Marie Steiner Kelting Hospice Home in Chaska.
She was born June 30, 1919, in Arlington Township, Sibley County, the daughter of Edward and Lizzie Brockoff Quast.
Edna was baptized July 11, 1919, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Arlington by the Rev. R. Heidemann; and instructed in the Lutheran catechism and confirmed in the Christian faith April 9, 1933 by the same.
Edna and Albert J. Bentz were joined in holy marriage Dec. 29, 1937, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Arlington by the Rev. Heidemann.
Edna was a homemaker. She was a hard worker, who passed her work ethic on to her children and their families.
She enjoyed gardening, her flowers, animals, and feeding the birds. Edna loved helping people, especially the elderly.
She was a faithful member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winsted, and also belonged to its Ladies Guild.
Edna is survived by her loving children: Theodore ( Marlene) Bentz of Chanhassen, Merlin (Judith) Bentz of Chaska, Marlane (Richard) Venske of Arlington, Shirley (Richard) Gehlen of Yuma, AZ, Sharon Holasek of Waconia, Al (Brenda) Bentz and Dianna (Roger) Lepel, all of Lester Prairie, and Linda (Ronald) Knox of Shakopee; daughters-in-law Karen Bentz of Shakopee, and Bonita Bentz of Lester Prairie; 33 grandchildren; 58 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.
She is further survived by a brother, Milo (Viola) Quast of Arlington; a sister, Verna (Herman) Hahn of Gaylord; nieces; nephews; and many other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents: Edward and Lizzie Quast; her husband, Albert J. Bentz; an infant son, Ronald “Ronnie;” daughter and son-in-law Marlene and Virgil Schuette; sons Harlan and Delmer Bentz; great-granddaughter Lindsey Compart; a grandson, Ray Tersteeg III; granddaughters Danee Bentz, and Loretta Bentz; sisters Evelyn and Bernice Rose; a brother, Lyle Quast; and sons-in-law Ronald Voight and Shorty Holasek.
Funeral services took place Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winsted with the Rev. Mark Loder officiating. Interment followed at the Winsted Public Cemetery.
There was visitation Tuesday morning, from 9 to 11 a.m. at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winsted.
Casket bearers were Richard Gehlen III, Gary Voight, Doug Bentz, R.P. Knox, Dustin Bentz, and Eric Bentz.
Arrangements were by the Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted. Online condolences may be made to www.chilsonfuneralhome.com.