Barbara Ann Bentler
Barbara Ann Bentler, 74, Mt. Hamill, died Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at the Ft. Madison Community Hospital, Ft. Madison.
A Rosary will be recited at 3 p.m. Friday, May 31, at the St. John’s Catholic Church, Houghton. The family will greet friends from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 24, at the St. John’s Catholic Church, Houghton where a Christian Wake Service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 25, at the St. John’s Catholic Church, with the Rev. Dennis Hoffman, as Celebrant. Burial will be at the St. John’s Cemetery.
A memorial has been established for St. John’s Catholic Church and Houghton Fire and Rescue, contributions may be made at the Barr-Holtkamp Funeral Home or at the church during visitation or on the day of the service. Online condolences to the Bentler family may be made at the Barr-Holtkamp Funeral Home website, www.barrholtkampfuneralhome.com.
She was born March 11, 1939, at Ft. Madison, and was the daughter of Harry and Elizabeth (Mertens) Nichting. On Nov. 23, 1967, she married Alfonse Bentler at St. John’s Church, Houghton.
In 1957, she graduated from St. John’s Catholic School, Houghton. She obtained her elementary education degree from Mary Crest College, Davenport, in 1963. She taught at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Ft. Madison and at St. John’s Catholic School in Houghton. For over 25 years, she volunteered for the Knights of Columbus in various capacities. She was the rental agent for The Manors of Houghton. She was co-owner of Mt. Hamill Elevator and Lumber, Inc. She was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church. She enjoyed gardening, baking, needle work, genealogy, and tutoring. She also enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.
She is survived by three sons, Jerry (Katie) Bentler of Donnellson, Joseph Bentler of Donnellson, and Martin Bentler of Donnellson; two sisters, Joan Hunold of Montrose, and Clare (Ronald) Anderson of Hudson; two grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Harold and Joseph, in infancy.