Barbara Ann Bentler, 74 years, of Mt. Hamill, Iowa died at 5:18 am Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at the Fort Madison Community Hospital, Fort Madison, Iowa. She was born March 11, 1939 at Fort Madison, Iowa, a daughter of Harry and Elizabeth (Mertens) Nichting. On November 23, 1967 she married Alfonse Bentler at St. John’s Church, Houghton, Iowa.
In 1957 she graduated from St. John’s Catholic School, Houghton. She obtained her elementary education degree from Mary Crest College, Davenport, Iowa in 1963. She taught at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Fort Madison and at St. John’s Catholic School in Houghton. She left teaching to raise her family. For over 25 years, she volunteered for the Knights of Columbus in various capacities, especially the monthly fish fry. She was the rental agent for The Manors of Houghton for years. She was co-owner of Mt. Hamill Elevator and Lumber, Inc. She was a lifetime active member of St. John’s Catholic Church. She enjoyed her gardening, baking, needle work, genealogy, and she tutored many kids. She loved spending time with her family and friends.
She is survived by three sons: Jerry (wife Katie) Bentler, Donnellson, Iowa, Joseph Bentler, of Donnellson, Iowa, and Martin Bentler, Donnellson, Iowa; two sisters, Joan Hunold, of Montrose, Iowa and Clare (husband Ronald) Anderson, of Hudson, Iowa; one sister-in-law, Marlene Nichting, of Burlington, Iowa; two grandchildren, Eryn and Keira; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers, Harold and Joseph, in infancy.
A Rosary will be recited at 3:00 pm Friday, May 31, 2013 at the St. John’s Catholic Church, Houghton, Iowa. The family will greet friends from 5:30 – 7:30 pm Friday, May 24, 2013 at the St. John’s Catholic Church, Houghton where a Christian Wake Service will be held at 6:30 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am Saturday, May 25, 2013 at the St. John’s Catholic Church, Houghton, Iowa with Reverend Dennis Hoffman, as Celebrant. Burial will be at the St. John’s Cemetery, Houghton, Iowa. A memorial has been established for St. John’s Catholic Church and Houghton Fire and Rescue,