Obituary: Edna C.S. Bentz

Edna Bentz

Edna Bentz

Edna Clara Selma Bentz, age 93, formerly of Lester Prairie, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 at The Marie Steiner Kelting Hospice Home in Chaska. Funeral services for Edna Bentz were held on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winsted. Pastor Mark Loder officiated. Interment followed at The Winsted Public Cemetery. A visitation was held on Tuesday morning, Feb. 12 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.

She was born on June 30, 1919 in Arlington Township, Sibley County, the daughter of Edward and Lizzie Brockoff Quast. Edna was baptized on July 11, 1919 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Arlington by Reverend R. Heidemann. She was also instructed in the Lutheran Catechism and confirmed in the Christian faith on April 9, 1933 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church by Reverend R. Heidemann. On Dec. 29, 1937, Edna C. Quast and Albert J. Bentz were joined in holy marriage at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Arlington by Reverend R. 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. She also belonged to its Ladies Guild.

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, a granddaughter: Danee Bentz, a granddaughter: Loretta Bentz, sisters: Evelyn and Bernice Rose, a brother: Lyle Quast and by a son-in-laws: Ronald Voight and Shorty Holasek.

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, Ariz., 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; a brother: Milo (Viola) Quast of Arlington and a sister: Verna (Herman) Hahn of Gaylord; nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends.

Arrangements were with The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted. Online condolences may be made to

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