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Bernard "Ben" Plantenberg (1925 - 2013)

  • "Ben was a wonderful man and a dear friend. Always left you..."
    - Kim Marschel
  • "My family was so blessed to have such a kind man in our..."
    - Jeremy Teicher
  • "Dear Mrs.Plantenberg, John, Sherri, Colleen and family,..."
    - Barb LaFrance
  • "A very special person has left us. Rest in peace, Benny"
    - Marlene Plantenberg
  • "Ben was a great person and personnel friend of both my..."
    - Dan Hansen

Bernard "Ben" J. Plantenberg, 88

Eden Valley

Oct. 26, 1925 - Dec. 4, 2013

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, December 9, 2013 at Assumption Catholic Church in Eden Valley for Bernard "Ben" J. Plantenberg, age 88, who passed away Wednesday at Koronis Manor in Paynesville. Rev. Jerome Naduvathaniyil, OSB and Rev. Kenny Thielman will officiate and burial will be at St. Peter's Cemetery in Eden Valley. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Sunday at Assumption Catholic Church in Eden Valley and one hour prior to the services Monday also at the church. Eden Valley American Legion Post #381 and the Hutchinson 40 & 8 will pray at 7:00 p.m., followed by parish prayers at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Eden Valley.

Ben was born Oct. 26, 1925 in Richmond to John & Theresa (Klein) Plantenberg. He served his country in the U.S. Navy. Ben married Leonella "Noney" Thielman on May 11, 1948 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring. They lived in Richmond, Cold Spring, Rockville, and in Eden Valley since 1966. Ben was the co-owner with his son John and his wife Carol of Plantenberg's Market in Eden Valley, retiring in 2002. He was a member of Assumption Catholic Church where he was a lector, Eucharistic minister, member of St. Joseph's Catholic Aid and Catholic Order of Foresters. Ben was also a member of Eden Valley American Legion Post #381, Hutchinson 40 & 8, and member and past president of the Eden Valley Chamber of Commerce. He enjoyed crossword puzzles, family gatherings, playing St. Nicholas, woodworking, the Minnesota Twins and Vikings. Ben had a great sense of humor and always had a joke or a story to tell. He had a strong faith and was a gentle, unique, loving, clever, humble and giving person.

Survivors include his wife, Noney of Eden Valley; sons and daughters, John (Carol) of Paynesville, Sharon (Mike) Teicher of Eden Valley, Colleen (Tom) Weiss of Nevis, Kay (Jim) Tintes of Watkins, and Ken (Debbie) of Paynesville; 21 grandchildren and 48 great grandchildren. Ben was preceded in death by his parents; and all his brothers and sisters.

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Published in the St. Cloud Times on Dec. 6, 2013
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