Margaret Dorothy Bench was called to her heavenly home on Tuesday, February 19, 2013. Margaret was born on the family farm in Curtice, Ohio on February 3, 1920 to Otto and Blanche Turnow along with 2 brothers and 1 sister. Margaret was baptized and confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church in Williston, Ohio. She was one of the 1,500 alumni that attended Amesville School, a one room school, grades one through eight, on Yondota Road. She graduated from Clay High School in 1938. In high school she enjoyed playing basketball until 1937 when the team was disbanded. She married Charles Bench on April 20, 1940, at St. Mark Lutheran Church where she has been a faithful member for 72 years. Charles and Margaret operated their family farm on State Route 2 in Jerusalem Township raising tomatoes, sugar beets, pickles and other various field crops along with their 5 children. She worked side by side with Charles working ground, driving truck and picking produce. Margaret started selling produce under an apple tree in front of the family farm with a board stretched across two tomato hampers which evolved the farm into a local produce market and truck farming operation. All 3 of her sons carried on the family farming tradition while her two daughters became teachers. Her youngest son David continues to run the home farm market and greenhouse business while Donald, her eldest son, operates a similar farm market and greenhouse business in Elmore, OH. Her second son Robert began a pickle grading station operation and farmed in Genoa, OH. Margaret also has 4 grandsons actively engaged in farming. She was noted for her wonderful cooking skills and having lunch ready at noon and dinner at 6 daily.
Margaret was an active member of the St Mark Lutheran Church Toledo, OH. She was a member of the Women of the Church, Mary Martha Circle and was President of St Mark WELCA in which she volunteered cooking meals, donated many bowls of potato salad and pies. Other memberships and activities included: Oregon Board of Trustees, Jerusalem Historical Society, Farm Bureau, Ohio Farmers Union, Woodbine Chapter # 61 Order of Eastern Stars in which she was a member for 62 years, Sama Gama (club of past presidents), Erie Valley Trail Garden Club, Jerusalem Township Blood Bank Chairman, Jerusalem Township Home Demonstration Club, Jerusalem School Mother's Club, Jerusalem Township Reporter for Oregon News, Clay High School Band Parents, and Election Board Committee for over 25 years in which she was a presiding judge.
Surviving are her children, Donald (Janice) of Elmore, Diane Dickinson of Williston, David (Cynthia) of Curtice, Linda Rossler of Oregon; sister, Kathryn Lumbrezer of Northwood; 17 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles; son, Robert; brothers, Ralph and Rolland Turnow; parents, Otto and Blanche Turnow (Ames).
Visitation will be held Thursday, February 21, 2013, from 2:00-9:00 p.m. at the Eggleston-Meinert-Pavley Funeral Home, Millbury Chapel, 111 Woodville Road, (east of I-280) Millbury. Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. in the St. Peter Lutheran Church where family will greet friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at Elliston Cemetery concluding with a luncheon at St. Peter Lutheran Church. Those wishing to make an expression of joy in Margaret's memory are asked to consider Hospice of Northwest Ohio or St. Mark Lutheran Church.
The family would like to express a special thank you to Margaret's special angel caregivers who treated her like family. Thank you Hospice of Northwest Ohio for all your guidance and compassionate care.
The pain of losing you cannot be described. But the joy of having you in our lives is a blessing we will always be thankful for. You're dearly loved, you are deeply missed
Published in Toledo Blade from Feb. 20 to Feb. 21, 2013