Mary E. (Bennetto) Vonderheid, 93, died Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at Manorcare, Kingston, where she was a guest.
Born Aug. 29, 1920 in Forty Fort, she was the daughter of the late John D. and May C. (Meyer) Bennetto. She graduated from GAR High School. Mary resided in the Daniel J. Flood Tower, Kingston, since 1994.
Mary and her husband, Henry, owned and operated the Von Bros Circus and Red Rock Game Farm for many years. More recently, she was employed by the Department of Aging through its Mature Worker Program. Mary finally retired in 2000. She was an active member of Church of Christ Uniting, Kingston, and its Women's Fellowship. Mary was also a member of the Wyoming Valley Women's Club and was a past matron in the Shick-Shawnee Chapter, No. 190, Order of the Eastern Star.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Henry L. Vonderheid; her brother, John D. Bennetto; and son-in-law, David H. Bradley.
Surviving are her daughter, Mary E. (Beth) Bradley Gleim and son-in-law, Frank Gleim, Kingston; grandchildren, Maj. Michael and Jennifer B. Stewart, Sackets Harbor, N.Y.; Maj. Joshua and Karen M. Mendoza, Leavenworth, Kan.; Matthew D. Bradley, Plains Township; great-grandchildren, Elizabeth and Patrick Stewart, and Isabella and Jacob Mendoza. Nieces and nephew, all of whom reside in the Phoenix, Ariz., area, Deborah Arekat and her husband, Maher, Kim Wells and her husband, Ron; Tamea Rauscher and her husband, Mike; John R. Bennetto; Laurie Coulter and her husband, Gil; and Terri Garlick and her husband, Steve; great-nieces and great-nephews, Sommer and Ameena Arekat, Robert Bennetto, Johnathan and Heather Rauscher, and Jamie and Justin Coulter. She was also fortunate to be loved by an extended family comprised of cousins, in-laws and friends from across the country.
The family would like to thank the administration and staff of Manorcare and Heartland Hospice for their kindness during this time. Their care and consideration in the final days of Mary's life went well beyond any expectation and made the difficult process more bearable for everyone.
Family and friends may call Wednesday at the Church of Christ Uniting, 190 S. Sprague Ave., Kingston, from 1 p.m. until the memorial service at 2 p.m., the Rev. Dr. Carol Ann Fleming and the Rev. Dr. James Harring officiating. The family will hold a private committal service in Hollenback Cemetery, Wilkes-Barre.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of a memorial contribution to the Church of Christ Uniting. For information or to send the family an online message of condolence, you may visit the funeral home website at hughbhughes.com