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Trent Roger Bengel

Trent Roger Bengel Westphalia Trent Roger Bengel, age 14, surrounded by his family went home to celebrate eternal life with Jesus after a 3 year courageous battle with brain cancer on January 12, 2013. Trent was born in Lansing, Michigan October 22, 1998. He attended St. Mary's Catholic School, Westphalia, Michigan, then Pewamo Westphalia Junior High School. Trent had a personality and a smile that was one of a kind. His sense of humor and love for life had an impact on everyone around him whether he was hanging out with friends and family at Chippewa Lake, camping out, at the baseball field or basketball court, at the movie theater, or Michigan Adventure. Trent was caring to everyone he came in contact with whether you were young or old and was ALWAYS able to make you smile and feel good. On January 2, 2010 we found out Trent had a brain tumor. He never doubted his faith through all his scans, surgeries, treatments, radiation or hospital stays. Many times God used Trent's life to reveal his miraculous powers. During Trent's long journey many people brought joy and inspiration to him and his family. We will be forever grateful to our family of wonderful doctors, nurses, receptionists, child life specialists, and caregivers at Helen DeVos Childrens Hospital who gave us all their love, determination, and kindness. The surrounding communities and schools for the benefits, prayer services, masses, donations, and millions of thoughts, prayers, hugs, and smiles. Our families who helped us with everything and gave us all their Love. The Make A Wish Foundation for the life long memories of Disney. To Camp Make-A-Dream for lifelong friends and memories for Trent and Brooke. A special thank you to Portland Federal Credit Union and Pohl Oil Co. for all your understanding and support. We are blessed to know so many wonderful, caring and compassionate people. Preceding Trent in death were his Godmother, Donna Heckman. Surviving are his parents, Randy and Terri (Boos) Bengel; sisters, Brooke and Alexia Bengel; grandparents, Don and Barb Boos, and Rich and Alice Bengel; aunt, Shelley (Dan) Fox; uncles, Pat Heckman, Rick (Tammy) Bengel, Rusty (Julie) Bengel, Godfather Roger (Genny) Bengel, Ryan (fiancee, Kerri) Bengel, and Reggie (Holly) Bengel; many cousins and special friends. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, January 17, 2013 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Westphalia, with the Rev. James Conlon presiding. Rite of Committal will follow at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Westphalia. The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the St. Mary's Funeral Chapel, 210 N. Westphalia Street, Westphalia. Rosaries will be prayed at 3 and 8 p.m. Tuesday, and 3 p.m. Wednesday. A Scriptural Wake Service will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Arrangements are entrusted to Lehman Funeral Homes, Portland. On line condolences may be made at www.lehmanfuneralhomes.com.


Published in Lansing State Journal from Jan. 15 to Jan. 20, 2013
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