Martha A. (Benton) Barbao

MARTHA A. (BENTON) BARBAO CROWN POINT, IN Martha A. (Benton) Barbao, of Crown Point, IN, passed away on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 in Crown Point, IN. She was the daughter of Sarah and Oscar Benton of Iowa. Martha was a retired bookkeeper/head cashier for Thrift T-Mart, Key Market/Strack and Van Til for many years. Her smile and positive energy was the first impression for shoppers for 37 years. She loved interacting with anyone she came into contact with. She loved making people smile. She enjoyed going for long drives in the country and stopping to see horses at various farms throughout the area. She was also an avid bird watcher. Martha was a tireless giver who always thought of others first. She adored her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren- bragging about them often. Throughout her life she was always ready to jump in the car for family vacations. She looked forward to getting together with everyone and watching the little ones grow up. Martha is survived by her husband, Joseph of 43 years, daughters: Deanna (Ronald) Easto of Sugar Grove, IL and Deborah (Lou) Yankey of Crown Point, IN; son: Joseph Barbao of Atlanta, GA; brother: Melvin (Norma) Benton and sister: Jane (Max) Meyer. Martha is also survived by her grandchildren: Cheryl (Daniel) Lasson, Ronald (Nina) Easto, Melissa (Casey) Horn and Jonathan (Elizabeth) Easto; and 5 great-grandchildren. Martha was preceded in death by her parents: Oscar and Sarah Benton; brothers: Bill (Juanita) Benton, Paul Benton, Fred (Hallie) Benton, Leonard (Pauline) Benton; and grandson: Michael Gartner. Friends may visit with the family on Friday, May 9, 2014 at Geisen Funeral-Cremation & Reception Centre, 606 E. 113th Ave./South St., Crown Point, IN 46307 from 3:00 to 8:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at St. Matthias Catholic Church, 101 W. Burrell Dr., Crown Point, IN 46307 at 10:00 AM with Fr. Joseph Vamos officiating. Interment will take place at City of Crown Point Historic Maplewood Cemetery. View directions and/or sign guestbook at or contact 219-663-2500.

Funeral Home

Geisen Funeral, Cremation & Reception Centre - Crown Point
606 E. 113th Ave.  Crown Point, IN 46307
(219) 663-2500

Published in The Times from May 8 to May 9, 2014