RUSSIA - Joseph E. Bensman, age 88, of Russia, died at 2:14 a.m. on Saturday Oct. 12, 2013, at Versailles Health Care Center.
He was born on Easter Sunday, April 12, 1925, in St. Patrick, to the late Joseph and the late Emma (Hoying) Bensman. He married his wife of 66 years, Marcella J. Dapore, on Aug. 20, 1947, in Russia. She survives in Russia.
He is also survived by sons Rick Bensman, Worthington, and Dan and Karen (Blakeley) Bensman, Russia; five grandchildren, Natalie and Kyle Hildebrandt, Worthington; Shellie and Andrew Smith, Worthington; Sarah Bensman, Columbus; Amy Bensman, Worthington; and Mitchell Bensman, Russia; and great-grandson, Eli Hildebrandt; sisters and brother, Sister Mary Josephine and Sister Joseph Maria, both of Mount St. Joseph, Cincinnati; and the Rev. John Bensman, Carthagena.
He was preceded in death by daughters Bonnie in 1996 and Annette in 1964; sisters and brothers, Sister Mary Edmund Bensman, Juliana Bergman, Herbert, Victor and Norman.
Joe had cancer for two years but did not "lose his battle with cancer" any more than someone loses their battle with life. He lived with cancer, never complained, smiled during chemotherapy and radiation and would come home to rest then go out and do his work around the house or take care of his garden. He loved farming and did this from his youth until he and Marcy moved to town in 1994. He also worked 23 years at the Stolle Corp. in Sidney. He was brilliant at fixing just about anything and knowing how things worked. When he didn't have the parts or tools he improvised and used his talent on the farm, at the shop and as custodian for St. Remy Parish for two years. There was probably nowhere he would rather be than at Mass or services at St. Remy. He loved singing songs to his grandchildren when young and they often teased him about his notorious sweet tooth. He was a member of St. Remy Catholic Church, Russia, and the St. Remy Council of the Knights of Columbus.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, at St. Remy Catholic Church, Russia, with the Rev. Frank Amberger celebrant. Burial will take place in St. Remy Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Russia, from 3 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, and from 9 to 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013.
Condolences may be made at www.hogenkampfh.com.
Hogenkamp Funeral Home - Russia
555 S. Liberty St. Russia, OH 45363
Published in Sidney Daily News on Oct. 13, 2013