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Carl E. Bien, WWII and Army National Guard Veteran died Monday, October 14, at the age of 86. Born in Manchester, MD, to Mae Aurora and Charles B.F. Bien, Carl attended several schools including the Wm. Bayer School for Crippled Children, having been confined to a wheelchair after suffering rheumatic fever during the height of the Great Depression. He became a journeyman printer, attending the Mergenthaler School of Printing and eventually worked in the family printing business in Baltimore, MD. At the age of 18, Carl, having been medically refused by the Navy, was accepted by the Army later that same day and shipped out to Italy at the end of World War II. There he worked in the chemical disarmament division as a Staff Sergeant as well as a cook, baker, and for the Army newspaper, 'Stars and Stripes'. Upon his return, Carl served several years in the Pennsylvania National Guard as a Chief Warrant Officer and Field Kitchen Supervisor. He worked 30+ years for Heidelberg Eastern as a printing press service mechanic and later started a school for both national and international students in printing press repair. Carl and wife, Siebrig, traveled extensively worldwide and lived for several years in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Carl took many classes at the University of Toledo and sang with the Agora Chorale and several groups led by Dr. John Tyner. More recently, he performed with the Young at Heart Singers of East Lansing, MI. He also enjoyed poetry and reading and was an avid patron of the Bedford Public Library in Temperance, MI. Carl was a collector of books, tools, and miscellaneous electronics and never passed up a decent garage sale.
He married Siebrig Boessenkool, of Almelo, the Netherlands, in 1966, and together in Lambertville, MI, they raised their two (surviving) daughters, Laura Bien (Fritz Passow) of Ypsilanti, MI, and Larissa Miller (David Miller) of East Lansing, MI. He is also survived by his two cherished grandsons, Nicolas and Daniel Miller of East Lansing, MI, and his sisters, Janet (James) Culver, of Killeen, TX, Lucille (Lowell) Dykes of Monkton, MD, Wilma (the late George) Sauer, of Potomac, MD, and Claire Bien of Baltimore, MD; as well as several nieces and nephews and their families.
Carl believed in lifelong learning and education and willed his body to scientific study at The University of Toledo College of Medicine. He truly epitomized "The Greatest Generation" and will be greatly missed. There will be a private memorial service at a later date.
Published in Toledo Blade on Oct. 20, 2013