Lelah Benninghoff, 89

Lelah Mae Benninghoff, 89, Warren, passed away at 8:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at Heritage Pointe in Warren. She was born on Saturday, June 7, 1924, in Walkerton. 

Mrs. Benninghoff graduated from the Hamlet High School in Hamlet.  She served in the U.S. Navy in World War II as a mechanic on flight crews at Daytona Beach, Fla.  She married Lloyd E.  Benninghoff on Wednesday, June 12, 1946 in Knox. Mrs. Benninghoff came to the Warren area from Plymouth. She retired in 1989 after 11 years as a housekeeper at the former United Methodist Memorial Home in Warren, currently Heritage Pointe.

Survivors include her daughter, Earlene (Robert) Bechtel, Wildwood, Fla.; daughter-in-law, Connie Benninghoff, Markle; sister, Jean (Richard) Furnal, Rochester; brother, Gerald (Margaret) Summerlot, Fort Wayne; grandchildren Mellissa Bechtel, Indianapolis, Robert Bechtel II, Warren, Stephanie (Shaun) Wheeler, Craigville,  Stacy Benninghoff, Ossian; and great-grandchildren, Bryce and Allison Wheeler. She was preceded in death by her father, Walter George Summerlot,  Zelma Lucille (Harness) Summerlot, husband, Lloyd E. Benninghoff, and son, Rodney Benninghoff.

A private burial service is scheduled Thursday, Oct. 24. Interment will follow in the Gardens of Memory in Huntington County, Rural Marion.

Arrangements are being handled by Glancy - H. Brown & Son Funeral Home in Warren.

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Posted on 2013 Oct 22