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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Lorraine B. Bentley, 91, of Bradford, PA

Lorraine B. Bentley

Lorraine B. Bentley, 91, of Bradford, PA, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 30, 2017 at the Bradford Ecumenical Home.

She was born on September 23, 1925 in Bradford, a daughter of the late Eugene W. and Anna I. Johnson Bond.

She was a 1943 graduate of the Bradford Area High School. She also attended the Nursing Education Program at the Hamsher House in Bradford.

On July 15, 1945 in the First United Methodist Church, Bradford, she married Howard E. Bentley, who preceded her in death on April 11, 2001.

She was employed for many years by her family’s business; Bentley Welding & Fabrication as a bookkeeper.

She was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church. She was a former member of the Pine Acres Country Club where she was a past president and the club’s first treasurer. She was a member of the Koffee Kup Bowling League where she was a former vice president and she was one of the founders of the Wild Little League.

Lorraine was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She was a dedicated woman who got things done. She was the first person you could go to for help and her aid was extended to all that needed that extra love and encouragement.

She had many talents. She enjoyed cooking and baking from scratch. Her pies, apple, chocolate, and lemon were unsurpassed and simply the best as was her fresh squeezed lemonade that everyone looked forward to on a hot summer day.

Music also played a big part of her life. Playing the piano and organ led to many group sing-a-longs, especially on holiday get-togethers. Her favorite song, to the day she passed on, was "You Are My Sunshine".

Being creative was her way of life. Arts and crafts were a frequent joy around the table and she was always knitting a one-of-a-kind creation. She also enjoyed collecting Santas and Roosters and her home was a proud display of who she was.

Lorraine was very active and enjoyed the company of others. Bowling was a family oriented passion. Her mother and sisters made up a team and traveled to many tournaments. Golfing for years, she and her husband Howard were proud of their efforts to help the Pine Acres Country Club.

Lorraine loved her family and friends. Reunions were a specialty that she took pride in. She took care of everything so that everyone else could focus on having fun. She will always be remembered for her devotion and selflessness.

Her sunshine has touched many lives.

She is survived by two sons, Jim (Sherri) Bentley of Pomona, KS and Gary Bentley of Bradford; two daughters, Marsha (Dan) Denning of Bradford and Candace “Candy” (Ed) Keels of Tampa, FL; two sisters, Marilyn Vecellio of Bradford and Gloria (Jack) Hanson of Bradford; one sister-in-law, Rose Hagar of Bradford; three grandchildren, Robert C. Denning, II of Bradford, Brooke Bentley of Bradford and Devon Weinman of Atlanta, GA; two great granddaughters, Ava and Cami Harper both of Bradford and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband she was also preceded in death by one brother, Wally Bond, two sisters, Phyllis Pingel and Dolores Hoffman and one daughter-in-law, Karen Valentine Bentley.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 6, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Mascho Funeral Home, Inc. Funeral services will be celebrated at 11:00 AM Friday at the Grace Lutheran Church, Bradford, with the Rev. Patrick Cox officiating.

Burial will be in Willow Dale Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in her memory can be made to the Grace Lutheran Church, 79 Mechanic St., Bradford, PA 16701 or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Mascho Funeral Home, Inc.

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