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Barbara Jean Benner

God gained another angel on Tuesday, June 21, 2016, Barbara "Barb" J. Benner, age 77, of Berkey, Ohio. She was born January 2, 1939 in Ogden Township, Michigan to Elvin and Elizabeth (Kline) Iffland. Berkey Barb, as she was known, was the smiling face that you would see at the Berkey store for over 40 years. If you knew her and you were a "Berkey Brat", she loved you. Her spicy personality and deep love for people impacted all who knew and loved her. She was the rock that kept our family together.

Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren meant the world to her. She never missed a sporting event, birthday or any other important event in their lives. She loved gambling, vacationing in Florida, sun bathing and cooking for family gatherings.

Special thanks to her grandchildren, Matthew, for being the best roommate ever; Justin and Luke for creating beautiful great-grandchildren that filled her heart with joy; Chad for always being there at the drop of a hat; and Tiffany, "Grandma's Princess," for the countless hours of devotion.

Left to cherish her memory are her two daughters, Dori (Rick) Poorman and Shirley (Joe) Muszynski; grandchildren, Justin (Whitney) Keeler, Luke (Sara) Keeler, Matthew Keeler, Chad (Katie) Muszynski and Tiffany (A.J.) Muszynski; and 4 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are her sisters, Margaret Manzagol, Wilma Jackson, and Claire Iffland.

Barb was preceded in death by her husband Jack of 57 years; her parents; infant son, Denny; brothers, Lynford and Norris; and sisters, Eileen, Erma, Corabelle, Inez, Meredith and Betty.

The family would like to thank the Iffland family and friends for their heartfelt expressions of support.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 9th at 12:00 p.m. at the Universalist Church in Lyons. A celebration of life will take place in Berkey, Ohio at the hall behind the Berkey store immediately following the memorial service.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Lathrop Park, P.O. Box 41, Berkey, OH 43504, in honor of Jack and Barb Benner.

Residence: Berkey, Ohio

Memorial Service: Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. (Noon) at Universalist Church in Lyons, Ohio

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Barb babysat us for a good number of years many years ago. She treated us like our own mother would; I always felt happy & in good hands at her & Jack's home. Thank you Barb for all you did for my brothers Chet, Clay, & I. We miss you very much. Our deepest sympathies go out to her family.

Clinton & Ronda White & Family Jul 6 2016 12:00 AM

Dori and Shirley and families, I was so saddened to hear of your mother's passing. She was an amazing woman. May God give you all the strength you will need in the days ahead. RIP my dear Barb and give my Berkey Brat a heavenly hug from me please. xxoo and God Bless.

Carol Werner Jun 29 2016 12:00 AM

Good bless your family. You were a great person. I remember as a child you would always happy and smiling when we would come into the store. I will always be one of your "Berkey brats!" Rest in peace! God gained another Angel!

Veronica "Roni" Kirkum Jun 28 2016 12:00 AM

Gramma Barb will be dearly missed here on earth but, I know she has added cheer in Heaven with her Sunny Smile!!! Love and Prayers for ALL of the family. God Bless!

Jo Shock Jun 28 2016 12:00 AM

I'm so very sorry for your loss. Your mom was a wonderful person. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She was awesome. I am blessed to have known her.

Jim Lumbrezer Jun 28 2016 12:00 AM

Shirley& Dori.. I am so sorry for your loss. All of the "Berkey Brats" along with you and your families have such a special place in our hearts for Barb.. That smile and laugh always made each of us a better person for knowing her. All my love and prayers thru my tears she will be greatly missed..

Dee Johnson Roberts Jun 27 2016 12:00 AM

What can I say? I'm so gonna miss you. I remember working with you for several years - best co-worker ever! And the best second mom anyone could ever ask for. So sorry for your loss Shirley, Dori, and the entire family.

Denise Loeffler Jun 26 2016 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear about Barb. We remember her from the Benner pool and I, Jean, remember her from Metamora High School. Our sympathy to the family.

Jean and Glenn Witt Jun 26 2016 12:00 AM

Our deepest and most heartfelt sympathies to you and your family. I was one of those Berkey Brat's...we always rode our bikes up to Keeler's Corner for candy. Berkey Barb always smiled and we always looked forward to seeing her when we walked in the door.

Emily (Hassen) Szafran Jun 26 2016 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear about Barb. To her family, sorry for your loss. Barb was a friend and was a friend to so many people in the Berkey area.

Warren Eugene DeWitt Jun 26 2016 12:00 AM

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