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Barbara Jean Benner

January 2, 1939 — June 21, 2016

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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