Norma Bentley

Norma Bentley

Norma Bentley of Otsego passed away Wednesday, June 20, 2012 in Plainwell. Norma was born November 9, 1920 to Motley and Mary (Rubert) Tefft in Otsego on the family farm. Norma graduated from Otsego High School in 1937 then worked at Mol’s Restaurant and was a bookkeeper at Otsego Sanitary Milk. Norma was a life member of the Otsego VFW Post 3030.

She married Lyle Bentley and had two sons, Russell and Gerald ‘Gery’ Bentley. They loved fishing and hunting together. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Russell II (Jacque), Reneé (Curtis) Adams both of AZ; Brandy (Phil) Goodwin of Otsego, G.R. (Sarah) of Kalamazoo and Brittany of Otsego; 5 great-grandchildren, Donovan, Aidan and Madeline Goodwin and Russell III and Anastasia Bentley; step-son, Donald (Gwen) of Allegan; 5 step-grandchildren and spouses, and several great-grand and great great grandchildren and family. She was preceded in death by her husband Lyle in 1965, an infant brother Howard Tefft, son Russell in 2004, 2 sisters, Lois VanderMeer and Bertine Warner and a brother Motley Tefft.

Friends may meet with her family from 6-8 P.M. Friday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. Private burial will take place at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the VFW Post 3030 Auxiliary.

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  1. Bob and Joyce Bloom says:

    Gery, we are sadden to hear that your mother has passed away.
    Please accept our deepest symapthy.

  2. Robin Moran says:

    I am so sorry for your loss, Norma will be missed very much she was a very special lady and I’m so glad I was lucky enough to meet her she became very special to me. God Bless

  3. Sue Bentley says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  4. Bob Johnson says:


    I was looking for another obit. on Winkel’s web and read that your Mom passed away. Soory to hear of your loss. My Mom passed away last November after spending her last two years down here in Asheville, NC with us. Oddly, I was thinking about the Boy’s Club in Kazoo and good old Frank Razzano the other day. Oh the good old days!

    Hope everything else is going well for you and yours. I often think of that Corvair you had and how one of the belts would fly off everytime you went around a curve too fast(and that was about every time!).

    Bob Johnson

  5. Bruce & Brenda Carroll says:


    So sorry for your loss. The years we lived next door were fun years.

    We are out of town and share your sorrow, you took really good care of your mom.


  6. Agnes Schmitt Vanarsdal says:

    Gery, so verry sorry for the loss of your mother. I know that she must have been your rock in life, as you lost your father so eary in life. I can still remember when your dad past–and you were so very young. May God’s grace be with you and all who loved your mother.

    In Christ’s love —Agnes

  7. Gery says:


    So sorry to learn of Norma’s death. I’ll always think of her as “Mama Spitfire”. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Joan Walters

  8. Howard and Judy Stull says:

    We are so sorry for the loss of your mom. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

  9. Gail Tutewiler says:

    So sorry to hear about your mom. Mom’s are hard to lose. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  10. Bonnie McDonald says:

    Gery sorry to hear of your moms passing my prayers are with you all

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