Florence Behnfeldt

Dec. 2, 1923-Aug. 12, 2019

Florence Behnfeldt, 95, of Defiance died peacefully Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, at her daughter’s residence surrounded by her loving family.

She was born Dec. 2, 1923, in Napoleon Township to the late Ferdinand and Mathilda (Badenhop) Norden. She married Earl Behnfeldt June 20, 1946, and he preceded her in death in 2005.

Florence was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Okolona, where she was active in the Lydia Circle. She was also a member of Ridgeville American Legion Auxiliary. Florence also enjoyed quilting and fishing and polka dancing with her husband.

Florence is survived by her children, Terry (Deb) Behnfeldt, Tena (Cindy) Behnfeldt, Todd (Chris) Behnfeldt, Tom (Linda) Behnfeldt, and Tammy (Gene) Poor; 11 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; sisters, Margarete Lanzer, Gladys Dachenhaus; brother, Dan (Toni) Norden; and sisters-in-law, Joan Norden and Wanda Norden.

She was also preceded in death by a grandson, Benjamin Behnfeldt; sister, Mary Ann Illiff; and brothers, Leonard and Rev. Norman Norden.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 16 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Okolona. Interment will follow at the church cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday from 2-8 p.m. at Rodenberger-Gray Funeral Home, Napoleon, and Friday from 10-11 a.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Bethlehem Lutheran Church or CHP Defiance Hospice.

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