BERLIN, Pa.—Anna G. Bender, 84, of 612 Main Street, died yesterday at Meyersdale Community Hospital. Born in Berlin, she was a daughter of the late William Henry and Sarah Emma (Rumiser) Bender. She is survived by a son, Robert 0. Bender, Baltimore; three sisters, Mrs. Hilda Long, Mrs. Euclid Groff, here, and Mrs. Minnie Watkins, Ebensburg; two brothers, George Bender, Glen Burnie, Md., and John Bender, LaVale, Md., and two grandchildren. The body is at the Johnson and Son Funeral Home where friends will be received after 7 p.m. today. A service will be conducted there Sunday at 2:30 p.m. by Rev. Randall Hickman. Burial will be in the Berlin IOOF Cemetery.
The Cumberland News, January 3, 1969
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)


BENDER, Mrs. Bessie
FROSTBURG — Mrs. Bessie Bender, 58, wife of Bruce Bender, died at 6 a. m. today at her residence, 80 Mechanic Street, following an illness of six months. Mrs. Bender was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church. Her first husband died a number of years ago. Surviving, besides her husband are two daughters, Mrs. Peter Miller, Oakland, and Mrs. Patrick Garlitz, Frostburg, and five sons, Marshal McKenzie, Avilton; Wilbur, Jonas and Martin McKenzie, all of Grantsville, and Cobey McKenzie, Finzel. The body is at the Hafer Funeral Home. A requiem mass will be celebrated Saturday at 9 a. m. in St. Michael's Church with burial in St. Ann's Cemetery, Avilton.
The Cumberland Evening Times, November 13, 1947
[Bessie's first husband was Charles Oscar McKenzie, who passed away in 1941]
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted November 10, 2012


BENDER, Frederick W.

SPRINGS, Pa. - Frederick W. Bender, 79, prominent Springs merchant, died at his home Sunday afternoon after an illness of several years. A son of' the late John and Elizabeth (Otto) Bender, he was born in Grantsville May, 1869. He was one of' the organizers and directors of the First State Bank at Grantsville. He is survived by five sons, Ray and Walter Bender, of Denver, Pa.; Albert and George Bender, of Somerset, Pa., and Glenson Bender, Meyersdale; two daughters, Miss Rhoda Bender and Mrs. Patricia Maust, at home, and two brothers, John Bender, of Springs, and C. Edward Bender, Columbiana, Ohio. His wife, Mrs. Malinda (Miller) Otto, died three years ago. Services will be held tomorrow at 10:30 a. m. in the Springs Mennonite Church, of which he was a member. Rev. Roy Otto and Rev. A. J. Replogle will officiate. Interment will be at Springs.
The Cumberland Evening Times, March 22, 1949
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)




MEYERSDALE — Hiram Bender, 71, a native of Meyersdale, died Friday at Ohio Valley Hospital, Steubenville, Ohio. He was a son of the late Daniel and Katherine (Linderman) Bender and had been residing with a daughter, Mrs. James Gaines, 309 Leonard Avenue, Winterville, Ohio. He was a member and trustee of Weirton (W. Va.) Church of God, and was a retired coal miner. Surviving, besides Mrs. Gaines, are his widow, Mrs. Lula (Albright) Bender; two sons, Harold Bender, Medina, Ohio, and Hiram Bender Jr., Akron; three other daughters, Mrs. Harry Leazier, Belle Vernon, Pa.; Mrs. F. J. Honaker, Charleston, W. Va., and Mrs. Jean Franze, Cumberland; four sisters, Mrs. Lizzie Knepp, Washington, Iowa; Mrs. Mary Keener, Amburg, Wis.; Mrs. Sue Weise, Iowa City, Iowa, and Mrs. Lula Knepper, York, Pa., 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. The body is at the Dunlope Funeral Home, 215 Fernwood Road, Winterville. Services will be conducted today at 10:30 a.m. at Weirton Church of God by Rev. J. E. Bell and Rev. C. D. Coley and interment will be in Berlin (Pa.) Cemetery.
The Cumberland News, March 17, 1969
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)

BENDER, Joseph C.

Frostburg - Joseph C. Bender, 46, of 4104 Duane Avenue, Baltimore, died yesterday at his home.  A native of Eckhart, he was a son of Lester Bender, Baltimore, and the late Mary (Griffith) Bender.  Also surviving is a brother, William Bender, at home.
The body will be at the Hafer-Sowers Funeral Home where friends will be received today from 7 until 9 p.m.
Wednesday, 25 April 1973; The Cumberland News
Posted February 18, 2011

BENDER, Mrs. Mary Griffith

FROSTBURG — Mrs. Mary Bender, 62, Baltimore, formerly of Eckhart, died yesterday in Baltimore. A native of Eckhart. she was a daughter of the late William B. and Annie (Mair) Griffith. She is survived By her husband, A. Lester Bender, and two sons. William and Joseph Bender at home. The body is at the Hafer Funeral Home, 60 West Main Street, where the family will receive friends today from 7 until 9 p.m. and tomorrow from 2 until 4 and 7 until 9 p.m.
Cumberland News; Cumberland, Allegany Co, Md - July 20, 1965 - pg 5, col 2
(Courtesy of Pat Dailey)
Posted January 16, 2010

BENDER, Mrs. Mary Griffith

FROSTBURG; — Services for Mrs. Mary Bender, formerly of Eckhart, who died Monday in Baltimore, will be conducted today at 2 p. m. at the Hafer Funeral Home, 60 West Main Street, by Rev. William Anderson. Burial will be in Eckhart Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Wesley Lashbaugh. Michael Keating, Harry Burkett Jr., David Linn. Crawford Connor and Oliver Simons.

Cumberland News; Cumberland, Allegany Co, Md - July 22, 1965 - pg 12, col 4
(Courtesy of Pat Dailey)
Posted January 16, 2010

BENDER, William Henry

Berlin, Pa., Dec. 13—William Henry Bender, 95, Somerset county's last surviving veteran of the Civil War, died Wednesday afternoon at his home on North street following an extended illness. Despite his failing health. Mr. Bender was active until a few weeks ago. He had participated in the last Memorial Day exercises in Berlin. Mr. Bender was a son of George Washington and Mary (Lehman) Bender and was born March 15, 1845, in Zanesville, O. He came to Berlin with his parents when he was 10 years old. Mr. Bender went to Somerset in 1862 and for a time was employed in a hotel; then, on March 24, 1863, Mr. Bender enlisted in Company M of the 2lst Pennsylvania Cavalry, and in January 1864, he reenlisted as a member of Company E of the same regiment. It was while Mr. Bender was serving with Company E that he was captured on April 7, 1865. He was taken to the Andersonville prison and remained there until the end of the Civil War. He received his honorable discharge on July 9, 1865, at Lynchburg, Va. Prior to his capture by the Confederates, Mr. Bender took part in several engagements, including those at Cold Harbor and Petersburg. Mr. Bender returned to Berlin at the close of the war and engaged in the contracting business for many years. Many of Berlin's present buildings and homes were constructed under his supervision. He recalled vividly the time when he was serving as an emergency dispatch bearer during the war that he met and shook the hand of President Lincoln. Mr. Bender was one of the charter members of Mark Collins Post No. 344, Grand Army of the Republic of Berlin. He formerly served as a commander of this organization. Mr. Bender's wife, Mrs. Sara (Rumizer) Bender, passed away in 191?. Surviving are these children: Miss Anna G. Bender, at home; Mrs. Hilda May Long, George W. Bender and Mrs. Euclid R. Groff, all of Berlin; Mrs. Minnie G. Watkins, of Colver; and John P. Bender, Cumberland, Md. Four children preceded him in death. Funeral services will be held at the Bender home tomorrow afternoon.
The Cumberland Evening Times, December 13, 1940, page 15
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)


MEYERSDALE - Mrs. Anna Benford, 86, died yesterday at Meyersdale Community Hospital. A native of RD 4, Meyersdale, she was a daughter of the late Andrew and Barbara (Yutzy) Beal, and she was the widow of George Benford. Surviving is a sister, Mrs. Grace Bittner, here. The body is at the Price Funeral Home where friends will be received after 7 p.m. today. A service will be conducted there Monday at 2:30 p.m. with Rev. Harold Appel and Rev. Robert Burns officiating. Interment will be in Union Cemetery.
The Cumberland Evening Times, May 12, 1973
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)

BENFORD, Philip W.

ROCKWOOD - Philip W. Benford, 54, died at his home at Rockwood. He was born Jan. 5, 1914, in Black Township, a son of Archie and Annie Barclay Benford. Surviving are his stepmother, Mrs. Hilda Benford of Rockwood, and these brothers and sisters: Melvin of Hooversville, Norman, Ronald, and Mrs. Ethel Miller of Rockwood and Mrs. Julia Swarner, Mrs. Cora Sanner and Mrs. Edna Brant of Rockwod, R. D. 1. A World War Two veteran, he was a member of Turney Filey Post No. 7250, Veterans of Foreign Wars, at Confluence.
The Daily Courier, Connellsville, January 4, 1969
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)

BENNA, Adam Lester

Adam Lester Benna died at his home Tuesday at Hollidaysburg. He was 58 at the time of his death. He was born in Harrison Twp., Oct. 25, 1885, the son of Lewis and Julia Benna, both deceased. He was married to Josephine Struckman August 2, 1916. His wife survives, together with the following children: Clara F., Pvt. Gerald T., Mrs. Albert Miller and Geraldine, all of Bedford. Interment at Dry Ridge.
The Bedford Gazette April 7, 1944
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)

BENNETT, Basil Edward

B. Edward Bennett, 76, of Route 1, Springfield, W.Va., father of Fred R. Bennett of this city, died yesterday afternoon in Allegany Hospital where he was admitted Saturday. He belonged to Fort Ashby, W.Va., Methodist church. Also surviving are his widow, Mrs. Mary E. Bennett; four other sons, Oscar Bennett of Pittsburgh; Lynn Bennett of Canton, Ohio; Conda Bennett of Fort Ashby, and T.H. Bennett, at home; two daughters, Mrs. B. W. Rannells, of Martinsburg, W. Va., and Mrs. R. M. Wagoner, of Pittsburgh; a sister, Mrs. Ella Whitacre, of Short Gap, W.Va.; 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. The body is at the home. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. in the Fort Ashby Methodist church by the Rev. William Albright, pastor, assisted by the Rev. Charles Ambrose of Clarksburg, W.Va. Interment will be in Fort Ashby Cemetery.
The Cumberland Evening Times, Tuesday, January 14, 1947
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted September 3, 2015


BENNETT, Elizabeth Naomi Neder

MOUNT SAVAGE Elizabeth Naomi "Toots" Bennett, 89, of Mount Savage Road, N.W., Mount Savage, died Sunday, Dec. 14, 2003, at her residence. Born Sept. 10, 1914, in Mount Savage, she was the daughter of the late George Neder and Barbara (Lapp) Neder. Mrs. Bennett was also preceded in death by her husband, Francis J. Bennett; one brother, Raymond Neder; and two sisters, Ruth Martin, and Neal Smith. Mrs. Bennett was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Georges Episcopal Church, Mount Savage Surviving are one son, Kenneth E. Bennett Sr. and wife Jerry Ann, Mount Savage; one daughter, Barbara L. Rotruck and husband Bill, Cresaptown; one brother, William Neder, Mount Savage; one sister, Georganna Voit, Tyler, Texas; five grandchildren, Sherri Uhl, Ken Bennett Jr., Dawna Morgan, Barbara Lee and Jim Rotruck; 12 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. There will be no visitations. Funeral services will be conducted at St. Georges Episcopal Church, on Wednesday at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Ian C. Thomson officiating. Interment will be in the Saint George's Episcopal Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Durst Funeral Home, P.A., 57 Frost Ave., Frostburg.  Family and friends can go to durstfuneralhome.com to email condolences.
Cumberland Times-News, about December 14, 2003 
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted January 10, 2010


Name: Franklin "Pops" J. Bennett, 69, of Artemas, PA
Parents: Otha and Florence Bennett
DOB: January 19, 1934, Artemas, PA
DOD: May 9, 2003, at the WMHS Memorial Campus Hospital, Cumberland, MD
Military: Veteran of the Korean War serving in the United States Army
Spouse: Roseann L. (Ruppert) Bennett
Predeceased by: parents
Survived by: wife; son, Jimmie "Buddy" O'Neal and his wife Molly, Cumberland, MD; daughters, Elizabeth Ann "Sissy" O'Neal, New Jersey; Linda Guthrie and her husband Mike, Cumberland, MD; Kim McKay, Ohio
Burial: May 12, 2003, Fairview Christian Cemetery
Source: Adams Family Funeral Home, Cumberland, MD
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted May 10, 2015


Berlin, January 5 or 6 - The funeral of George Bennett took place from the home of his brother Frank Bennett Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Short services were conducted at the house by Rev. S. W. Bryan of the M. E. church. Interment in the I.O.O.F. cemetery.
The Daily Courier, Connellsville, January 6, 1910
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted June 3, 2015

BENNETT, George H.

Mr George H Bennett, aged 56 years, died at 7:45 a.m. yesterday at his home near Wright's Crossing after a protracted illness of dropsy.  The deceased was a coal miner by occupation and had lived here for many years, having come to this county from Pennsylvania, his native state.  He was a member of the Knights of Pythias, the Junior O U A M of Lonaconing and the Independent Order of Red Men of this place.  The surviving members of the family of the deceased are his wife, six daughters and four sons, as follows: Mrs. Jesse Beaman, Mrs. Janet Blubaugh, Mrs. Minnie Filer, Mrs. Pearl Dudley, Misses Marion and Hazel Bennett, Benjamin Bennett, Porter Bennett, George Bennett and William Bennett, all of this county. The funeral will take place Sunday afternoon and will be in charge of the Jr. 0. U. M. Services will be held at the family residences at 2 p. m. by Rev. D. H. Martin. Interment will be in Allegany cemetery.
Evening Times; Cumberland, Allegany Co, Md., Friday, February 23, 1912 - pg 9, col 3
(Courtesy of Pat Dailey)
Posted April 10, 2015

BENNETT, Harold DeSales
CRESAPTOWN - Harold DeSales Bennett, 92, of Cresaptown, died Sunday, May 1, 2005, in the presence of his children, at his residence. Born Sept. 5, 1912, in Mount Savage, he was the son of the late Franklin Pierce Bennett and Dora Ellen (Orndorff) Bennett. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Rowena Ray (Ellis) Bennett; one brother, Hobert Franklin; three sisters, Amy Richardson, Mabel Russell and Wilda Petenbrink; and one great-granddaughter, Billie Sue. Mr. Bennett was a retired bricklayer for the Local 6, Cumberland. He was a member of Cresaptown United Methodist Church, where he was on the Trustee Administrative Board; a member and treasurer for the Senior Citizens Bowling League for 25 years; Haystack Mountain Sportsman Club and he was a member of the Allegany and Garrett Sportsman Association. Surviving are two sons, Robert Harold Bennett and wife Trudy, Rawlings, John E. Bennett and wife Robyn, Frostburg; two daughters, Helen R. Pfeiffer and husband Sonny, Cumberland, and Nancy L. Diehl, Butler, Pa.; 11 grandchildren, Joy Warren and husband Steve, Robert Bennett Jr. and wife Cindy, Kris Growden and husband Mickey, Donald Pfeiffer and wife Shannon, Stephanie Russell and husband Jack, John Bennettand wife Ginger, Ronald Bennett, Greg Diehl and fiancée Tanya, Kim Taylor and husband Gary, Susan Michael and husband Jimmy and Carolyn Sires and husband Bill; 26 great-grandchildren, Shana, Bobby, Ashley, Liz, Jeb, Derek, Carly, Shandi, Sawyer, B.J., Morgan, Timmy, Doc, Michael, Dylan, Jackson Bennett, Cody, Chase, Gage, Brandon, Aric, Steven, Brandon, Jeffry, Casey, and Aaron; three great-great-grandchildren, Cassidy, Kendal and Tyler; several nieces and nephews, many close friends and neighbors. Friends will be received at the Scarpelli Funeral Home, P.A., Cresaptown, on Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted at the funeral home on Wednesday at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Harold McClay Jr. officiating. Interment will be in Restlawn Memorial Gardens, LaVale. Pallbearers will be grandsons.
Cumberland Times-News, Tuesday, May 3, 2005
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted February 6, 2013

BENNETT, Hobert Franklin
MOUNT SAVAGE - Hobert Franklin Bennett, 79, of 14004 Mount Savage Road, N.W., Mount Savage, died Monday, July 26, 1999, at Sacred Heart Hospital, Cumberland. Born March 9, 1920, in Mount Savage, he was the son of the late Frank P. and Dora E. (Orndorff) Bennett. He also was preceded in death by three sisters, Wilda Petenbrink, Mabel Russell and Amy Richardson. Mr. Bennett was retired from the Maryland Dept. of Natural Resurces vehicle maintenance dept. at Green Ridge State Forest. He was a member of the Mount Savage United Methodist Church, Farrady Post No. 24 American Legion, Haystack Mountain Sportsman's Club, Disabled American Veterans, AARP, and was a lifetime member of Mount Savage VFW Post No. 6025. Surviving are his wife, Ethel Viola (Witt) Bennett, Frostburg; a brother, Harold Bennett, Cresaptown; four nieces, Debbie Rizer, Stephens City, Helen Pfeiffer, Cumberland, Nancy Deihl, Cresaptown, Ellen Richardson, Baltimore; and three nephews, James Sweene, Omaha, Neb., Robert Bennett, Rawlings, and John Bennett, Frostburg. Friends will be received at the Durst Funeral Home, P.A., 57 Frost Ave., Frostburg, on Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted at the funeral home on Friday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Richard C. Broome Jr. officiating. Interment will be in the Rest Lawn Memorial Gardens, LaVale. Military honors will be accorded at graveside by the combined Military Honor Guards from the Farrady Post No. 24 and VFW Post No. 6025.
Cumberland Times-News obituary; about Monday, July 26, 1999
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted February 6, 2013

BENNETT, Howard Lee
FORT ASHBY — Howard Lee Bennett, 65, of here, was pronounced dead on arrival at Memorial Hospital, Cumberland, Friday night after being stricken while at the automobile race track at Fort Ashby. Born in Belington, W.Va., he was a son of the late Jacob H. and Ann (England) Bennett. He was a member of the Fort Ashby Methodist Church, the Fort Ashby Volunteer Company and the Potomac Church, the Fort Ashby Volunteer Fire Company and the Potomac Valley Saddle Club. He was a retired butcher and grocer. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Helen (Ramsey) Bennett, two sons, William E. Bennett, Fort Ashby, and H. Horton Bennett, Westerville, Ohio; a brother, Earl Bennett, Belington, and a grandchild. The body is at the George Funeral Home, Cumberland. Friends will be received today and tomorrow. Services will be conducted tomorrow at 2 p.m. in the funeral home by Rev. William D. Slater, pastor of Fort Ashby Methodist Church. Interment will be in Fort Ashby Cemetery.
Cumberland Sunday Times, May 5, 1963
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted September 3, 2015



Tunnelton, W. Va., Dec. 2 - James A. Bennett, 49, died at the City Hospital, Grafton, Saturday night, from injuries received Sept. 5 in the Tunnelton Cooperative coal mine here. Mr. Bennett suffered a broken neck and spinal injuries on Sept. 5 when he was "roofed in" while riding a mine car. The accident occurred when he, for some unknown reason, raised straight up in the car at the lowest part of the mine and was bent backward. He had been in the hospital since Sept. 5. Mr. Bennett, a son of Joshua and Susan Sisler Bennett, was a resident of the Austen vicinity near here. He was married twice. His first wife, the former Emma Severe is deceased. Three children survive, Hubert Bennett of Austin, Mrs. Thelma Fisher of Morgantown, and Mrs. Ada Delucka of Baltimore. He was married to Miss Ethel Shipp July 2, 1922. Seven children all less than 16 years old, survive, Janice, James, Josephine, Donald, Harold, Emerson, and Paul, the later 1 1/2 months old. Other survivors include one brother, John Bennett, of Terra Alta; six sisters, Mrs. Mary Kelly, Terra Alta; Mrs. Hulda Ringer, Valley Point; Mrs. Lydia Casteel, Newburg; Mrs. Mattie Kelley, Tunnelton; Mrs. Della Duceman, Cabot, Pa., and Mrs. Lillie Teets, Uniontown. Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon.
Source: The Cumberland Evening Times; Cumberland, Maryland; Dec. 2, 1940; page 9.
(Courtesy of Wendy Mammoliti)
Posted March29, 2013


Name: James Robert Bennett, Jr., 62, of Eckhart Cemetery Road, Frostburg 

Parents: James Roy Bennett, Sr. and Elizabeth Eleanor (Ritchey) Bennett. 

DOB: May 31, 1948 in Frostburg 

DOD: Tuesday, June 2, 2010 at the Western Maryland Regional Health Center, Cumberland  

Spouse: Dianne Sue (Booth) Bennett 

Predeceased by: 

Survived by: daughter, Dianna Lynn Bennett of Lonaconing; sisters, Mary Louise Grumbine and husband Terry of Frostburg, and Eleanor Mae Cameron and husband Gordon of Lonaconing; brothers, Franklin E. Bennett and wife Brenda of Frostburg, Edward E. Bennett and wife Sandra of Frostburg, Richard D. Bennett and wife Kay of LaVale, Vanderbilt E. Bennett and fiancé Brenda See of Barton, and Donald J. Bennett of LaVale 

Burial: Sunday, June 6, 2010, Frostburg Memorial Park, Frostburg 

Source: Eichhorn-McKenzie Funeral Home, Lonaconing, MD
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted February 18, 2014

BENNETT, Kenneth E.

MOUNT SAVAGE — Kenneth E. Bennett Jr., 44, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011, at his residence. He was born April 11, 1966, in Cumberland, and was the son of Kenneth Bennett Sr. and Jerry Ann (Snyder) Bennett. Kenneth was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Francis and Elizabeth Bennett; and his maternal grandparents, Robert and Annie Snyder. As a child, he grew up as a member of St. George’s Episcopal Church. Kenneth was an inmate systems officer at the Federal Corrections Institute in Cumberland and a member of American Federation of Government employees AFL-CIO Local 410. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a member of the Barrellville Outdoor Club and Piney Mountain Sportsman Club. Surviving in addition to his parents are his best friend and companion, Sharon Dolly, Mount Savage; a son, Kyle Francis Bennett and girlfriend Emily Doolan, Mount Savage; a daughter, Sarah Ann Bennett and friend Jeremy McKenzie, Mount Savage; stepdaughter, Tonya Jedlowski and granddaughter, Hannah "Moo" Jedlowski, both of LaVale; two sisters, Sherri Uhl and husband Jim, Mount Savage, and Dawna Morgan and husband David, Mount Savage; nieces and nephews, Danielle Dom, Bubby Dom, Jessie Morgan, Jimmy Uhl, Josh Uhl and Emily Morgan; one great-nephew, Colton Gardelle; and an ex-wife, *Paula Winebrenner, Barrellville. Kenneth was cremated. Friends will be received from 10 a.m. to noon at Durst Funeral Home, P.A., 57 Frost Ave., Frostburg, on Friday, Feb. 18, 2011. A memorial service will be held at noon with Chaplain Eric Kyler officiating. Memorial contributions may be directed to Kenneth Bennett Jr. Memorial Fund for his children at First Peoples Credit Union.
Cumberland Times-News, February 17, 2011
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted February 26, 2011
*Paula Knieriem Winebrenner, daughter of Henry and Carol Ann Boyce Knieriem.


BENNETT, Mrs. Mary Elizabeth, nee Bennett

Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Bennett, 78, died this morning at her home, near Fort Ashby. The last member of her immediate family, she was born in Hampshire County, a daughter of the late Sylvester and Rebecca (Robinson) Bennett. Her husband, Basil E. Bennett, died in 1946 (sic, 1947). She was a member of Hampshire County Methodist Church. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Goldie Wagoner, Pittsburgh; four sons, Lynn Bennett, Canton, Ohio; Fred Bennett, Cumberland; Conda Bennett, Fort Ashby, and Ted Bennett, at home; a step-daughter, Mrs. Alma Rannells, Martinsburg; step-son, Oscar Bennett, Pittsburgh; 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. The body is at the residence. Services will be conducted Friday at 2 p.m. (DST) at Fort Ashby Methodist Church. Rev. Alonzo Harmon will officiate and burial will be in Fort Ashby Cemetery.
The Cumberland Evening Times, Wednesday, September 10, 1952
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted September 3, 2015

BENNETT, Mrs. Mayvelle E. Ramsey

OAKLAND - Mrs. Mayvelle E. Bennett, 53, of 4401 Brandies Avenue, Orlando, Fla., died Monday at the Orange Memorial Hospital there. A native of here, she was a daughter of Mrs. Ethel F. (Friend) Ramsey, here; and the late Cecil Z. Ramsey. Mrs. Bennett was the Orlando terminal manager of the National Trailer Convoy Company. Surviving in addition to her mother, are her husband, Richard C. Bennett, one daughter, Mrs. Nancy B. Gissell, Charleston, S.C.; four sons, Richard C. Bennett Jr., and Gary C. Bennett, both of Orlando; Jerry C. Bennett, Longwood, Fla.; and William C. Bennett, Kissimmee, Fla.; six sisters, Mrs. Lola Martin, Swallow Falls; Mrs. Hazel Welch and Mrs. Jay Schultz, both of Bay City, Mich.; Mrs. Beryle Benda and Mrs. Fay Powell, both of Baltimore; Mrs. Wanda Leighton, Orlando and four brothers, Playford Ramsey, Ridgeley, Lambert Ramsey, Cumberland, Lee (Shirley) Ramsey, Columbia S. C., and Sherwood Ramsey, Baltimore. Friends will be received at the Minnich-Stewart Funeral Home from 2 to 3 and 7 to 9 p.m. Services will be conducted at the Rocky Dream Assemby of God Church Thursday at 2 p.m by Rev. Gail Hixon. Interment will be in Friends Cemetery. The body will be taken to the church at 1 p.m. Thursday.
Source: The Cumberland News; Cumberland, Maryland; Oct. 10, 1973; page 8.
(Courtesy of Wendy Mammoliti)
Posted May 30, 2010

BENNETT, Ronald Raymond
LONACONING — Ronald "Ronnie" Raymond Bennett, 43, of Rockville Street, Lonaconing, died Friday, Nov. 7, 2003, at his residence. Born Aug. 5, 1960, at Frostburg, he was the son of the late Irvin L. "Irv" Bennett and Hazel Marie (Gaither) Bennett. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Amanda Blair Bennett. Mr. Bennett was employed at Jenkins Chrysler as a mechanic. He was also a member of Maple Shades Sportsman Club in Rawlings. He was an avid bowler, hunter and fisherman. Surviving are his wife, Lois Ann (Housel) Bennett; one daughter, Shannon Marie Bennett; one son, Shane Matthew Bennett; two brothers, Billy Bennett and friend Margie, Gilmore, and Irvin L. Bennett Jr. and wife Sandra, Barton; two sisters, Emma Courtney and husband Doug, Keyser, W.Va., and Shirley Baker and husband Jack, Midland; special friends, Ed and Sue Steele, Burlington, W.Va.; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the Eichhorn-McKenzie Funeral Home, P.A., Midland, on Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted at the funeral home on Tuesday at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Madeline Cook officiating. Interment will be in Frostburg Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Steven Courtney, Michael Courtney, Richard Bennett, Martin Bennett, Gary Bennett, and John Baker, all nephews. Honorary pallbearer will be Ed Steele.
about Friday, Nov. 7, 2003; Cumberland Times-News
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted February 6, 2013

BENNETT, W. Clifford

FROSTBURG — W. Clifford Bennett, 65, of Eckhart, died yesterday at Frostburg Community Hospital. A native of Eckhart, he was a son of the late Cleaver C. and Josephine (Carter) Bennett. Mr. Bennett was a retired coal miner and farmer and a member of the Eckhart United Methodist Church. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Ethel (Knepp) Bennett; one son, Robert C. Bennett, Eckhart; two sisters, Mrs. Edith Fredin, Auburn, Mass., and Mrs. Emma Brewer, here, and one grandchild. The body is at the Durst Funeral Home here where friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A service will be conducted there tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. Rev. Donald Russell and Rev. Steven Washburn will officiate. Interment will be in the Porter Cemetery, Eckhart. Pallbearers will be Richard Peterson, James Minnick, William Engle, Ervin Skidmore, Harry D. Skidmore and Bernard Knepp.
The Cumberland News, April 11, 1973
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted March 11, 2011


Berlin, Pa., Aug. 10 - Adam Benning, 76, prominent Allegheny township farmer, died Sunday morning at his home, where he had been bedfast for the last six months. His health had been impaired for a long time. Besides his widow, Mrs. Sarah [Ohler] Benning, the deceased is survived by 12 children: William, John, George, and Harry Benning, all of Fairhope RD; Marcy Benning, Meyersdale, Pa.; Mrs. Emma Barnhart, Pittsburgh; Mrs. Mary Fisher, Schellsburg; Mrs. Anna Seifert, Berlin RD; Mrs. Elsie Harris, Wolfsburg, Bedford Co.; Mrs. Ardella Saylor, Mrs. Jennie Saylor and Mrs. Irene Smith, all of Berlin RD. Two brothers, Conrad and William Benning, both of New Baltimore, Somerset county, also survive. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon at Mt. Zion Church, near here, with interment in the church cemetery.
The Cumberland Evening Times, August 10, 1933
wife's maiden name was Ohler]
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted October 22, 2011


John E. Benning, 69, of Fairhope, R.D. l, died unexpectedly in Meyersdale Community Hospital. He was a retired stone mason and a member of St. Luke's Church of Christ. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Mary Amanda Benning; seven children, including Mrs. Janet Gindlesperger and Mrs. Betty Landis of Berlin; Mrs. Imogene Fochtman of Berlin, R. D. 3, Mrs. Carole Duppstadt of Stoyestown, R. D. 2, and Judy and Larry at home; 15 grandchildren; three sisters, including Mrs. Annie Seifert of Berlin and Mrs. Jenny Saylor of Berlin, R. D. 3, and three brothers, William of Fairhope, R. D. l, George of Friedens and Marcy of Glencoe.
The Daily Courier, Connellsville, August 15, 1962
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)



Mrs George Bensenhaver died at her home in South Moorefield Mon morning, after an illness extending over a period of several months, from a complication of diseases.  For many years deceased lived, with her husband, on their farm up the river and her home was ever open to her friends, and no one in want was turned from her door.  Those who enjoyed the privilege of her friendship are better because of her life.  Mrs Bensenhaver was about 72 years of age and is survived by her husband and one daughter, Mrs Chas E Vance, besides a number of other relatives.  Funeral services were held at her late home yesterday morning, conducted by the Rev S O Hall, and burial was made at the Newhouse graveyard.
Moorefield Examiner, March 16, 1922
(Courtesy of Patti McDonald)
Posted July 30, 2010


BENSON, Edward

Edward Benson, aged about 40 years, of Westernport, died last night at the Allegany hospital here from heart trouble. he had been at the Institution since Sept 5. His wife was with him when he died. -Cumb News of 23rd.
Keyser Tribune, October 4, 1912
(Courtesy of Patti McDonald)
Posted July 30, 2010

BENSON, Mrs. Jean Josephine Winters

Jean Josephine "Jo" Benson. 84, Oak Harbor, Wash., died Monday, Dec. 8, 2003, at Whidbey General Hospital, Coupeville. Wash. Born Sept. 15, 1919, in Horse Shoe Run, W.Va., she was a daughter of the late Camden and Ella May Winters. She was also preceded in death by three sisters, Hazel Jackson, Mabel Hathaway, and Eldean Lantz. She was a graduate of Oakland High School. She is survived by her husband, Milo Benson, Oak Harbor; two sons, Joseph Camden Alvey and Allen Douglas Alvey, Waldorf; one sister, Grace Full, Parkersburg, W.Va.; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Friends were received at the Burley Funeral Chapel, Oak Harbor. A graveside service was held at the Maple Leaf Cemetery, and a service followed at the First United Methodist Church, Oak Harbor, on Thursday, Dec. 11, with the Rev. David Lura officiating.
Unidentified Newspaper; about Monday, Dec. 8, 2003
(Courtesy of Mary Myers Teets)
Posted December 12, 2010


John Benson, 45 years old, was the third man to be killed and the fifth to be hit at French's Station within two weeks. He was struck by a fast train and hurled to instant death shortly after 1 o'clock Sunday afternoon. Benson was employed by the Eyre construction Co and was crossing the tracks when the accident happened. It has not been learned where the man's home was. He came to French's with a contractor.
Keyser Tribune, January 10, 1913
(Courtesy of Patti McDonald)
Posted August 12, 2010

Name: Frederick Joseph Bentz, 86, of Harmon Rd., Accident, MD
Parents: John and Anna (Trottner) Bentz
DOB: May 9, 1919, in Swissvale, PA
DOD: Friday, October 15, 2004, at Cherry Hill Assisted Living, Accident, MD
Spouse: Martha (Harman) Bentz, who died May 14, 1983
Military: U.S. Army Veteran of WW II
Predeceased by: parents; wife; brothers, John and Joe Bentz
Survived by: son, David Bentz and wife Patricia, Sykesville, MD; daughter, Janet Hubert, Jeffersonville, NY; brothers, George Bentz, Pittsburgh, PA; Walter Bentz, CA; sisters, Anna McGuire, Pittsburgh; Isabel Millslagle, AZ
Burial: October 18, 2004, St. John's Lutheran Church Cemetery
Source: Newman Funeral Homes, Garrett Co., MD and Somerset Co., PA
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted March 6, 2014

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