MARY L. BENNETT

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August 9,1912 - June 23, 2010

Mary Lou Platner Bennett, age 97, of Erie, passed away Wednesday, June 23, 2010, at Presque Isle Rehab and Nursing Center. 
She was born in Emporium, Pa., August 9, 1912, daughter of the late Frank and Mary Stombol Platner. 
Mary had been employed at Weil-McLean Company for 14 years, until her retirement. She enjoyed crocheting and especially spending time with her grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband, Ira L. Bennett; three sons, Neil
, Clifton and Larry Bennett; a daughter, Joyce Barnett; a grandson Christopher Kaus, a sister Clara Gribble; and a brother, Anthony Platner, a daughter-in-law JoAnn Bennett,  a son-in-law Charles Kaus, a granddaughter Cathy Snyder and a great-grandson Bruce Kaus

 Mary is survived by one daughter, Clara Kaus of Waterford; three sons, Ira Bennett of Harborcreek, John and Steven Bennett of Erie; many grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great-great grandchildren; great-great-great- grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
 
Funeral was handled by Dusckas Funeral Home, Inc., She is laid to rest in Girard Cemetery.

Mary on her birthday at the nursing home

Happy times at a graduation party

Family visits

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Mary's prayer card

IN LOVING MEMORY OF

MARY LOU BENNETT

AUGUST 9, 1912
JUNE 23, 2010

Your gentle face and patient smile
With sadness we recall.
You had a kindly word for each
And died beloved by all.

The voice is mute and stilled the heart
That loved us well and true.
Ah, bitter was the trial to part
From one so good as you

You are not forgotten loved one
Nor will you ever be
As long as life and memory last
We will remember thee.

We miss you now, our hearts are sore.
As time goes by, we miss you more.
Your loving smile, your gentle face
No one can take your vacant place.

Dusckas Funeral Home Inc.

Memories

 
In Rememberance of our loved ones that Mary Joined. Loved to her familiy. Margaret, Lei Ann & Children, Albert Collins, Mary Harrison Mary was more than a neighbor and friend to me. She treated my children and myself like family.
I lived next door to Mary my whole life. My youngest daughter is named after her and was born on Mary's 81st birthday. She used to joke about getting old, she said that the body knows it but the mind refuses. At 60 I understand what she meant. Mary will be missed by everyone but I know in my heart that we will see her again. She is with my parents and her family and remembers us and no longer in pain.
Margaret Harrison

 

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Saw this on facebook  Carla posted it.

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Aug. 9, 2016

  Your family remembers you with love.

I have typed and erased thought after thought. My poet's heart is still broken, but the memories and joy linger forever.... forever.
My hero, my Gram...
Angel


I just want to say happy birthday to the dearest person in my life......happy birthday dear grandma GG I miss you with all my heart...even though I know your one of Gods Golden Angels I'll miss you forever......
Brenda Boyd

 
 

Today I wish you a very happy birthday in heaven Gram. I am thankful that I had a grandmother like you. I love remembering all the times we spent together. In the summer staying with her for a week was one of the best times of my life! and when I was old enough to drive I still went up and would spend the weekend with her. she loved garage sales and speculating all along the way. one of the best things was taking her for a ride around the peninsula. she loved to go. at her house we always played cards or Chinese checkers. and in the evenings I remember the billowing curtains on hot summer nights, the sounds of trains in the background, and her softly saying her prayers after she tucked me in bed. one could not have asked for a better grandmother and she touched many lives. my only wish is that I could be half the woman that she was. I love you gram
Ann Marie

 

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August 9, 2015

Happy Birthday Mary

Angela put these photos on face book. I thought they would go nice here.

Mary as a young lady Mary in Santa Barbara California Mary at Painted Rock Mary and her red flowers

Mary would always stand on the porch and wave goodbye until she couldn't see you anymore

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Saw this on Face Book from son John

 

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December 2014
 

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From Face Book


Denise Bennett Golab
 Love you grandma Bennett- miss u much- wish u could see Breanna growing up

- but I know u can see her from where you are!!

August 9th 2014
from all your friends and family here on Earth

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June 23, 2014

Another year. Thinking of you today and missing you.

Margaret

 

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May 11, 2014
Ira, John and Steve

 

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Feb. 14, 2014

 
 

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1/24/14 Found  this photo on facebook.  Mary and her grandchildren and great grandchildren
  Angela posted this picture on Face Book. That's my parent's house in the background. Easter but not sure of the year. 
 
 

 

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Found this picture on facebook.  Its Mary's son John and some of Mary's great-grandchildren.

 

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Hey Mary, wishing you a

from your family

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August 9, 2013
Born 101 years ago, Mary is still very much a part of our lives. I know her sons think of her daily, as all of her family.

Say Hi to everyone that is there with you.
Love
Margaret

 

 

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June 29, 2013
John posted these on facebook. 

Looks like Joanne, Neil, John, Ira and Allen in the back.
John said he just got out of the Air Force.  Happy Times.

 

Looks like Joyce, John, Ira, Steve or Larry? and Tony.
And the corner maybe Allen Jr.

 

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June 23, 2013

It's been Three years since you left us. I sit in my front room and look out my window at your house across the street. I remember years gone by and you sitting on your porch and my mom walking through your driveway with a cup of coffee in her hand.  Today you and her just might be sharing the same memories sitting on heaven's porch having tea and coffee. Miss you Mary

Margaret

 

From facebook

I miss her so much.
John

I love u grandma!! in heaven with my dad Larry Bennett!!
xoxoxo not a day goes by that I don't think of them
Heather Bennett

From Carla

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May 12,2013

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December 25, 2012

I was just thinking... They say you can never go home again, and just this minute,
I wish I could sit with my Gram and watch her dunk her pumpernickel toast into her green tea, and hear her laugh.
I wrote this for her in my scrapbook years ago...


"She shaped me and wrougth me
Many things she taught me
Lessons of silver and of gold
Stories of youth and of growing old...
Sweet songs she would sing to me
Great love she would bring to me
Hair of silver and heart of gold
Here in my heart she will never grow old"

Miss you Gram...more than any words can ever say

Angela Lloyd

 

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Wishing you a

from all of us.

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8/9/12
Happy birthday grandma Bennett ♥ we miss u dearly and not a day goes by that I don't think about u and my dad ♥♥♥
Heather Bennett
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God Rest Her Soul...Such a wonderful lady.
Cheryl Bebko Moore

I miss her very much! I was so blessed to have her for my Great Grandmother. Love you Little Grandma!
Shelia Herbstritt

 

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August 8, 2012
Wishing you a Happy Birthday Mary. I know tomorrow is your birthday, but we visited you today. Left  this wire flower decoration. Took this picture.

 

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June 28 th
Mary and I went to the cemetery. We brought some blue flowers and a solar light. I noticed that the date has not been etched on Mary's stone.
I understand that it is hard without her, but you only have so long to have the funeral home put the date in, then they forget.

If you want to visit  Look for the entrance to the cemetery, then turn left  Go all the way to the last row, turn right
When you are passed the open area on the right look for a large tree on the left. Mary, Ira and Christopher are there.
 
 

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June 23rd

On the Anniversary of your passing.  You are missed today as everyday. Hoping that you are looking down on us and smiling. Keep than door open for us when its our time.

 

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May 13, 2012


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May 5, 2012
Hey Mary,

Today your son Steve got a cell phone. He called me and asked me if I would program it for him.  I put my number and Ira's number in there.
Not that he doesn't have a home phone, but SafeNet  sent letters out to people living alone and those who can't afford a cellphone and so he replied to the letter and they sent him one.  He gets 250 minutes a month. He said he probably won't even use that many, but its good he has it. 
He's alone but doing ok.  Ira does come by and they do go to the store and breakfast once in a while.  He still hangs the twirly birds on the porch and takes them down each night.

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Hi Mary, Steve gave me your Christmas tree and some bulbs. You know guys, they aren't for decorating when there's no females around. I asked him was he sure. He said he wouldn't put it up. I said thanks, and Mary and I put it up and decorated it yesterday. It looks so beautiful.

And today it snowed. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

Merry Christmas Mary.

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Found these pictures on Facebook. A past birthday that was full of family and friends. Miss You Mary

Click on photo to enlarge

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August 9, 2011
Stopping by to wish Mary a Happy Birthday, she's 99 today.  Celebrating with my parents and her family in Heaven, and here on Earth. We wish her happiness.
Margaret

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June 23, 2011 
A year has passed already, how the time does go. The sun still rises and sets, and the moon does glow.
Mary is here with us in spirit as I have been told, One day we will see her again and her hands you may hold.
Margaret

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April 24, 2011

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December 2010
Wishing  a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.  Please remember our loved ones during this holiday season.

 

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john and jeff

Jeff and Teresa

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John and Ryelle

John and Mary

 

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November 22, 2010 Found these in my mom's photo albums.  Shows happy times.

On a trip out west, stopped at White Sands New Mexico  Visiting Tony and Marg in Santa Barbara California.

Kate Bates and Mary up near Apache Jct, Arizona

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August 9, 2010 
Today is my daughter Mary's 17th birthday. And Mary Bennett's 98th. My Mary didn't want a cake or fuss. We went out to dinner and I took her shopping. It's so different in our neighborhood with my mom gone and Mary gone. We think of them and show our love in so many ways. But still we feel the loss of the most important person in our life. Our mothers. My heart goes out to Mary's family on this day.

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7/23/2010
Found this photo online. One month has passed and Mary is at peace. Not sure who took the picture but it needed to be included here where her family could see it.

I miss you Mary. Say hi to my mom for me.

Margaret

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We sat together in the back yard listening to the soothing sounds of the train as it faded off into the distance.  I watched her face relax as she leaned back into the chair and closed her eyes.  A surge of gratefulness welled up within me.  There was something wonderful in the air.  The sun kissed the horizon, lighting the sky with a rose and lavender blush.

A cool breeze chased away the last hot, humid air of another summer day and made gentle music in the lilac bushes nearby.   The tree frogs joined the serenade as dusk was swept away by the dark of the evening.  The streetlights shone in the distance, but their glare did not reach our resting place in the freshly mown grass, nor did it dim the stars as they began to twinkle softly above.  The sounds of the city reached out all around us, but only muffled remnants of the traffic made their way to our back yard haven.

I knew she took as much contentment from these simple pleasures as I did, and we sat sharing the silence, the stars, the restful touch of the summer wind.  We had not spoken a single word.  Finally, she shifted in her seat.  As she leaned toward me, she spoke very softly, almost as if in a dream.

“You know one day I won’t be here to sit with you like this.”  I opened my mouth and began to protest, but she looked at me in earnest and something about the way her eyes shone in the dark quieted me. Something about the expression on her face touched me so deeply, I can see it still.

“Someday I won’t be here, but you’ll never be alone.  When you look up at the sky full of beautiful stars, just remember, I will be up there looking back at you.”

Warm Regards,
Angela Lloyd

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The dark rough waters rushed through me, threatening to sweep away my very breath.  But eventually the tears subsided. 
 I found a warm, solid pulse remained in me…

the part of her that she gave to me…those thoughts of life and death, tears and laughter, song and silence, 
which formed the very best part of who I am.

As much of herself as she gave away, there was more to her than ever just one heart could know.  She was strong when this one needed strength, soft when another longed for comfort.  She laughed when that one needed cheering, and danced when we all needed a party.  She made everyone – each and every one – feel special.  Each loving relationship was unique, and we all felt uniquely loved.  She held each one of us so dear that we literally felt held, sealed to her heart with a bond that we knew to be all our own. 

What a remarkable gift.

Young folks came back as adults to tell her of their lives, to tell her they never forgot her loving kindness.  Sons and daughters came back to her as parents and reminisced about time spent in her back yard or on her front porch, reminisced about the time when they felt accepted and included.   They came back because they felt they belonged – for once and for all time – to her family circle.  She never turned away a weary soul, no matter whether they were weary from long travel, deep hardship, or profound sorrow.

The acceptance was more than being allowed in… it was being welcomed, being drawn, being gathered in.  We were made to feel special.  Really, in all the world, what more do we seek beyond that?  Why do we chase after money, position, power and fame?  We want to feel special, to feel we matter, to feel we count for something.  Who among us does not feel a singular bond with her? 
Who among us does not feel we knew her in a way no one else could know?

She had a way of finding and giving a piece of herself to us all.  Such a gift cannot be washed away by any flood of space or time or grief.  Books full of songs and poems and stories I could write and never tell the whole of her:

Mary L. Bennett

August 9, 1912-June 23, 2010

 

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6/25/2010

To all the Bennett family - I am so sorry for your loss..... Mary was a very special lady and will be missed by all who knew her. 
I grew up across the street from Mary and family. She always treated us Case kids as part her own family. I have many fond memories of both her and the family..

Patrick Case and family
Statham, Ga

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June 25, 2010
To my best friends, Clara and Connie and to all the Bennett family - I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother was a very special lady and will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Now she is watching over you from above and waiting for you to join her someday. You have my deepest sympathy. I am remembering you and her in my thoughts and prayers. God bless all of you.
Mary Hodges,

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6/25/2010
Will always remember you grandma B.♥ miss you already....now you're with my dad! 2 more angels that are watching over us ♥ 
Heather Bennett

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6/24/2010 
Growing  up across the street from Mary it was easy to see how much she loved her family. 
She always treated me as if I was part of that family. My sympathy goes out to all of her family. 
May she rest peacefully in God's kingdom.

Tammy Johnson, 
Erie, Pennsylvania

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June 24, 2010
Miss Mary was a valued treasure at our facility; we will miss her greatly.
Our hearts go out to her family.
Karen Hoyt,
 Erie

 

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6/24/2010
IN YOUR TIME OF GRIEF YOU ARE TRULY IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. I GREW UP ACROSS THE STREET FROM MARY AND FAMILY, HAVING LOST MY OWN MOTHER AT AN EARLY AGE I LOVED GOING OVER TO THEIR HOUSE.  I ESPECIALLY HAVE FOND MEMORIES OF MARY MAKING HER HOT CHOCOLATE FROM SCRATCH.. IT WAS SOOOOO GOOD AND WHEN IRA WAS ALIVE (LOL) I REMEMBER THEM HAVING THE ONLY TELEVISION IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD , HIM ALLOWING US TO ALL COME OVER SIT ON THE LIVING ROOM FLOOR AND WATCH WRESTLING...THAT IS UNTIL HE STARTED EATING HIS LIMBURGER CHEESE (LOL) THE SMELL CHASED YOU AWAY.  BUT I WOULDN'T CHANGE THE MEMORY FOR ANYTHING.. THEIR FAMILY LEFT MANY GREAT MEMORIES FOR ME.
LOVE TO YOU ALL
SHIRLEY (CASE) WALMER

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June 24, 2010
I will miss Mary so very much she was a joy to know and although my time with her was short I will never forget her smile, laugh and her love of marshmallow peeps. Presque Isle will not be the same without Mary that's for sure.
With Deep Sadness,
Meghan Baker,

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June 24, 2010
John & family - thinking of you all. 
Take comfort in your memories of her & know that love never dies. 
~ Missy Smith
Erie, Pennsylvania 

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6/24/2010
To All the Bennett Family, Our thoughts and prayers /deepest sympathies with the lost of your loved one. 
Diane & Family Chambers

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June 23, 2010
Mary was a great woman. she treated me so well when i was younger. she was like a grandmother to me. she will be greatly missed.
Lei Ann Harrison

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