AUBURN — Nora A. Bennink, 95, of 9 Quill Ave., Auburn, wife of John Henry Bennink Sr., who predeceased her in 1991, passed peacefully on Nov. 13, 2017 at Auburn Community Hospital with her loving son Robert by her side.
She was born in Syracuse, on Oct. 18, 1922 and she was the daughter of Frederick and Emma (Keenan) Gardner. Her legacy is being a loving wife, mother and grandmother, who thrived by having her family surround her. She enjoyed motivating, encouraging and inspiring all of her family. She was also known for her holiday feasts and family get-togethers for all occasions and especially spontaneous summer pool parties.
Surviving are her five sons, Francis Bruce Bennink, of Long Beach, Calif., James (Elizabeth) Bennink, of Auburn, Robert Bennink, of Auburn, Mark (Selvina) Bennink, of Phoenix, Ariz., and Philip (Peggy) Bennink, of Elbridge; three daughters, Bonita (Thomas) Massett, of Baldwinsville, Nora (Nonie) Bennink, of Jordan, and Linda (David) Hetherington, of Auburn; her beloved sons-in-law, David S. Tanner and Donald W. Campbell; 27 grandchildren; 79 great-grandchildren; 33 great-great-grandchildren; 16 great-great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents; brothers, Michael, Jack, and William Gardner; sisters, Frances Brezee, Ruth Halsey, Janet Dexter, and Peggy Keenan; her husband, John Henry Bennink Sr.; her son, John Henry Bennink Jr.; grandchildren, Joan Massett Longo, Lynda K. Bennink, and Richard John Tanner, and beloved daughter-in-law, Edith Bennink.
Friends are invited to join the family for a Mass of Christian burial to be offered at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, in St. Mary’s Church. Burial will be in Soule Cemetery. Calling hours for Nora will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the Cheche Funeral Home Inc., 1778 Clark St. Road, Auburn.
To offer condolences for the family, please visit www.chechefuneralhome.com.
AUBURN — Doris Near Bierer, 102, of Auburn, passed away on Nov. 13, 2017. She was born in Auburn, daughter of the late Wilson J. Near and Ruth Johnson Near.
Doris resided most of her life in Auburn. She was a graduate of The Knox School and Maryland College For Women.
Doris was member of Westminster Presbyterian Church for more than 85 years where she was a deaconess and Sunday school teacher. She was also a member of the DAR, the Mayflower Society and the Owasco Country Club.
Doris is survived by her nephew, Lt. Col. James B. Near Jr., USAF Ret.; nieces, Jean N. Rouse (Charles), Susan (Suki) Near, and Susan N. Bird (Wesley); great-nephew, James B. Near III; great-nieces, Susan Near Oltman, Hillary Near, Katie Rouse Sigler (Chad), and Elizabeth Bird Santos (Matthew); great-great-nephew, Wilson James Santos; and sister-in-law, Margery A. Near.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, John C. Bierer, and brothers, Wilson J. Near Jr. and James B. Near.
The family wishes to acknowledge the many caregivers who provided compassionate care and companionship to Doris during her final years.
Funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family.
Contributions in Doris’s memory may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 17 William St., Auburn, NY 13021; YMCA-WEIU, 27 William St., Auburn, NY 13021, or the Faatz-Crofut Home, 46 Grant Ave., Auburn, NY 13021.
The Brew Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
VAN ETTEN, N.Y. — Francis "Frank" Henry Allen, 72, of Van Etten, and formerly of Lansing, N.Y., entered the gates of heaven after passing suddenly at home on Nov. 10, 2017.
Frank leaves behind his loving wife and soul mate, Penny L. Flora, of Van Etten; sister, Helen (Pete) Kryszczuk, of Lansing; Barb (Terry) Brown, of Genoa; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Pamela (David) Golden, of Van Etten; brother-in-law, Allen Flora, of Las Vegas, Nev.; several nieces and nephews, and beloved feline, Sheba Marie.
He was predeceased by his brother, James Ronald Allen, and brother-in-law, Douglas S. Flora.
Frank was currently employed by SV Auto Parts (NAPA) in Ithaca, N.Y. Frank as an Airman First Class was proud to be a veteran having served from 1965 to 1971 in the communications squadron. Frank was a member of Community Fire Rescue Department 24 in Van Etten. He was a fun-loving guy with a sense of humor. He would give you the shirt off his back. He loved people, good food, and especially fishing.
Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017 at Allen-Manzer Funeral Home in Spencer, N.Y. Friends may call from noon to 2 p.m. Interment is in Mount Hope Cemetery, Van Etten, N.Y.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Frank’s name may be directed to VFW Post #8139, 3936 Wyncoop Creek Road, Van Etten, NY 14889 or CFR Department 24, 321 State Route 224, Van Etten, NY 14889.