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Wathina Ilene Bentz, 87, of Columbia City, died at 6:40 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, at University Park Nursing Center in Fort Wayne, where she had been a resident since 2010.
She was born Nov. 26, 1926, in Whitley County, a daughter of Joseph and Orpha (Anderson) Coy. She spent her formative years in the Wolf Lake area.
On Oct. 24, 1942, she was united in marriage to Verlin Bentz. They made their home in Allen County later moving to the lake areas in Whitley County. Mr. Bentz died Jan. 6, 2013.
She was a waitress at the former 30 Club, Columbia City, for more than 20 years. She then worked for Dana Corporation, Churubusco. She was an avid gardener, raising both flowers and vegetables. She enjoyed playing cards, especially pinochle and having dinners out with her family.
Surviving relatives include a daughter, Linda (Dean) Leas of Fort Wayne; five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; a brother, Ben (Rita) Coy of Florida and a sister, Charlotte McKinney of Noblesville.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Donald Lee Bentz; brothers, Bernard, Cliffton, Ernie, Chuck, LeRoy and Frederick Coy; and sisters, Helen Keller, June Leslie, Iszetta Cearbaugh, Wilma Herald and Armella Blew.
The funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City, with visitation from 1 p.m. until service time at the funeral home. The burial will be in the Adams Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimerâ€™s Association. Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.