Obituary of Frederick M. Bent from Marcellus News
Submitted by Maxine Loraine Reiling Parish daughter of Sophia Ellen (Bent) & John Jacob Reiling & niece of Roxanna Arvilla (Bent) Adams:

OBITUARY

FREDERICK M. BENT

Mr. Frederick M. Bent was born in Mecklenburg, Germany July 10th, 1846, and departed this life Sept. 14th 1916, at his home in Marcellus township, aged 70 years, 2 months, and 4 days.

He came to Centerville, St. Joseph County, with his parents when eight years of age, later coming with them to a farm in Flowerfield township, where he lived until he united in marriage with Miss Ellen M. Wood, of Fabius township, Oct. 23rd, 1872. To this union were born seven children: four sons and three daughters, six of whom with the wife, one sister, Mr.s Geo. W. Cross, of Three Rivers, and eighteen grandchildren are left to mourn their loss.

Mr. Bent’s was a very busy life. He received his early education in the common schools of this country, later going to the Three Rivers high school, and also to the college at Adrian, Mich. For a number of years he taught school in Cass and St. Joseph counties, throughout both of which he was largely acquainted. Years ago he united with the Methodist Protestant Church, in which he had many offices of trust.

His was an honest, liberal nature, frequently helping others at a loss to himself. After his marriage he settled on a farm in the southeastern part of Marcellus township where he always lived, except for about four years, during which he was a resident of Marcellus. He passed peacefully away Thursday morning, surrounded by all the members of his immediate family except one daughter, Mrs. Margaret Pagels, of Hamlin, N.Y., who could not arrive until a few hours later.

The funeral was held at the Evangelical church, Saturday at 2 p.m., Rev. Grant L. Jordan officiating.


NOTE: Frederick M. Bent & Ellen Marie Wood (b. 23 Feb 1851, d. 9 May 1917) had the following children:

1. George

2. Roxanna Arvilla

3. John Donald

4. James A.

5. Margaret

6. Sophia Ellen

7. Infant


Obituary of Ellen (Wood) Bent probably from Marcellus News
Submitted by Maxine Loraine Reiling Parish daughter of Sophia Ellen (Bent) John Jacob Reiling & niece of Roxanna Arvilla (Bent) Adams:

OBITUARY

MRS. ELLEN BENT

Ellen M. Wood was born in Florence Township, St. Joe County, Michigan, February 23rd, 1851, and died at her home in Marcellus Township, Michigan, May 9, 1917, aged 66 years, 2 months and 18 days.

Sister Bent, when about seven years old, with her parents moved to Flowerfield Township, and two years later moved to Fabius Township, Michigan.

She was united in marriage to Fredrick M. Bent, October 23rd, 1872. To this union were born seven children, four sons and three daughters. Her husband and one of the children preceded her to the Spirit land.

She with her husband had been for a number of years active members of the M. P. church at what is called the Knobs class. After the disbanding of the class at the Knobs, their names were placed on the church record of the Wakelee Society.

Sister Bent had been in poor health for several years, but for the last three months was a great sufferer but was very patient and bore her sufferings with Christian fortitude.

In her departure she leaves to mourn six children, eighteen grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Wm. Wetherbee, of Three Rivers, Michigan; with other relatives and friends.

The funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock, from the Evangelical church, by the pastor, and the remains were laid to rest in the Bly cemetery.