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Russel Bentheimer


Russel G. Bentheimer, 84, of Watertown, died November 22, 2004, at Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital.


Funeral services were held at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Watertown with the Rev. Stephen Savides officiating. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery.


The Hafemeister Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Russel was born November 7, 1920, in the town of Milford, son of George and Hattie (Haubenschild) Bentheimer. He married the former Lorraine Reinhard on August 10, 1946, at Evangelical Reform Church in Watertown.


Russel attended grade school in Lake Mills and graduated from Lake Mills High School in 1936. He had been employed at the former Wicker Mobil Service Station in Watertown and was a delivery route driver for the former Dairylane, also in Watertown, for many years. He had also been employed at Carnation Instant Division in Oconomowoc until his retirement in 1982.


Russel was a member of First Congregational United Church of Christ. He was a member of the Watertown Lions Club, receiving the Bruce Schlueter award in 1987. He was also a member of the Watertown Elks Lodge, and served on several committees. He was an avid Packer fan and enjoyed playing cards.


Surviving are his wife, Lorraine Bentheimer of Watertown; three daughters, Pam (Tom) Lippert of Seattle, Wash., Pennie Getman of Castorland, N.Y., and Bonnie (Victor) Phelps of Norfolk, Va.; a son, Mark (Peggy) Bentheimer of Lake Mills; a son-in-law, Tom Lewis of Poynette; 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.


He was preceded in death by two daughters, Mary Claire in infancy and Sandra Lewis; a grandson; his parents; and a sister, Charlotte (Pete) Behrens.


Lorraine M. Bentheimer

1926 - 2013


Lorraine M. Bentheimer, age 86, of Watertown, passed away on Friday evening, March 15, 2013, in the comfort her home with her family present. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Watertown with the Rev. John Kennedy officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Watertown.


Relatives and friends may call at the Hafemeister Funeral in Watertown on Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. and at the church on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Rainbow Hospice, Heritage Homes or the American Lung Association. The Hafemeister Funeral Home of Watertown is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.


Lorraine Mae Reinhard was born on June 26, 1926, in Watertown, the daughter of Alfred “Pap” and Elida Christine (Olsen) Reinhard.


While attending Watertown High School she was cheerleader and enjoyed many other clubs and activities. After graduating in 1944, she continued to support the high school band and organized the Gosling Booster Club. Lorraine also attended two years of business college. On Aug. 10, 1946, she married Russel G. Bentheimer at the Evangelical Reformed Church in Watertown. He preceded her in death on Nov. 22, 2004.


Lorraine had been employed as an accountant and bookkeeper for a number of various businesses in Watertown and the surrounding area. She was a member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Watertown and had served on various boards and committees. Lorraine had been a Girl Scout leader and summer parks and recreation department. She was an avid Green Bay Packer and Wisconsin Badger football fan. Lorraine enjoyed reading, knitting, sewing, and she was member of numerous card clubs and charitable organizations.


Lorraine is survived by four children; Pam (Tom) Lippert of Seattle, Wash., Pennie Getman of New York, Bonnie (Victor) Phelps of Norfolk, Va., and Mark (Peggy) Bentheimer of Lake Mills; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


Lorraine was the last member of her immediate family, being further preceded in death by her parents; two daughters, Mary Claire in infancy and Sandra Lewis; a grandson; two brothers and three sisters.


Hafemeister Funeral Home 611 E. Main St. Watertown





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