Minnie Bentzin, 74

Published 6:25 pm Saturday, September 15, 2012

Minnie Bentzin

Minnie Kate Bentzin, 74, of Austin, Minn., died Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, at the home of her daughter.

Minnie was born May 27, 1938, in Sargeant, Minn., to Micheal and Kate (Wiebrand) Rieken. She was the youngest of 13 children. After attending school in Elkton, Minn., through the eighth-grade, she stopped her schooling to help take care of the family. Minnie met Frank Bentzin in the spring of 1957 where he was playing in a band in Taopi, Minn. On May 9, 1958, she and Frank married in Mason City, Iowa. They had 47 years together before Frank passed away in 2003.

Minnie worked as a home health aide and a housekeeper off and on until 1980. She then stayed home and took care of her family. Minnie loved music, especially old-time country. She enjoyed watching her sons race, and playing cards with her daughters and sons-in-law. Minnie was able to spend a lot of time with her grandchildren.

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Survivors include her children: Michele (Virgil) Legried of Oakland, Minn., Roger Bentzin (Shelley Jones), Craig Bentzin (Natalie Myer) and Kelly Bentzin (Robert Tyson), all of Austin; seven grandchildren: Cody, Chelsey, Shayla, Jr., Jenna, Jadon and Shelissa; brothers Richard Rieken of St. Paul, Minn., Mitchel (Audrey) Rieken of Minneapolis, and Melvin Rieken of Grand Meadow, Minn.; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Micheal and Kate; her husband, Frank; three sisters; and six brothers.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, at the Crane Chapel in Austin with Pastor Dale Christiansen officiating. Visitation will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday at the Worlein Funeral Home in Austin, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.

Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Memorials can be directed to the family of Minnie Bentzin. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at worlein.com.