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Bernard ‘Ben’ Plantenberg, 88


Bernard “Ben” Plantenberg of Eden Valley died Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, at Koronis Manor in Paynesville. He was 88.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 9, at Assumption Catholic Church in Eden Valley with Rev. Jerome Naduvathaniyil, OSB and Rev. Kenny Thielman officiating, and burial will be at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Eden Valley. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Sunday Dec. 8, at Assumption Catholic Church, and one hour prior to the services Monday, also at the church. Eden Valley American Legion Post #381, and the Hutchinson 40 & 8 will pray at 7 p.m., followed by parish prayers at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the


Bernard “Ben” J. Plantenberg was born Oct. 26, 1925, in Richmond to John and Theresa (Klein) Plantenberg. He served his country in the U.S. Navy. Ben married Leonella “Noney” Thielman May 11, 1948, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring. They lived in Richmond, Cold Spring, Rockville, and in Eden Valley since 1966. Ben was the co-owner with his son John and his wife Carol of Plantenberg’s Market in Eden Valley, retiring in 2002. He was a member of Assumption Catholic Church where he was a lector, Eucharistic minister, member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Aid and Catholic Order of Foresters. Ben was also a member of Eden Valley American Legion Post #381, Hutchinson 40 & 8, and member and past president of the Eden Valley Chamber of Commerce. He enjoyed crossword puzzles, family gatherings, playing St. Nicholas, woodworking, and the Minnesota Twins and Vikings. Ben had a great sense of humor and always had a joke or a story to tell. He had a strong faith and was a gentle, unique, loving, clever, humble and giving person.

Ben was preceded in death by his parents; and all his brothers and sisters.

He is survived by his wife Noney of Eden Valley; sons and daughters John (and Carol) of Paynesville, Sharon (and Mike) Teicher of Eden Valley, Colleen (and Tom) Weiss of Nevis, Kay (and Jim) Tintes of Watkins, and Ken (and Debbie) of Paynesville; 21 grandchildren; and 48 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Eden Valley.