THREE OAKS — Myrtle Benke, age 93, of Three Oaks, was called home to her Lord peacefully, Sunday, February 24, 2019, in St Joseph, Michigan, in Spectrum Health – Lakeland.

She was born July 29, 1925 in Galien, Michigan, the oldest of four children. She married Elmer “Sonny” Benke in 1948. He preceded her in death in 2004. 

Myrtle was raised on a farm and was able to drive the team of plow horses from an early age. She began working as a bank teller and retired as president of the Bank of Three Oaks (now 5/3 Bank). Myrtle will be greatly missed by family and friends. She is survived by her son, David Benke of  of Three Oaks; one brother, Robert “Jiggs” Luther of South Bend; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Myrtle was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one brother, George Luther; and one sister, Clara Mae “Boots’ Busick Kaminski.

Family and friends will gather Thursday, February 28, 2019, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. and again from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. in Pobocik Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, 106 Ash Street East, Three Oaks, Michigan 49128. Funeral services will be held Friday, March 1, 2019, at 12 Noon in Trinity Lutheran Church, 5791 Sawyer Road, Sawyer, Michigan, with calling beginning one hour prior to service.

Mrs. Benke will be laid to rest beside her beloved husband, Sonny, in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Three Oaks, Michigan.

The family prefers contributions be made in Myrtle’s memory to Trinity Lutheran Church, Post Office Box 247, 5791 Sawyer Road, Sawyer, Michigan 49125.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Pobocik Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, Three Oaks, Michigan. Please share a memory or a message online: wagnercares.com.

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