She was born in Putnam County, Ohio, on Aug. 22, 1918, to the late Henry J. and Odelia C. Miller Bensman. A brother, Hebert Bensman, and a sister, Hildegard R. Bensman, also preceded her in death.
Surviving are a son, Carl R. (Patricia “Lynn”) Deaubler of Minford, Ohio; three daughters, Carol M. (Mark) Elliott of West Mansfield, Jo Ann Richards of Zanesfield, Ohio, and Janet R. Houser of Casa Grande, Ariz.; three sisters, Geraldine H. Houck of Holgate, Ohio, Agnes M. Shadle of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Bernadine M. Houck of Continental, Ohio; a sister-in-law, Bernadette Bensman of Bellefontaine; six grandchildren, Donna, Penny, Stephanie, William, Natalie, and Mathew; and six great-grandchildren, Ashley, Malia, Arionna, Clint, Alissa, and Kaylyn.
A member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Bellefontaine, Gertrude once worked as a waitress at Mount Victory restaurant, managed a restaurant in East Liberty and had worked at Harding Machine.
Visitation is scheduled for Friday, April 23, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Eichholtz Funeral Home, 321 North Main St., Bellefontaine. A celebration of life will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 24, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Bellefontaine, with Father Patrick Sheridan officiating. Burial will be in the Hathaway Cemetery in West Mansfield.
Memorial contributions may be made St. Vincent dePaul Society, c/o St. Patrick Catholic Church, 328 E. Patterson Ave., Bellefontaine, OH 43311, or to St. Patrick Catholic Church.
Condolences to the family may be expressed at: www.eichholtzfuneralhome.com.