Bessie Bendt, 92, Pipestone, died Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 at Pipestone County Hospice House.
Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, Feb. 10 at St. Leo Catholic Church, Pipestone, with Msgr. Gerald Kosse officiating.
Honorary casket bearers were her granddaughters, Carrie Quist, Jennifer McKee, Julie McLaughlin, Danielle Honermann-Frazeur, Deb Hollaren, Aryn Hollaren, Denise Hollaren and Terry Lopez.
Casket bearers were her grandsons, John Honermann, Kelly Schaap, Jade Honermann, Zeke Hollaren, Wade Hollaren and Phillip McKee.
Interment was in St. Leo Catholic Cemetery.
Bessie Adelia Bendt was born on Feb. 11, 1921 to Earl and Alma (Quam) Walker in Kenneth. She grew up and attended school in Luverne through the eighth grade. She later completed her high school education, earning her GED in 1979.
On May 18, 1942 she married Fabian Hollaren in Luverne. Following their marriage they lived in Rock Rapids, Iowa and Luverne for several years.
On June 6, 1965 she married Charles “Ole” Bendt in Sioux Falls, S.D. The two settled in Pipestone where they stayed the remainder of their lives. In 2008, Bessie moved to Falls Landing in Pipestone where she lived for six years. In late January of this year, Bessie entered the Pipestone County Hospice House.
She is survived by her children, Marilyn (Danny) Honermann, Adrian, James Hollaren, Dell Rapids, S.D., Douglas (Becky) Hollaren, Garretson, S.D., Dawn (Reed) McKee, Huron, S.D. and Diane (Chuck) Schaap, Pipestone; her daughter-in-law, Mary McGuire, Dell Rapids, S.D.; two sisters, Addie Wiese, Adrian and Grace Wolf, Blair, Neb.; her sister-in-law, Mary Bendt, Luverne; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Fabian Hollaren and Charles “Ole” Bendt; her son, Michael Hollaren; her great-granddaughter, Montana Honermann; three brothers, Warren, Billy and Myron and two sisters, Alice and May.