Madeline Bentley

Madeline R. Bentley

Tuesday, August 10th, 1937 - Wednesday, March 24th, 2021
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Madeline R. Bentley, 83, of St. Joseph, passed away Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at Beacon Hill in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Arrangements are entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Chapel, St. Joseph. Memorial donations in Madeline’s name may be made to the St. Joseph-Lincoln Senior Center. Those wishing to sign Madeline’s Memory Book online may do so at

Madeline was born August 10, 1937 in Rochester, New York to Orville & Ethel (Murray) Swift. She graduated from Brockport High School, class of 1955 and later Rochester Business Institute. On April 12, 1958 she married John E. Bentley in Brockport, New York.

Madeline was employed for many years in managerial positions in New York, Pennsylvania, and Minnesota; including the first woman credit manager with Goodyear Corporation. After moving to St. Joseph, she and John owned & operated Land of Dreams Waterbeds in Benton Harbor. Madeline was an active member of the St. Joseph-Lincoln Senior Center, including 13 years on the board of directors and 8 years as president of the board. In her free time, she enjoyed playing bridge, knitting, and computer games. Madeline was of the highest integrity in whatever she did; and most of all, a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother.

Madeline is survived by her two sons-John R. (Noemi) Bentley of Grand Rapids, Jim (Renee) Bentley of St. Joseph; two grandchildren-Barbara (Peter) Hamlington & Ian (Amanda) Bentley; his great-granddaughter Ada Hamlington; her sister-in-law Edie Bentley of Windham, New York; and several nieces & nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband John in 2019, her parents, her sisters Sandy and Mary, and brothers Orville, Billy, and Elmer.
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Martin Barber

Posted at 08:40am
Aunt Madeline, I will miss you and our long conversation, your mentoring, guidance, and words of encouragement. You were a blessing and an influence on the values I hold today. You and uncle John are gone now but that emptiness is filled with positive happy memories.

Love you both

Josephine Smith

Posted at 11:27pm
God bless you Madeline. I will always love you and miss you. It was such a pleasure knowing you.

Julie Ruple

Posted at 12:45pm
I had the privilege of getting to know Madeline over the past few years ...she became a very good friend and neighbor. She was such a kind soul ...I will forever miss you! Tell John I said Hi......Hugs and Kisses!! Bless you Sweet Madeline! Your friend always .....Julie

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