August 20, 2019

Bertha L. (Shaffer) Bentley

Died May 18, 2018


Bertha Lavessie (Shaffer) Bentley, 77, of Lapeer, formerly of South Branch, passed away Friday, May 18, 2018.

Bertha was born in Davison on March 30, 1941, daughter of the late James and Amy (Miller) Shaffer. She married Ernest C. Bentley on June 10, 1961, and he preceded her in death July 28, 2011. Bertha loved to watch Detroit Tigers baseball and the Game Show Network. She also enjoyed polka dancing, bowling and feeding the deer, bear and turkeys at their home in South Branch.

Bertha is survived by three children, Derek (Lori) Bentley, Daryl (Lynnette) Bentley and Martha Bentley; seven grandchildren, Keri, Derek, Kelleigh, Dayne, Leah, DarLin and DaviLee; six great-grandchildren, Hunter, Chase, Chet, J.J., Gemma and Dean; nine siblings, Arnold (Cindee) Shaffer, Miles Shaffer, Vernon (Jean) Shaffer, Carmen (William) Kidd, Ronald (Sylvia) Shaffer, Janice Leonard, Myrna (John) Gillette, Linda Roseberry and Beth (Gary) Davis; and many other loving family members and friends.

She was preceded in death by her son, Donald Allen Bentley; and three siblings, Fern Skillman, Carl Shaffer and Richard Shaffer.

A funeral service will be held 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Rd., Davison, MI 48423. Interment will take place 12:45 p.m. Thursday, May 24, in Great Lakes National Cemetery. The family will receive visitors from 3-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, and noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, at Allen Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled Veterans Association, in Bertha’s memory. Please share your thoughts with the family at


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