Ida I. Behnke, 86



Ida I. Behnke (nee Bates), age 86, of Hartford, passed away Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012 at the Hartford Care Center.        


She was born Dec. 28, 1925 to Roswell and Mabel (nee Mather) Bates in New Canaan, Conn. Ida was united in marriage to Charles Behnke; he preceded her in death in 1988.


She  enjoyed knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, and working crossword puzzles. Ida was a member of Peace Lutheran Church and belonged to the Ladies Aide.


Ida is survived by her children, Arline (Harold) Neu of Neosho, Brian (Patti) Behnke, and Ed (Debbie) Behnke, all of Hartford; grandchildren, Kevin (Lahnie), Bruce (Marsha), Keith (Erica), John, Janel, Jordan, Benjamin (special friend Rachel), Adam (fiancÚ Molly), Katiee (special friend Nathaniel); step grandchildren, Dustin (Stacie), Ka Cee (Brandon); great grandchildren, Lahn, Autumn, Isabelle, Tristen, Asher, Malia, Cameron, Gabriel, and Ava; brother, Robert (Joan) Bates of Connecticut; sister-in-law, Sue (Fred) Blankenburg of Hartford. She is further survived by her nephew, Will Blankenburg, other nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.


Ida is preceded in death by her husband, Charles, brother, Fred, sister, Arline, and daughter-in-law, Debra Behnke.


Funeral Services for Ida will be held on Monday, Sept. 10, 2012 at 6 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, 1001 Center St., Hartford. Family will greet relatives and friends on Monday at church from 4-6 p.m.


Interment at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Hartford.


Memorials to Peace Lutheran Church are appreciated.


Shimon Funeral home is assisting the family; (262) 673-9500;