Mary Anne Benfer

Mary Anne Benfer, 82, of Republic, passed away Monday, May 13, 2013, at Stein Hospice Care Center, Sandusky.

She was born Nov. 15, 1930, in Fremont, to Edwin P. and Anna E. (Grabel) Slaymaker. She married Robert L. Stokes and they later divorced. She then married Dale E. Benfer June 26, 1966, in Bellevue, and he died July 30, 2010.

Survivors include two sons, Danny (Donna) Benfer of Republic and Robert (Valarie) Benfer of Willard; four daughters, Paula L. Laney of Sandusky, Toni Starling of Ravenna and Dalana K. Benfer and Darla G. (Terry) Domich, both of Tiffin; 25 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; a sister, Sharon St. Clair of Bellevue; and four brothers, Richard Slaymaker of Maryland, Tom Slaymaker of Fremont, Gene Slaymaker of Indianapolis, Ind., and Phil Slaymaker of Florida.

She also was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Robert T. Stokes.

She was a former employee at General Electric, Bellevue, and a realtor for Wingart Griffin Realtors, Tiffin.

Her funeral will be 11 a.m. Friday, May 17, 2013, at Lindsey-Olds Funeral Home, 3085 S. SR 19, Bloomville, with the Rev. Jeff King officiating. Burial will follow at Armstrong Cemetery, Republic.

Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Stein Hospice, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky.

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