Fern Bennett

Obituary of Fern Bennett

Fern Adelaide Laytart was born on August 31, 1929, in Toledo Ohio. She was one of four children born from the union of Arthur and Laura (Strub) Laytart. Fern married the love of her life, Willard Frank Bennett, on May 16, 1953. Together the couple enjoyed fifty-five years of marriage and were blessed with the birth of four children.

Fern loved being a homemaker and taking care of her children. she took great pride in making home cooked meals for her family to enjoy. In fact, Fern, enjoyed offering cakes, cookies, and candy to whoever entered her home.

Fern appreciated what the great outdoors had to offer, and she had many hobbies with which to take in the fresh air. Not to be deterred by challenge you would often see her fileting fresh perch that she and her family reeled in from Lake Erie. As an adept gardener, she appreciated all species of flowers, but especially enjoyed planting snap dragons and asters in her garden. On occasion, she would offer fresh cut bouquets of flowers for the public to purchase with whatever donation they felt appropriate. Fern also looked forward to the Hummingbirds, Yellow Finches, and Baltimore Orioles visiting the birdfeeders she religiously set out and refilled. Later in life, she cherished visits from her grandchildren, and they knew that they would leave with a sweet treat of Smarties. 

Fern took great pride in her appearance, always choosing to look her best. She often donned sparking jewelry always adding to her collection. Most recently, Fern, had made her home at Lotus Manor. She invested time to introduce herself to her new living community by baking cakes and sweets for her neighbors to enjoy.

Fern Adelaide Bennett, age 92, passed away peacefully on Friday in the presence of her daughters. May 27, 2022, at ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital. Her passing was preceded by her parents: Arthur and Laura Laytart; her husband: Willard Frank Bennett; three siblings: Donna Bodeman, Arthur Laytart, and Don Laytart; a daughter: Lisa Bennett; and one grandson: Derrick Willis.

To cherish her memory, she leaves behind one son: Willard Frank (Sooner) Bennett and twodaughters Sherry (David) Fitzwater and Wendy (Terry) Owen; nine grandchildren: Aleah Fitzwater, Darryl Willis, Deanne Willis, Devon Willis, Daniel Willis, Christopher Bunker, Jessica Bennett, Brittany Owen, and Melanie Owen; and Nineteen great grandchildren: DJ, Zavier, Liberty, Neveah, Sabrina, Grayson, Iliana, Jaydin, Adalynn, Haydn, Brianna, Mason, Makena, Aubrey, Leevi, Wyatt, Lilyanna, Matthew, Nora.

Friends may gather on Saturday; June 4, 2022, from 1:00pm until 3:00pm at Merkle Funeral Service, Erie; 9156 Summit Street, Erie, Michigan 48133 (734) 317-7199. A Celebration of Her Life will follow at 3:00pm also at Merkle’s. Cremation will then take place through Covenant Cremation of Erie, Michigan.

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Saturday
4
June

Gathering for Fern Adelaide Bennett

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Saturday, June 4, 2022
Merkle Funeral Service - Erie
9156 Summit Street
Erie, Michigan, United States
(734) 317-7199
Gathering for Fern Adelaide Bennett
Saturday
4
June

Celebration of Life for Fern Adelaide Bennett

3:00 pm
Saturday, June 4, 2022
Merkle Funeral Service - Erie
9156 Summit Street
Erie, Michigan, United States
(734) 317-7199
Celebration of Life for Fern Adelaide Bennett