Date of Death: April 17, 2019

Service Details

A service and funeral mass will be held at noon on Saturday, May 4 at St. Edward Parish, 332 West State Street, Mendon MI 49072, with luncheon to follow.

Obituary Notice

Glenna Jean Bennett (Reber) was called to her heavenly home on April 17, 2019 following a sudden illness.  Her devotion to family and love for Three Rivers and Fishers Lake communities brought much joy to her life on this Earth.  Glenna was 86 years old.

 

She was born to Russell Coleman Wince and Sarah Elizabeth Wince (Haught) on September 20, 1932 in Beatrice, West Virginia.  She had three siblings:  Lorene Reber (Wince), Richard Wince, and Kathleen Wince.

 

Glenna was blessed with a large family, raising five children at Fishers Lake, Three Rivers, with Robert Reber.  She is survived by Barry Reber (Deb Truckey), Lawton; Terry Reber, Three Rivers; Kirby Reber (Sally), Vicksburg; Kelly Reber (Cynthia), Twentynine Palms, California; and Robbyn Candelaria (Reber), Lawton.  Robert passed away in 1972.

 

She married Raymond Bennett of Kalamazoo on June 5, 1981.  She is survived by Kellee Pierce (Jackson), Kalamazoo; and Denise Town (Tim), Buckeye, Arizona.  Ray passed away in 2001, and son John Bennett (Cara) of Kalamazoo in 2018.

 

Glenna avidly supported her children in sports at Three Rivers High School and was in the stands cheering at every game, home or away.  She continued that support in person with her grandchildren, then in later years enjoyed listening to games on the radio.  Whether it was through sports, police and military service, births of grandchildren, or life’s trials, Glenna was a compassionate listener, supporter, and confidant to her family.

 

Her empathy and desire to help others extended into the community, and she was a school secretary for many years.  She served for several administrators and guidance counselors at Three Rivers Community Schools, and then retired from Parchment High School in 1983.

Additional Information

The family gratefully declines flowers and donations, but prayers are deeply appreciated.

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12 Comments

  1. To the Reber family, My deepest condolences on your loss of you mother. I remember her wonderful smile when you came in or were sent to the office. I remember it happening to me once and I was soooo scared but her sweetness and kindness took the sting out of .. Please know that my thought ans prayers are with each of you during this very difficult time!

  2. Barry, Terry, Kirby, Kelly & Robbyn, keeping you all in my heart and prayers. Your Mom was probably the sweetest lady I’ve ever met! I loved that she knew who I was when I introduced myself to her at the Dr.’s office and that she always called my daughter Abby “Julie” after I retired. She was always a pleasure to talk to. Prayers for peace and comfort during this difficult time.

  3. So very sorry for your loss. “Mrs. Reber will be remembered as a kind, loving, true lady. I remember her as wonderful “school secretary, nurse and counselor”. When my mother passed away, she wiped the tears and always had open arms for hugs.
    Prayers & hugs your way.
    Denise Middaugh Miller

  4. Glenna was one of the first people this young coach met when I moved to Three Rivers. She was a very loving mother and friendly coworker who will be missed and remembered for the compassionate generous example she set. Tom Barnum

  5. I have so many fond memories of aunt Glenna I truly believe aunt Jean picked her out for uncle Clare that’s what we called him when grandpa Bennett was still alive the Clarke brothers and myself.Aunt Glenna was so wonderful to my husband he would come icefishing with Clare and she would always have baked them something warm and tasty to him she was known as aunt Betty Crocker she loved it when we called her that we had a great relationship and adult relationship where we could speak to each other as women no holds barred I loved her for that she was a great help to me when my own mother passed she will always be part of me a true angel. Your memory will always be alive with Skip and I aunt Glenna

  6. Dear Family. My heart simply broke at this news. I loved your Mom as my own and carry with me memories and a lifetime of gratitude for being a part of her life and she a part of mine. I will never forget our road trips to Mt. Pleasant that always included ‘Wendy’s”. What a true example of kindness and grace. “Debbie” loves you Mrs. R and always will. May she, Ray, and Duward and Ramona be up their catching the big fish. Love to the entire Reber/Bennett families at this very difficult time.

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