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Earlene Meinzer

Earlene Meinzer, 93, a longtime resident of Benjamin, passed away Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020. A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, at the Benjamin Cemetery with Mr. Dennis Duke officiating. Services are under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Homes.

Earlene was born Nov. 11, 1926, in Vera to Ada (Robinson) and Gordon Cole. In 1947 she married Pate Meinzer in Seymour. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Benjamin. Earlene loved walking, working in her yard and she always had her little friend Tippy by her side.

She is survived by sons Wyman Meinzer and wife Sylinda of Benjamin and Rick Meinzer and wife Patsy of Rhineland; daughter Patty Tavernia and husband Bob of Gettysburg, PA; 7 grandchildren; and 7 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Pate Meinzer; father Gordon Cole; mother Ada (Robinson) Cole; two brothers and four sisters.

Memorials may be made in Earlene’s name to the Benjamin High School Ex-Students Association.

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