THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Issue Date: March 18, 2020
(Thelma) Charmaine (Jorgensen) Behnke, 79, of Lena, passed away Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at Meadowbrook Nursing Home in Oconto Falls.
Born July 6, 1940 in Marinette, to the late James and Thelma (Lunsford) Jorgensen, she married Floyd Behnke on April 12, 1969.
She was a member of First American Lutheran Church, Oconto, Wisconsin life member of FFA Alumni, Lena FFA Alumni, Oconto County 4H Leaders Association and Past President of Wisconsin State 4H Leaders Council.
She enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing, spending time with her grandchildren and preserving garden produce. A lifelong beautician in the Coleman area, she lived on the Behnke homestead dairy farm for 50 years.
Survivors include her husband, Floyd Behnke; a son, Aaron (Jessica) Behnke; a daughter, Nelda (Brock) Bailey and nine grandchildren with one on the way.
Including her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, James (Patricia) Jorgensen; an infant brother, Carl Jorgensen; special brothers, Stanley "Sonny" Barnes and Ernie Barnes, who always made sure she had milk for bottles and treated her like a little sis, and a brother-in-law, Lloyd (Ruth) Behnke.
The family will receive relatives and friends at Gallagher Funeral Home in Oconto on Friday, March 20 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Visitation will continue on Saturday, March 21 at First American Lutheran Church from 10 a.m. until time of the funeral services at 11 a.m., with Rev. Gary Olson officiating.