Joseph “Joe” M. Benner, 72, of Bellefonte, passed away on Sunday, April 11, 2021, at Mount Nittany Medical Center surrounded by his family. Born on April 9, 1949 in Bellefonte, he was the son of the late Dorothy Hull and was raised by his grandparents, the late Russell and Helen Benner. On November 8, 1968, he married Deborah (Garner) Benner, who survives him at home after sharing over 52 years of marriage together.
Joe was a graduate of Bellefonte High School, Class of 1967. Prior to his retirement, Joe worked for Weis Markets for over fifty years.
In addition to his wife, Deborah, he is survived by his children, Amy Jo Benner, and Carol Fazler (Karl); two brothers, Ed Benner, and Tom Benner (Janet), and one sister, Helen Eckley (Dale). Also surviving is a brother-in-law, Greg Garner (Sue), sisters-in-law, Bonnie Burris (Jim), and Karin Garner; three grandsons, three great-granddaughters, and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, two sisters, one brother-in-law, and two sisters-in-law.
Joe enjoyed bowling, golfing, and playing softball. Joe enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, especially Mugs Hunt. He enjoyed attending his great nephew’s ball games and football games. Joe’s family was especially important to him and he loved them endlessly.
There will be a public viewing held on Thursday, April 15, 2021, from 11am-1pm, at Wetzler Funeral Service, Inc., 206 N. Spring Street, Bellefonte. Funeral services will immediately follow at 1pm at the funeral home with Pastor Robert Dornan officiating. Burial will follow at Meyer Cemetery in Bellefonte. Following CDC recommendations, social distancing is encouraged, and face coverings will be required at all services.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Joe Benner to: New Hope United Methodist Church, 1089 E. College Avenue, Bellefonte, PA 16823.