Meriden - Doris Linnea Bratt Behnke Doris Behnke, 93, passed away on Thursday, May 7, 2009 in the presence of her sons, Russell and Allen after a prolonged illness. She was born in Providence, Rhode Island on August 15, 1915. She moved to Meriden with her parents, Julius and Hulda Bratt as a young child. Doris married Walter A. Behnke on June 27, 1942. Doris was a life long member of Augustana Lutheran Church. She worked for the Connecticut. Telephone Company. Mrs. Behnke was a devoted wife, mother and homemaker for her husband and sons. Of Swedish descent, she could read and speak Swedish, was a wonderful cook, loved flowers, and enjoyed hunting rocks and minerals in the great outdoors.Doris was predeceased in death by her husband of almost 58 years, Walter, on May 31, 2000. She is survived by her son Russell E. Behnke of Meriden who was her and her husband's caregiver for many years, allowing her to remain at her home until her final illness. She is also survived by her son Allen and his wife Sheila of Parkersburg, West Virginia. Her grandsons, Michael L. Behnke of King George, Virginia and Dr. Robert L. Behnke of Richmond, Virginia also survive Mrs. Behnke. She also leaves a special cousin, Dorothy Carlson of Windsor, who was a faithful visitor and friend. A Funeral service will be held on Monday, May 11, 2009 at 11:00am the Beecher & Bennett-Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden. Burial will follow at Walnut Grove Cemetery. The Rev.James Stoltenberg will officiate. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Monday from 10-11am prior to the service.

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  1. Russ, You were a great son who took great care of your parents. Your mother lived a long and happy life and now she has joined your father. Take care of yourself Love Linda

  2. While I gave your mom .Soft Touch. at MidState I could tell how loved she was by her cousin and son. My condolences to her family. She must have been quite a woman.

  3. Even if I never got the privilege to personally meet my cousin Doris she has always had a place in my heart. We have been corresponding during the years which I appreciated indeed. Both of my sons have been visiting Doris and her family in Meriden. I hope that Doris will be rest in peace and that our families maintain contact with each other. Our warm sympathy with You, Russel and Allen from your Swedish relatives in Mariestad Nils ( cousin ) and Ebba Helsing Ulf and Rita Helsing with family Bo Helsing and Marja Magnusson

  4. To the Behnke family.My sincere condolences on the passing of Mrs. Behnke. There is nothing in this world as dear as our mothers.We pray for her soul to rest peacefully. Joseph

  5. Russ, you were such a significant contribution to your mother’s life. I’m so sorry for your loss. It must present a very big .missing. for you. Recognize the gift you were to her and the blessing she was to you and may you all be at peace. With love & sympathy to you & your family, Annbeth

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