Georgia Kathryn Wendt was born on June 26, 1925, in Frazee, Minnesota. Her parents were the late John & Bertha (Kratzke) Wendt. Georgia grew up on her family’s farm in Dora Township in rural Vergas. She attended country school at District #151 and graduated from Frazee High School with the class of 1942. In 1944, she moved to New York Mills and was employed at the F & M Bank.
On October 4, 1947 Georgia was united in marriage with Herbert Kahilainen at St Paul’s Lutheran Church at Loon Lake in Vergas. Their marriage was blessed with four children: Janet, Jean, Joan and Herbert “Buddy”. Georgia and Herbert resided in Newton Township where they farmed together. Herbert passed away on December 30, 1972.
On February 19, 1977 Georgia Kahilainen married Roger Bentley at Trinity Lutheran Church in New York Mills. Together they enjoyed traveling much of the country. Roger Bentley passed away on November 17, 2020, he is dearly missed by his family and friends.
Georgia enjoyed gardening, growing flowers, feeding the birds, and watching the Minnesota Twins games. On May 6, 2022 Georgia passed away at the Mills Manor with family at her side and under the gentle care of Knute Nelson Hospice. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.
Georgia is preceded in death by her parents: John and Bertha Wendt; husbands Herbert and Roger; and sister Gladys Schepper.
Georgia is survived by her children: Janet (Ron) Ehnert of New York Mills, Jean (Dennis) Harper of New York Mills, Joan (Terry) Grotberg of Ramsey and Herbert “Buddy” (KayAnn) Kahilainen of New York Mills; 7 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and sister: Marjorie Richter of Vergas; along with many other relatives and a host of friends.
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