Patricia “Pat” A. Bentley

Patricia “Pat” A. Bentley

Patricia “Pat” A. Bentley


Patricia “Pat” A. Bentley, 71, passed from this life on Wednesday, March 27, 2024, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In agreement with Pat’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A funeral mass will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, April 13, 2024, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, located at 1350 Lyndhurst Drive, in Hiawatha, Iowa, where a Rosary will be recited at 10:00 a.m. The Reverend Emmanuel Fénélus will officiate the mass. A celebration of Pat’s life will follow mass until 3:00 p.m., in Seton Hall. Private committal services will take place at a later date at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Marion is assisting the family with arrangements.

Patricia Ann entered this world as the daughter of Robert and Dolores (Schmuecker) Fee, on January 31, 1953. Soon after, she was given the role of big sister to Deborah (Dwight) Dohlman, Sheryl (Mike) Huber, Daniel (Laurie) Fee, and Robin (Larry) Williams. These five siblings created a close-knit family, celebrating the holidays and special family moments throughout the years.

Pat attended Immaculate Conception School and went on to graduate from Regis High School in 1971. Later, Pat also attended Kirkwood’s Dental Assistant Program. She made many lifelong friends at school. She cherished these friendships throughout the years and enjoyed her mom’s night-out groups.

While working as a receptionist in a doctor’s office, Pat was invited to a party. It was there, she met the man whom she would spend the next 49 years of her life with, Dan Bentley. After a short courtship, they were married at Immaculate Conception on August 24, 1974. In 1976, Pat helped him start his own business and spent many nights doing the company bookwork. Together, they also formed many close friendships and enjoyed many outings and vacations, especially those with Rudy and Barb Pino and John and Patty Waldorf throughout the years.

In 1975, Pat began her role as a mother. In her own words, she called motherhood a vocation, one she happily chose. Together, Dan and Pat raised 4 children; Jill (Shane) St. John, Tracy (Corey) Alberts, Christine (Paul) Doerning, and Kevin (Marcy) Bentley. She was active in her children’s lives as a homeroom mom, chauffeur, Girl Scout leader, and as their number one fan in the stands. She was also just a phone call away when you needed advice. If you stopped by for a visit, you were likely offered one of her delicious chocolate chip cookies.

In 1996, Pat became a grandma, her favorite role in life. She was the quintessential grandma who kept busy with all her grandchildren’s events, which she loved to attend. Because of her traditions and kindness, Tyler, Jacob, Makynzie (Garrett), Dane, Joey, Callie, Spencer, Riley, Beckem, Logan, and Nora knew a grandma’s love.

Preceding her into eternal life are her parents, Robert (1992) and Dolores (1985) Fee; sister, Sheryl Huber (2021); her in-laws, Ted (1999) and Mary (2024) Bentley; brother-in-law, Dennis Giblin (1985); sister-in-law, Shirley Giblin (2023); and her daughter, Nicole Katherine Bentley (1995).

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Pat’s memory may be directed to: St. Vincent de Paul Society, located at 928 7th Street SE, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401; or to the family to be designated later.

The family would like to thank the St. Luke’s ICU team for their care and concern during our mother’s hospitalization.

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