Bemsle Lewis Terpening (1894-1986)

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Bemsle Lewis Terpening
Friendship Twp. Cemetery
Born: 2 Jul 1894 Friendship Twp., Michigan
Died: 20 Feb 1986, Harbor Springs, Michigan
Father: Seth Wheelock Terpening
Mother: Lois Julia Barkley
Siblings: Bemsle Lewis Terpening
Bryan Terpening
George Dewey Terpening
Henry S. Terpening
Daniel Gordon Terpening
Mildred E. Terpening
Hazella Irene Terpening
Spouse: Glenn Cora Smith
Married: 27 Sep 1919 Harbor Springs, Michigan
Children: Gordon L. Terpening
Gloria Ann Terpening


Petoskey News-Review, Monday, 24 Feb 1986:

Bemsle L. Terpening, 91

Bemsle L. Terpening, 91, of Harbor Springs, died Feb. 20, 1986, at the Emmet County Medical Care Facility, Harbor Springs.

Funeral was today at the Schiller Funeral Chapel, Harbor Springs. The Rev. Richard Matson officiated and burial will be in Friendship Township Cemetery.

Mr. Terpening was born July 2, 1894, in Emmet County. He attended country schools and had worked as a carpenter in the area most of his life. He also worked as a painter for several years.

On Sept 27, 1919, he married the former Glenn Smith. The couple resided in the Harbor Springs area.

Mr. Terpening was a life member of the Odd Fellows and a former Grange member.

Survivors include; his wife; one daughter, Mrs. Gene (Gloria) Seelye of East Jordan; one son, Gordon Terpening of Kingsley; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three brothers, Bryan of Springport, Henry of Harbor Springs, and Daniel of Petoskey; two sisters, Mrs. Mildred Garver of Harbor Springs, and Mrs. Hazella Bruce of Petoskey.

The family suggests memorials to the Emmet County Medical Care Facility Auxiliary or the Harbor Springs Fire Department or ambulance service.


  • Marriage: Emmet County, Michigan, Vital Records Search, Marriages:
TERPENING, Bemsley & SMITH, Glen C.
Date: 9/27/1919
Liber: 4
Folio: 245
  • Death: Emmet County, Michigan, Vital Records Search, Deaths:
Date of Death: 2/20/1986
Liber: 1986
Folio: 78
Place of Death: Harbor Springs, MI
Terpening, Bemsle L.
Age: 91
Born: 7/2/1894
Died: 2/20/1986
Burial: 0/0/0000
Cemetery: Friendship Twp., Harbor Springs
Obituary: on file
Name: Terpening, Bemsle L.
Born: 1894
Died: 2-20-1986 Shared Headstone with Glen Terpening
  • Gravestone: Photo by T&DC