Gail L. Behnke, Poland, Ohio

Becker Funeral Homes

March 17, 2020

Gail L. Behnke, Poland, Ohio - obit
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POLAND, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – Gail L. Behnke, 79, passed away Tuesday evening, March 17, 2020, at her home surrounded by her loving family. 

Gail was born November 27, 1940, in Warren, the daughter of the late Harold and Sofia “Sophie” (Barb) Firster.

She graduated from Warren Harding and attended Mount Union College. 

Gail started in the work force as an executive secretary for U.S. Steel for ten years. Afterwards, she became an accomplished interior decorator and built a very successful career in the furniture sales for La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries, over 20 years, before retiring. 

She was a former member of Poland Presbyterian Church, a member of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA), Job’s Daughters International and the YMCA Silver Sneakers. 

Gail was first and foremost a devoted wife and mother. After the passing of her husband in 1996, she dedicated her life to the well-being and betterment of her children. Her family and friends will remember her as a very strong-willed woman, a compassionate and selfless individual tending to the needs of everyone else before her own. She served as a rock and an inspiration to her family and friends. She was loved to her final breath on this earth… which included her little companion, Mitzy.   

Gail is survived by two sons, Eric V. (Heidi) Behnke of Poland and Hans V. Behnke of Boardman and her brother, Dr. Harold “Buzz” O. (Irene) Firster of Newton Falls, Ohio. 

Besides her parents, Gail was preceded in death by her husband of 32 years, George H. Behnke whom she married on September 26, 1964 and died on February 5, 1996. 

Per Gail’s request, private funeral services were held on Saturday, March 21, 2020, at Poland Riverside Cemetery with Chaplain Wayne Benner officiating. 

There are no calling hours. 

The family requests that material tributes take the form of contributions to Harbor Light Hospice, 4531 Belmont Avenue, Unit 9, Youngstown, OH 44509 in memory of Gail. 

Arrangements were handled by Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, 270 N. Main Street in Poland. Condolences may be sent at

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A television tribute will air Monday, March 23, at the following approximate times: 5:17 a.m. on WKBN, 8:39 a.m. on FOX, 5:21 p.m. on WYTV and 6:35 p.m. on MyYTV.

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