Heather Andrea Suhy Bentley, age 41, of Franklin Township, Edinboro, PA went home to be with her heavenly Father and her earthly Dad on Friday, November 14, 2014 from complications of a brain tumor. She was born in Erie on April 18, 1973, the daughter of June T. (Krautter) Suhy Shelhamer and the late John M. Suhy.

Bentley, Heather Andrea SuhyAfter graduating from General McLane School District in 1991, Heather graduated from the State University of New York at Herkimer, NY in 1993 and went on to work for US Airways in Pittsburgh, PA and Jamestown, NY. She then graduated from Mercyhurst University in 1999 and worked for Villa Maria School, Strong Vincent High School, and finally Corry High School until budget cuts eliminated her position. She volunteered in the library of Millcreek’s Walnut Creek School until her illness progressed to the point where she could no longer work.

In her teenage years, she enjoyed being a clown with the Jolly Jesters of Erie. In later life she was the baker of the family and everyone looked forward to her desserts during the holidays. Heather and her husband Alex finally got into the home of their dreams in February of this year, and she enjoyed the last few months in that beautiful home. She was lovingly known as “Aunt Al” to Aaron, and “Aunt Heather” to her other precious nieces and nephews whom she loved.

Besides her father, Heather was preceded in death by maternal grandparents Carl F. Krautter and Stella E. Krautter, and paternal grandparents Andrew J. Suhy and Edna C. Suhy; also, two uncles – Lauren C. Krautter and Merlin C. Krautter; and an infant cousin.

She is survived by her husband, Alexander B. Bentley II; her mother, June T. Shelhamer and step-father, Gary L. Shelhamer; sister, Michelle R. Wagner and nephews Aaron J. and Samuel R. Wagner, all of Edinboro; brother-in-law, Benjamin Bentley and wife Cindy and nephews Keith and Nathaniel Bentley of Cambridge Springs; father- and mother-in-law, Fred and Barbara Bentley of Walterboro, SC; sister-in-law, Lisa and Eric Bliss, niece Nina and nephews Joshua and Kyle of Summerville, SC; aunts and uncles, Sharon and Randy Lawrence and cousins Andy and Mark of Edinboro; Fred and Judy Suhy of Florida; Tom and Susan Suhy of Buckhannon, WV; Anna Suhy of Edinboro; Jane and Russell Stark of Conroe, TX; and several cousins.

Friends may call at the Van Matre Family Funeral Home, 306 Erie Street, Edinboro on Tuesday, November 25th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the First Baptist Church in Cambridge Springs on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m., officiated by Rev. Rod Beardsley. Burial will follow at Hope Cemetery, Wellsburg, Elk Creek Township.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Edinboro Food Bank, c/o Edinboro Borough Building, Edinboro, PA, or the Franklin Township Fire Department, 7544 New Road, Edinboro, PA.