Marie Bengel came to Westphalia, Michigan on Memorial Day in 1948. Prior to that she had been a forced member of Hitler Youth, fled the Russians, been a refugee and married Julius Bengel in 1947.
She flourished in her life in the US, learning English and just about anything else she could find to learn. In her "words", "Everything piqued my interest. Germans are known for their hard work ethic and I was no exception."
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