Alma Marie Beneke
CHATHAM, IL - Alma Marie (Harris) Beneke, 80, formerly of West Burlington, Iowa, passed away on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at St. John's Hospital Hospice in Springfield, Ill.
Born on Feb. 16, 1933, in Waterloo, Iowa, she was the daughter of Kenneth James and Margaret (McLeod) Harris. She married Rudolph "Rudy" Beneke on June 16, 1956, in Waterloo. He died July 27, 2011.
Alma started as a school teacher in Belle Plaine, Iowa, followed by Savanna, Ill., after marrying Rudy. She also worked as a substitute teacher in Galva, Ill., prior to moving to Burlington with her husband. She spent her son's school years as a homemaker, returning to substitute teaching for the Burlington and West Burlington school districts for over seven years. After her retirement in 1991, she continued as an in-home tutor for several students.
She was a member of First Christian Church Disciples of Christ, Burlington, Iowa, Des Moines County Retired School Personnel and Reading Club.
Survivors include one son, Brian J. (Lena) Beneke, two grandsons, Vitali J. Beneke and Neal A. Beneke, all of Chatham, Ill.; two sisters, Jane A. Harris of Waterloo, Iowa, and Mary M. Abbas of Geneva, Iowa, and three nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one nephew, and husband.
The funeral service for Mrs. Beneke will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 12 in Lunning Chapel, Burlington, Iowa. Rev. David Yonker will officiate. Interment will be held in Aspen Grove Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 9 a.m. until the time of service on Wednesday.
In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established to the Charity First Book, a national organization that gives children from low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first new books.