Sue R. Bennitt
Sue R. Bennitt, 66, of Mars, formerly of Old Plank Road, died at 9:20 a.m. Sunday at Butler Memorial Hospital.
She was born June 28, 1946, in Portland, Me., to the late Thomas P. Riley and Ann Sutherland Riley.
A native of Brunswick, Me., Sue came to Butler in 1971. She contributed to many segments of the civic community during her lifetime.
Sue served on the boards of directors for the League of Women Voters, the VNA of Western Pennsylvania, the VNA Hospice, the Butler Area Public Library, the Golden Tornado Scholastic Foundation and the BC3 Education Foundation. She was the chair of the BC3 Foundation board and served in leadership roles on most of the other boards.
Sue was a founder of the Butler County Day Care Center, now known as the Butler County Children's Center, and served as president of its board of directors. Sue was a past volunteer for the Junior Women's Club, the United Way of Butler County and the Butler Health System Foundation. She served as a member of both the Crystal Ball and golf event committees with the BHS Foundation. Most recently, she served as the BHS Foundation's "Building for the Future" campaign co-chair, along with her husband, Fred, which helped raise significant funds for the Patient Tower at Butler Memorial Hospital.
Sue was presented with the 2012 Women of Legacy Award from the Butler Health System.
Sue worked for 20 years as a counselor at Butler County Community College, where she initially helped adults enter or return to the workforce, and later guided students into career programs and courses for transferring to four-year colleges.
Sue is survived by her husband, Fred Y. Bennitt, who she married Aug. 17, 1968; two sons, Peter R. Bennitt of Larchmont, N.Y., and Thomas C. Bennitt of Oxford, Miss.; three grandchildren, Abigail Bennitt, Timothy Bennitt and Emily Bennitt; three sisters, Christine Millar of Brunswick, Me., Joanna Riley of Freeport, Me., and Ellen Wertman of Fairfax, Va.
BENNITT - Friends of Sue R. Bennitt, who died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the THOMPSON-MILLER FUNERAL HOME, Inc., 124 E. North St., Butler.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the First English Lutheran Church, 241 N. Main St., Butler, with the Rev. James Dollhopf officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the BC3 Education Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 1203, Butler, PA 16003, to the Butler Health System Foundation, 1 Hospital Way, Butler, PA 16001 or to the Community Health Clinic of Butler County, 103 Bonnie Drive, Butler, PA 16002.
Online condolences can be given at www.thompson-miller.com