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Dr. James M. Benford


1927 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Dr.  James M. Benford Obituary

Dr. James M. Benford, 91, of Pittsburgh, formerly of Connellsville passed away peacefully, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018 in the Juniper Village at Forest Hills.

He was born Jan. 23, 1927 in Connellsville, a son of the late James A. and Margaret C. Monahan Benford.

Dr. Benford was a longtime resident of Connellsville and was a graduate of Connellsville High School with the class of 1945. He also took undergraduate courses at Seton Hill College in Greensburg before graduating in 1953 from Lincoln Chiropractic College in Indianapolis, Ind.

He had his own practice as a Doctor of Chiropractic Care in Connellsville for many years and retired in 2002.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957, and a member of the Partner Parish of The Immaculate Conception R. C. Church in Connellsville.

Dr. Benford was very civic minded and was a former member of several organizations, including the Connellsville Rotary Club, the Connellsville Elks No. 503, the Connellsville Lions Club, the Kiwanis Club and the Chestnut Ridge Flying Club, where he was a avid aviator.

Dr. Benford also held several offices in the Southwestern Chiropractic Association.

Dr. Benford will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by his loving daughters, Stephanie Ann Benford of Pittsburgh and Lisa Petzel and husband Robert of Monroeville; his granddaughter, Natalia Petzel of Monroeville, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Dr. Benford was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

In addition to his parents, Dr. Benford was predeceased by his wife of 52 years, Patricia A. DuShaw Benford who he married on July 18, 1953, and who passed away on April 26, 2006; his brother Dr. Edward Benford, and his sister Mona Jean Reilly.

Family and friends will be received from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday in the Brooks Funeral Home Inc., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville (724-628-1430) where a Blessing Service will be held at noon Wednesday followed by a Funeral Mass at 12:30 p.m. in the Immaculate Conception R.C. Church, Connellsville, with Rev. Robert Lubic as celebrant.

A committal service and interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville.

Military rites will be conducted at the funeral home by the Connellsville VFW and American Legion Honor Guard.

To leave a message or send condolences please visit the website at www.brooksfuneralhomes.com

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