HARTFORD CITY – Dr. Severino T. "Benny" Sulit, 85, of Hartford City, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, in Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital, Muncie.
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He was born on April 8, 1928 in Manila, Philippines, the son of Daniel and Maria (Torres) Sulit. He graduated high school in 1946 in Cabanatuan, Neuva Ecita, Philippines, received his Doctor of Medicine in 1954 from University of St. Tomas, Manila, and practiced for the next three years in the Philippines.
In 1957 Dr. Sulit came to the United States and served an internship at Leonard Hospital, Troy, N.Y. From July 1958 to June 1960, he served his residency at Fairview Park Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio. He served a two-year surgical residency at Mt. Sinai Hospital, Miami, Fla., from 1960-1962, then he spent one year as House Physician at Deaconess Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio. His third and fourth year surgical residency was at Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati, and the following year he was House Physician at Deaconess Hospital, Cincinnati.
On June 25, 1960, Benny married Karen K. Schmidt in Fairview Park, Ohio. They moved to Hartford City in 1966 and continued his medical practice until his retirement in 2000.
He was a member of AMA, Indiana Medical Association, Blackford-Delaware Medical Association, Blackford County Hospital Medical Staff, Association of Abdominal Surgeons, and was honored by the Indiana State Medical Association for his over 50 years of medical practice. He also was a member of St. John's Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Emil Schweier Council 1632, the Bishop Arnold Assembly Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree, Hartford City Rotary Club and the International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians. Benny served on the Blackford County Board of Health and the board of Hearts with Integrity.
Later in his life, Benny focused his passion for helping others by leading 13 medical missions to help the people of Haiti. Benny also loved gardening, especially his roses, oil painting, stained glass and singing at nursing homes and community choir.
Surviving are his wife, Karen; three daughters, Debra (David) Reinicke, of Arvada, Colo., Cheryl (Jeff) Liechty, of Berne, and Carole (Warren) Bennett, of Lakewood, Colo.; two sons, Daniel (May) Sulit, of Chatham, N.J., and Michael (Tami) Sulit, of Indianapolis; one brother, Benjamin Sulit; one sister, Corazon Belisario; 14 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Sergio and Daniel, and two sisters, Marieta Toledo and Marcia Policino.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Keith Hosey at 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, in St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 209 S. Spring St., Hartford City. Burial will follow at Gardens of Memory, Muncie.
Visitation will be Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, from 1 to 5 p.m. in Waters Funeral Home, 501 W. Washington St., Hartford City. The Christian Wake Service will be on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Memorials may be made to St. John's Church, Blackford County Community Foundation, P.O. Box 327, Hartford City, IN 47348, John XXIII Center, 407 W. McDonald St., Hartford City or in the form of masses.
Online condolences may be sent to: www.watersfuneralhomes.com
Waters Funeral Home
501 W Washington St Hartford City, IN 47348
Published in Hartford City News Times from Oct. 12 to Oct. 19, 2013