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Ruth Benzing-Craig


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Ruth Benzing-Craig Obituary


HILLSDALE - Ruth M. Benzing-Craig, 98, of Hillsdale passed away Monday, November 16, 2015 at the Mac McGuire Skilled Nursing Facility in Hillsdale. She was born November 28, 1916 in Detroit, the daughter of David and Edith (Crandall) Cole. She married Ralph Benzing on October 10, 1936 and he preceded her in death in 1986. She later married John Craig and he also preceded her in death.

Ruth graduated from St. Mary's Academy in Monroe and went on to attended Marygrove College in Detroit where she studied Psychology. She collected carousel horses and loved to cook. Ruth dedicated her life to helping others. She had a servants heart and volunteered with many organizations including Meals on Wheels, Camp Fire, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and several local hospitals. She also helped initiate the Domestic Harmony in Hillsdale and was a member of the Red Hat Society.

Survivors include five children, Claudia (Will) Keyser of Miami, FL, Lance Benzing of Hillsdale, MerryLynn Gerstenschlager of Weatherford, TX, Jim (Marlene) Benzing of Hillsdale and Brad (Pam) Benzing of Hillsdale; 11 grandchildren, 30 grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, daughter-in laws, Virginia and Karla Benzing and son-in-law Val Gerstenschlager.

Funeral services for Ruth Benzing-Craig will be Friday, November 20, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the Hillsdale Church of the Nazarene with Pastor Mark Elliott officiating. The family will receive friends for visitation Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the VanHorn-Eagle Funeral Home in Hillsdale. Private family interment will take place at a later date.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Kings Kupboard Food Pantry or Domestic Harmony. Online condolences at www.eaglefuneralhomes.com.
Published in The Hillsdale Daily News on Nov. 18, 2015
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