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Dorothy Jean Bennis

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - Dorothy Jean Bennis, formerly of Lincoln, Ill., where she lived for 36 years at the family's Tenth Street address, gracefully took her leave after 90 years of life Sunday morning, August 10, 2014.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, William F. Bennis, owner and operator of the Lincoln and Freeport theatres; beloved son, Anthony William Bennis; sister, Evelyn Madigan; and brother, Kenneth, "Kenny" George.

She was born Dorothy Jean George, daughter to Ralph and Thelma George on March 24, 1924, in Freeport, Ill. She was the eldest of eight children. She is survived by sisters, Shirley Johnson, Judy Parsons, Carolyn Smith, Gail George, and brother, Richard, "Dick" George. She is also survived by her son, David William Bennis, and daughters, Mary Ann Gibson, Martha Jean Scrimenti, and Sara Jane Sterbenc. Dorothy was the grandmother of eight adoring grandchildren, Wendy Hanebrink, Mary Katherine, "Kate" Monroe, Stephanie Reed, Anne Ricci, Suzanne Scrimenti, Maxwell Sterbenc, Samuel Sterbenc, and Thomas Sterbenc. She was also the proud great-grandparent of Kurt and Brett Hanebrink, Margaret "Maggie" Gibson, Ryan Monroe, Julia Reed, and Angelene Ricci. In her teen years, Dorothy's modeling career saw her featured in the Rotogravure and the London Art Gallery. Dorothy was a volunteer at St. John's Hospital for five years in Springfield, Ill., and worked for several years at the, "Yellow Unicorn" in Lincoln before she and husband Bill shook off the bitter winters of central Illinois for sunny California in 1987. Dorothy was very much a "people person" and although many friends have already preceded her in death, she still leaves many who remember her fondly.

Visitation: Friday, Aug. 15, from 5-7 p.m. at Holland Barry & Bennett Funeral Home.

Funeral Service: Saturday, Aug. 16, at 10 a.m., Holland Barry & Bennett Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Les Turner ALS Foundation of Chicago, 5550 W. Touhy Ave., Suite 302, Skokie IL 60077.

Published in The Lincoln Courier from Aug. 13 to Aug. 14, 2014
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