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Benchat, Stephen

Stephen Benchat, of Millwood and formerly of Hastings and Yonkers, died peacefully on February 21, 2014 at the age of 67. A graduate of Hastings High School, he was a star football player and wrestler. In 2005 he was inducted into Hastings Sports Hall of Fame. A Vietnam veteran he proudly served his country in the US Air Force. A long time Giants and Yankee fan, his happiest moments were spent fishing with friends and his beloved Uncle Tony Pircio. Stephen was well-loved by his family: sisters, Jean (Tom) Hogan of Rhode Island, Lorraine (Karl) Wallin of Hobart, niece, Terena Welesko, nephews William and Daniel Genshino, Karl and Stephen Wallin and his partner in life and love Marianne Thoma. Marianne and family wishes to thank Hospice of Phelps Memorial Hospital and the Dominican Sisters of Rosary Hill for their devoted attention as well as his personal angels, Peter Rudenko, Richard Kozel, Elizabeth Douglas, Sal Lovetto, John Zager and the Boland family. Without their selfless acts of kindness and love, we could never have made it through these dark days.

Friends may call at the Hastings Funeral Home, 15 Spring Street on Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon with a funeral service to follow. Interment Mount Hope Cemetery.

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Published in the The Journal News from Feb. 23 to Feb. 24, 2014
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