A Mass of Christian burial for Theresa Rose De Benedet, 86, who passed away Saturday, November 10th will be 11:30 am November 23rd at Prince of Peace Catholic Church. Mrs. De Benedet was born on December 17, 1925 in Bay Ridge Brooklyn, NY to her father, Samuel Gotlieb and mother, Rose. Theresa was the eldest child and grew up with a sister, Claire and a brother, Joseph. Theresa grew up in Hicksville, NY and graduated from Hicksville High School where she enjoyed playing H.S. Badminton and tennis and took a special interest in journalism. While living in New York, Theresa liked to travel with her friends to Dude Ranches on weekend trips, she also worked as a journalist for a magazine called Travel Time which she was on the cover of numerous times. Theresa first worked in the clerical field during World War II; she was a civilian secretary for a Colonel in the U.S. Army. She obtained employment in various businesses after the war. In 1952 Theresa moved to Southern California with her family where she also worked in the business field as a supervisor with various companies. In her earlier single years she loved spending time with friends, every time they had a 3 or 4 day weekend, Theresa and her girlfriends would take mini road trips and travel to such places as Carmel and La Jolla CA, Mexico, Mexico City, Acapulco, Guadalajara, Reno, Las Vegas, and Yosemite. When Theresa was not on trips with her girlfriends she danced weekends at the Palladium in Hollywood on the Lawrence Welk Show, where she would eventually meet her husband, Albert in 1964. They were married three months later. During their 49 years of marriage they had one child together, lived in Glendale, CA and enjoyed yearly family vacations all over the U.S. and Canada. Theresa especially enjoyed Sedona, AZ and Grand Tetons in Wyoming. During the course of her marriage she worked for Carmichael International in Los Angeles as an export supervisor for 30 years. She supported charities such as Boys Town and Veteran's of Foreign War (VFW). In august of 2012 Theresa and her husband moved to Ormond Beach, Florida to be closer to their son, daughter-in-law and three grandchildren. Theresa had a strong devotion in her Catholic faith. Mrs. De Benedet is survived by her husband, Albert of 49 years; one son, Michael; step-daughter, Trudy Scholz; sister Claire Courtney; brother Joseph James; daughter-in-law, Laura; and three grandchildren, Ashley, Alexis, and Anthony De Benedet. Condolences may be shared with the family online at www.volusiamemorialfunerals.com Arrangements are under the care and trust of Volusia Memorial Funeral Home, 548 N. Nova Rd., Ormond Beach, FL
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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Nov. 14, 2012