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THELMA BENSON KALNEN Thelma Benson Kalnen passed away peacefully at Davis Health Care Center on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. She was born on January 7, 1930, one of nine children of parents Mary E. and Joseph A. Benson. She was married to the late Theodore "Ted" R. Kalnen for 63 years, living in Castle Hayne with their five children. Thelma was a nurturing mother and the ultimate homemaker caring for her children and grandchildren, maintaining a spotless home, cooking delicious meals and made any visitor feel welcomed in her home. She is survived by children Linda Kalnen, Deborah Kalnen, Ted Kalnen (wife Rebecca Kalnen )and Martin Kalnen along with eight grandchildren; Rae Salling, Krystal Jefferson, Nick Blanton, Kevin Huffman, Matthew Kalnen, Jasmine Henley, Chesley Kalnen and Savannah Kalnen; ten great-grandchildren and her very special niece, Julie Canaday. She is also survived by her siblings, Peg Benson, Jimmy Benson, Clifton Benson and Patricia Van Tilburg. She was predeceased in death by her son, Michael. Visitation will be Friday, July 25, 2014 from 6-7:30pm, at Andrews Mortuary Market Street Chapel. A private family service will be held on Saturday, July 26, 2014, at noon, at Oleander Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be designated to the NHRMC Foundation, 2259 South 17th Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 for the Pink Ribbon Project or the Hospitality House. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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Andrews Mortuary & Crematory - Market Street Chapel
Wilmington, NC 28401
Published in the Wilmington Star-News from July 24 to July 26, 2014
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