Lillian Marie Benson

Mystic - Lillian Marie (Stevko) Benson, 81, of Mystic, entered into eternal life on Dec. 7, 2012, in the comfort of her loving family at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London.

She was born in Newark, N.J., on Sept. 7, 1931, to Suzanna and Matthew Stevko. She grew up in Irvington, N.J., and graduated from Irvington High School, class of 1947.

At age 23 in Oct. 1954, she met the love of her life, Carl Edward Benson Jr. of Uncasville, while he was on active duty in the U.S. Army stationed in New Jersey. They were engaged to be married in November of that same year, just prior to Carl being sent to Korea for military service. During this period they corresponded on a daily basis. She later married Carl on June 30, 1956, upon his return from Korea. Carl and Lillian first settled in the town of Uncasville, however, they soon moved to Mystic where they lived happily together for more than 50 years. Lillian and Carl were faithfully married for 56 years. Lillian was a kind hearted person who loved animals, was an avid UConn Husky fan, and loved her teddy bear collection. She was a beautiful woman who accepted all regardless of their faults and or differences. Lillian believed in finding the good in people rather than judging them for their faults.

She was a lifelong wife, mother, and grandmother who loved having family parties and events where she enjoyed the loud debates and discussions of those in attendance. When the noise got loud and the debates were long, she just sat at the table smiling for she knew it was just her family being the Benson family. She raised five children in her home in Mystic, often by herself because her husband's work required him to be away from home, sometimes for several days and at times for several weeks.

Lillian was predeceased by her parents, Matthew and Suzanna Stevko; also her sister, Mildred Brevnik.

She is survived by her sister, Dorothy King of Santa Clarita, Calif.; her son, James Benson of Charlotte, N.C.; daughters, Joni Donnelly of Torrington, Susan Picken of Groton, Mary Slater of New London, and Kathy Jo Benson of New London. She is also survived by five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and also many nieces and nephews.

Her family will receive relatives and friends from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, at the Fulton Theroux Funeral Home, 181 Ocean Ave., New London. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, at St. Mary Mother of the Redeemer Church, Top of Fort Hill, Groton. Interment will immediately follow the mass at St. Patrick's Cemetery, Depot Road, Montville.

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In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Lillian's name to the Town of Groton Animal Control, 68 Groton Long Point Road, Groton, CT 06340.

Funeral Home

Fulton-Theroux Funeral Service
181 Ocean Ave New London, CT 06320
(860) 443-8355

Published in The Day on Dec. 10, 2012