NORTH WOODSTOCK - Patricia Celia Benza of N. Woodstock, passed away peacefully in Satellite Beach, Fla., on June 13, 2013. Born Aug. 22, 1932, in New York City, Patricia was the only child of Teresa Celia and Thomas Patrick Lynch.
She and her childhood sweetheart, Sebastian Anthony "Buz" Benza, retired vice president of the Bank of New York, have been married for 60 years. She and Buz are the parents of five children, Regina (married to Hamdi Abdou), Thomas (married to Geralyn), Patricia (married to Warren Bahr), John (married to Debbie) and Suzanne (married to Jim Colangelo). All five children were raised in New Rochelle, N.Y., and along with Buz, are graduates of Iona College.
Pat was a loving grandmother to 11 grandchildren, Michael and his wife Elaine Palladino (also Iona College graduates), Thomas and his wife, Becca Benza, Andrew and wife, Ashley Palladino, Joseph and wife, Kendal Benza, Joanna Benza, Anne Marie Bahr, Jesse Benza, Stephen Colangelo, Nicole Colangelo; and one great-grandson, Jack Benza, with two more great-grandsons on the way.
Pat/Mom/Nanny was the rock of the family, avid reader, artist, and created many wonderful traditions, holidays and summers on Mirror Lake Road in North Woodstock.
services: A wake will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19, at Fournier-Hale Funeral Home in North Woodstock. A Mass of the Catholic Resurrection will be celebrated at 10 a.m. June 20, at St. Joseph Church in Lincoln. An immediate burial will follow at Woodstock Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Joseph's Indian School, P.O. Box 300, Chamberlain, S.D. 57325.
Anyone wishing to share a memory or send the family a message is asked to please visit Pat's guestbook at www.beachfuneralhome.com