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Anna Claire Benakis


1933 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Anna Claire Benakis Obituary
Benakis, Anna Claire



Anna Claire Benakis went to be with the Lord, Thursday, October 6. She passed away at the New Mexico Veterans Home in Tor C NM after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.

She was born in Albuquerque in 1933. Anna Claire attended St. Vincent's girls school and UNM.

Known as Ace, or AC, and Ya Ya to her grandchildren, Anna Claire was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Anna Claire assisted with the family restaurants and in later years was a secretary at UNM in the athletic dept.

She was preceded in death by her parents Steve and Alice Balling; her husband, Gus Benakis and her brother Steve Balling. She is survived by her two sons, David and wife Yvette of Colorado Springs and their children Ashley, David and wife Ashley, and Josh; son Gus and wife Becky of Silver City and their children Ted and Christine.

Gus and David would like to express our sincerest gratitude to the entire staff of caregivers at the NM Veteran's Home for their wonderful, compassionate, and dignified care of our Mom the the last 5 years.

The funeral mass will be Tuesday, October 11 at 9:00 a.m. at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 5415 Fortuna Rd NW.
Published in Albuquerque Journal on Oct. 9, 2016
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