Ilona "Nikki" Gonzalez
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Gonzalez, Ilona "Nikki" (Nee Benter ) Taken too soon on February 1, 2016 at the young age of 30. Loving mother of Oliver Gonzalez. Cherished daughter of Michael and Jeanette Benter. Proud sister of Mandy. She is further survived by other relatives and many friends. Ilona received her Bachelors and Masters degrees from Alverno College, making a lasting impact on the school. Through volunteering, working on the Alverno Alpha and as a recent adjunct instructor, she showed her commitment to education. Ilona encouraged Oliver at his various athletic activities and loved photographing her friends and family. Memorial Gathering Saturday at the funeral home from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. Memorial Services Saturday, February 6th at 3:00 PM at Joseph E. Sass Funeral Home, 1019 W. Oklahoma Ave. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Oliver's Education Fund appreciated.

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Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Feb. 5, 2016.
Memorial Gathering
01:00 - 03:00 PM
Memorial service
03:00 PM
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January 30, 2020
I still miss that beautiful smiling face
Kathleen Patterson
January 30, 2019
Ilona is missed daily....I miss seeing her sweet face
Kathleen Patterson
January 30, 2019
It is hard to believe that it has been two years since Ilona left us. I knew her only for a short time, but I liked her immediately! She was kind and loving and had an infectious smile. I am thinking of Ilona, her son, and the rest of her family during this difficult time.
Kelly Hadsell
October 21, 2016
May I offer my deepest condolences for such a community spirited individual as Nikki was.
Richard Helmbrecht
February 11, 2016
Benter's Family,

I am sorry for your loss. May you feel GOD'S presence during this difficult time.
Lula Rockette
February 9, 2016
Nikki Benter
February 9, 2016
I worked with Ilona at Executive Director, Inc. Ilona was a warm, outgoing and sincere person, who you could always depend on. She will be greatly missed.
Ken Janowski
February 8, 2016
I didn't know her but as a fellow Alverno Alumna, we are sisters. I am praying for the family and for her memory to live on in a way she deserves, representative of how she lived, not of how she was taken away.
February 7, 2016
RIP Ilona
Shannon Bazan
February 6, 2016
Dear Mike and Family,
Your UWM/Peck School colleagues are deeply sorry for your loss.
February 6, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this most difficult time.
The Shilling Family
February 5, 2016
My deepest sympathies to the Benter family on the passing of Nikki. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Sandy Stetter
February 5, 2016
While we haven't spoke since high school, I'm not sure that matters. The person I knew in High School was a fantastic, intelligent, and caring individual with a great sense of humor. Unfortunately, this tragic event has made me more aware of how amazing she was... A loving mother, multiple degree holder, hard worker, and community volunteer - Obviously, the type of person I knew in high school hasn't changed. I hope the excellent memories her friends and family have of/with her continue to help them during this difficult time. Too young - Too soon.
Brian Jurkiewicz
February 5, 2016
I will always cherish the friendship with Ilona. She was a wonderful young woman. She was bright and so talented. My heart aches and pray for Oliver and the rest of her family.
Kathi Patterson
February 5, 2016
Dear family and friends I am sincerely sorry for the loss of your loved one May you find comfort in knowing that those who have passed on in death God keeps in his memory because they are precious in his eyes Psalms116:15. L.K.
February 5, 2016
My sincerest condolences to the Benters, Oliver, and the rest of her family and friends. I hold dear many cherished childhood memories growing up with "Nikki." She was a beautiful person inside and out. She will truly be missed. May she rest in peace.
Adria Brzenk
February 5, 2016
Although I worked with Ilona for only a short time, I immediately recognized what an outstanding woman she was. She was intelligent, caring and had a wonderful sense of humor and love of life. My thoughts and prayers are with Ilona's family and friends. I am truly grateful that I had the pleasure of knowing Ilona.

--Kelly Hadsell
February 5, 2016
My condolences go out to Ilona's son and family, I pray that you will some how find peace during this difficult time. Every memory I have with Ilona, we were laughing. She had a selfless heart and great sense of humor. She volunteered to be my wedding photographer when my husband and I were married and didn't charge me for the negatives or her time. She also constructed a DVD video of pictures of my family and made copies for each one of us, during the last Christmas we spent with my dad before he died. She always gave me encouragement during my difficult times especially when I was in nursing school, she was one of my biggest fans. She will always forever be in my heart. I love you Ilona, may you be at peace.
Gina Czubinski
February 5, 2016
My deepest sympathy goes out to Ilona's son and family. Ilona was the sweetest person on earth and will be truly missed by all. She is now a guardian angel over us all and especially Oliver.

Anne Colton
West Allis, WI
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