Elsie (Benke) Craig

Obituary
  • "I remember Elsie as a faithful choir members along with Ed..."
    - Phil Holzman


Elsie M. (Benke) Craig, 101, formerly of Shillington, passed away January 11, 2019, at Berks Heim.

She was the widow of Edward N. Craig. They married September 17, 1955. Born in West Patterson, N.J., she was a daughter of the late Rudolph and Amelia Benke.

She was a 1936 graduate of Reading Standard Evening High School. She was employed by CNA Insurance

Company as a clerk and supervisor for 47 years, retiring in 1984. After retiring she enjoyed volunteering and traveling with her husband.

Elsie was an active member of St. John's German

Lutheran Church, Reading, where she served as a Sunday School teacher, in the choir and on various committees. She was a member of The Horizon (Encore) Senior

Citizens Chorus of Reading. Elsie loved reading, hiking, bowling, singing and good music.

Elsie is survived by two nieces, Eleanor June Offenderlein, Womelsdorf; and Hildegard, wife of Lew Rodgers, Md. One grand-niece, Emily Rodgers; and one grand-nephew, Evan Rodgers, also survive her.

She was predeceased by her sister, Adelaide G. Offenderlein; and her brother, William Benke.

Services will be Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home Inc., 739 Penn Ave., West Reading, with burial to follow at Forest Hills Memorial Park. Friends may call Wednesday from 10 to 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. John's German Lutheran Church, 521 Walnut Street,

Reading, PA 19601.

Online condolences may be recorded at www.kuhnfuneralhomes.com.

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Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc. - West Reading
739 Penn Avenue
West Reading, PA 19611
610-374-5440
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Published in Reading Eagle on Jan. 13, 2019