Gerald Benson (1923 - 2014)

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Gerald O.L. "Smokey" Benson, 90, 850 Alexander St., Brockway, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family Saturday evening July 26, 2014.
Born Oct. 29, 1923, in Shawmut, he was the son of the late John Alfred and Ellen Carlson Benson.
He attended the Horton Township Schools and was a lifelong resident of the area.
He served his country honorably in the U.S. Army during World War II as a medic in Europe with the 96th General NP Hospital. He was one of three surviving members of his unit at the time of his passing.
He married Anna Marie Esposito, R.N., on June 21, 1958. She preceded him in death July 5, 1994.
He was Catholic by faith and was a member at St. Tobias in Brockway. He travelled throughout the country as a mechanic and lehr specialist for The Brockway Glass Company and retired after 46 years of service.
Gerald was a life member of American Legion Post #95 in Brockway. He was also a member of The Brockway Sportsman's Association and The Horton Township Sportsman's Club.
Known to all as "Grampy", he enjoyed spending time with his family and many close friends, especially his grandchildren. No matter the occasion, Grampy was always a generous host. He was an outstanding cook and loved to prepare delicious meals on his grill and to entertain in his famous garage.
In his spare time, he loved to work on numerous projects in his basement workshop with the many tools he collected over the years. From time to time, he enjoyed a taste of Old Grand Dad 114 while celebrating many wonderful times with his family. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by three children: Kevin M. (Karen) Benson of Lawrence, Marcia Ann (Bob) Weitzel of Brockway, and Christopher "Smoke" (Stephanie) Benson of Brockway; and three grandchildren: Elizabeth Weitzel and Andrew and Anthony Benson all of Brockway. He is also survived by sisters-in-law: Genevieve "Keeker" Benson, Josephine Bruzga and Patricia Esposito; brothers-in-law, John (Jerry) Esposito and Richard Esposito; and many nieces and nephews.
Gerald was the last surviving member of his immediate family. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Viola (Jim) Linane and Gladys (Patsy) Cyone; and three brothers: infant Vernard, Kenneth (Ruth), and David (Keeker) Benson.
Friends will be received from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, at the Carlson-Shugarts Funeral Home Inc. in Brockway. A Vigil Service will be held at 8:45 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 30 at St. Tobias Church in Brockway with the Rev. Msgr. Charles Kaza presiding. Burial will follow in St. Tobias Cemetery. Full Military Honors will be accorded by members of Parson-Marnatti Post #95 American Legion Wednesday morning at the cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Jacqueline DeMarco Student Loan Fund through The Brockway Area School District 40 North St., Brockway, PA. 15824 or the Brockway Volunteer Hose Co., PO Box 253, Brockway, PA. 15824
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Carlson-Shugarts Funeral Home Inc
1033 4Th Ave
Brockway, PA 15824
(814) 268-2732
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Published in The Courier Express from July 28 to July 29, 2014
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