Karli Dilynna (Bennett) VanBenthusen (1984 - 2015)

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Karli Dilynna (Bennett) VanBenthusen, 31, of Orlando, Fla., passed away peacefully at her home on Sept. 26, 2015, after a long and courageous battle with ovarian cancer.
She was born Aug. 1, 1984, in San Francisco, Calif., to Mary Beth (Jackson) Bennett and Clifford Bennett. She married Patrick VanBenthusen March 21, 2010, in Charleston, S.C.
Karli grew up in Brockway, Pa., where she attended Brockway Area High School.
In 2002, she moved to Orlando and attended the University of Central Florida. Karli obtained her bachelor's degree from the UCF Rosen School of Hospitality.
Karli's personality was infectious, and her unique way of connecting with people could brighten any room. She also had a tenacious and giving heart in making the world a better and cleaner place. Karli spent countless hours cleaning up her neighborhood and pouring her heart into recycling. She loved to volunteer her time, and gave her time to Meals on Wheels and IDignity. Karli also volunteered with the and where she gained a second family. She enjoyed quilting, reading, crafting and traveling. She was a true inspiration on how to live each day to the fullest and love without expectations. Though her time on earth was short, her spirit will carry on forever.
Karli is survived by her loving husband, Patrick VanBenthusen of Orlando, Fla.; mother, Mary Beth Bennett of Reynoldsville; father, Clifford Bennett of DuBois; sisters, Cory Bennett of Columbus, Ohio, and Victoria Bennett of Orlando, Fla.
A celebration of life service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, at Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens, 633 Osceola Avenue, Winter Park, Fla.
In lieu of flowers, Karli's family is requesting contributions to the be made on her behalf.
Published in The Courier Express from Oct. 2 to Oct. 3, 2015
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