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39 South Main Street
Mechanicville, NY 12118
Phone: (518) 664-4500
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Jean Benham

Jean D. Benham (Volz)

Monday, September 2nd, 1929 - Friday, June 12th, 2020
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MECHANICVILLE - Mrs. Jean Benham, 90 of No. Main St, passed away at Samaritan Hospital, Friday June 12th, due to complications associated with COVID-19. Born in Green Island, Sept 2, 1929, daughter of the late Christy and Beatrice Clark Volz. A 1946 graduate of Heatly High School, Green Island, she also attended Mildred Elly. Shortly after high school, Jean moved to Mechanicville and married Walter J. Benham. Jean was a communicant of St. Paul's Catholic Church. Jean was all about her very large and loving family, whose adoration brought her great joy and happiness. In addition, she touched the lives of so many and will be missed by everyone who was blessed to have in their lives. After being very active raising her 5 children, Jean worked for Tagson's Paper Co and retired there after 30 years of service.
Jean was predeceased by her husband of 30 years, Walter J. Benham in 1981, her brother James Volz who was very kind and caring to her while she was a young girl, and a 19 day old infant daughter Mary Benham.
Survivors include her 5 children: Linda (Miguel) Negron, James Benham, Donna (Joe) DeVellis, Barb (Tony) Cuilla, Susan (Tom) Boehlert. Blessed and fortunate to have 15 grandchildren: Paul Woodcock, Carol Marx, Farrah D'Aloia, Mark Negron, Jennifer Alabiso, Alyssa Phelps, Juliana Fuchs, Lauren Cummings, Jeramy Lisky, Joey DeVellis, Jessica Daigneault, Tony Cuilla Jr. Timothy Cuilla, Trenda Vey, Tanya Munger. Jean continued to be even more blessed with 20 great grandchildren. Believe it or not, she could tell you every name of all her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Jean's family thanks the entire staff at St. Peter's Nursing for the wonderful care of our Mother, with special thanks to Sister Mary, Sister Pat, Jamie and Jovel.
A private service will be held at All Saints on the Hudson Church, Stillwater with burial to follow in St. Paul's Cemetery. Friends are invited to attend the committal service at St. Paul's Cemetery at approximately noon on Monday practicing social distancing..
Following the committal service, please attend the social distancing celebration of life for Jean at 39 West St, Mechanicville, catered by the Ugly Rooster Rest.,
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to either the Mechanicville Fire Dept or the Mechanicville Area Community center, in respectful memory of Jean D. Benham.
During this extremely difficult time, friends are encouraged to visit to share condolences, memories or photos they may have of Jean.
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    St. Paul's Cemetery
    62 Harris Avenue
    Mechanicville, NY 12118
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Marjorie Dorkin

Posted at 04:06pm
Dear children and family of Jean,

Our hearts are heavy with the grief of loss of Jean. In her quiet, sweet way, she became so embedded into our hearts. She and all of you, were such a wonderful addition to Table 9 at our lunch time gatherings. Her voice added so much to the conversations we shared. It was the little things... asking if her fries were hot and tasty... passing the salt, reminding her to stand with hands on the chair arms before reaching for her walker all with her beautiful smile! She put up with our jokes and antics that kept all of us in good humor. My Dad was especially fond of her and was so pleased to be in her company.

We miss my Dad, Jean and all of the other residents who have since died. We miss the families and the staff that made their best effort to make life in the home special.

Please accept my sincere sympathy for the loss of your Mom...

Margie Dorkin

Lisa Schermerhorn

Posted at 07:14pm
Barb, you know you have my deepest sympathy. Your mom was such a ray of sunshine. I'll never forget how my Mom and I met you. Sitting outside enjoying a beautiful day and kind enough to let us join you. That's how it all started. From then on, you were part of our "Circle of Friends" every Friday. Who doesn't like a party! I will always remember her with a smile. God Bless your family and always keep your memories close in your hearts.

Michael Tarsa

Posted at 11:09am
My sympathy to you and your family. Hope to see you soon at the rooster again soon with our cemetery Tuesday squad.

Paul O'Keefe

Posted at 01:32pm
My Condolences To The Family Of Jean Benham. I know She is the Grand Mother of my Friends, Paul Woodcock and Timothy Cuilla.-May Jean Rest In Peace!!! Paul O'Keefe

George Wichelns

Posted at 04:09pm
Linda, Jim, Donna, Barbara, Susan,
Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family’s. Your Mom was a good women with a kind heart and will surely be missed. She is now back in the arms of your Dad, her parents and those who have passed before her. She is now looking down on you all and will always be there in your time of need. May she Rest In Peace. The Wichelns family

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