Anita M. Benson
Loving Mother, Grandmother, and Great-grandmother
Wolcott – Anita Marie Benson, 104, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 22, 2020 with family beside her. She was reunited in heaven with the love of her life, husband and best friend, Ralf Benson.
Anita was born in Waterbury on October 21, 1915, the daughter of the late Hiram and Adela (Supernaute) Smith. A graduate of Waterbury Catholic High School. She was a parishioner of St. Pius X Church and a member of their Ladies Guild.
Family was her greatest treasure and she loved every moment spent with them. She also enjoyed many years of traveling with her good friends, Stella and Florence. A true fan of the Boston Red Sox and UConn Basketball. Whether attending games or watching on TV, she never missed the opportunity to cheer on the Husky Women.
Compassionate, graceful, dignified, with a heart filled with love. We were all blessed to have her in our lives. As a mother, grandmother, great grandmother, or friend, she will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her children, Carol Marchand, and her husband, Armand; Joel Benson, and his wife, Judi; Joan Henry, and her husband, Gary; Claire Vastola, and her husband, Chris; and her daughter in law, Nancy Benson; her five grandchildren, Joel Benson, and his partner, Laura Goodger; Gary Benson; Keith Benson, and his wife, Elizabeth; Alexandrea Isaac, and her husband, Ron; Christina Royce, and her husband, Allen; and her five great grandchildren, Sophia Benson; James Benson; Eli Isaac; Cecilia Royce; and Savannah Royce.
Anita was predeceased by her husband, Ralf Benson; her son, Rolfe Benson; her grandsons, Adam Henry and Nathan Henry; her siblings, Robert Smith; Lois (Smith) Clarke; and Howard Smith.
The family would like to thank the staff of VITAS Health Care at St. Mary’s Hospital for their care and compassion in Anita’s final days.
Always remember to live life to the fullest, be kind, eat dark chocolate every day and slow dance in the kitchen with the one you love.
Calling hours will be on Wednesday, February 26 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for friends and family at Woodtick Memorial, 420 Woodtick Road, Wolcott. Funeral and burial will be held privately.
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