In Memory of

Joan Marie Benson

August 26, 1939 - September 14, 2011
Joan Marie Benson passed away September 14, 2011 in Cherokee, Iowa after a long and courageous battle against cancer. She was born August 26, 1939 in Cherokee, the daughter of Wilbert and Ruth George. After graduating from Quimby High School in 1958 as salutatorian, she worked at Sioux Valley Hospital in the medical records area. In addition, she worked at several financial institutions in the Cherokee area, including Sioux Valley S&L, Central Trust and Central Bank. She was a part owner and employed by Benson Oil of Cherokee from the late 1960's to the early 1980's. Her greatest personal accomplishment was raising six boys and giving them the love and support to become successful in life. Joan was a long-time member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church of Cherokee and was active in volunteering for events at the church. She was also a member of local women's groups, the Super Sisters, Red Hat Society, and her Thursday night dinner group of Jan, Elaine and Phyllis. Joan will be missed by a large family which was the source of much pride and joy in her life; Her sons Brad (Renae) Benson of Urbandale, Dan Benson of Seattle, WA, Greg (Darcy) Benson of Spencer, Mark (Shelley) Benson of Meriden, Mike Benson of Overland Park, KS, and Todd (Melanie) Benson of Overland Park, KS. She is also survived by 18 grandchildren: Julia, Abagale, Shane, Bryce, Nathan, Blake, Ashley, Nicole, Gary, Traci, Eric, McKayla, Morgan, Kendal, Jack, Joe, Trey, and Harper and two great grandchildren: Presley, Kaeley. She is also survived by her mother Ruth George of Cherokee, two sisters Shirley George of Cherokee and Mary Kay France of Urbandale. She was preceded in death by her father Wilbert.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Saturday, September 17, 2011 at the Immaculate Conception Gymnasium.
Father Armand Bertrand
Brad Benson Dan Benson Greg Benson Mark Benson Mike Benson Todd Benson
Visitation will begin at noon on Friday, with the family present from 5:00-7:00 P.M. Friday night at Greenwood Funeral Home in Cherokee. There will be a prayer service at 7:00 P.M. Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Relay For Life or the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Organist- Suzanne Winterhof Vocalists- I.C. Funeral Choir
Maryhill Visitation Cemetery Rural Cherokee, Iowa


Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Lernaing a ton from these neat articles.”
- Janeece
Monday, October 10, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“My deepest sympathy to Joan's family on the tragic loss of this wonderful woman. She was a true friend, a caring person, and a grand lady. All whose lives she touched were truly blessed and she will be missed. God bless her family, may you be filled with memories that will give you comfort.”
- Sandy
Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“So sad to hear of your loss. Your Mom was a wonderful person and I remember what a great mom she was. I remember how many times she would bring you all to the swimming pool! I will pass your news onto my brother Dan and Dad. Thinking of all you boys!”
- Jill Maffin-Dushinske
Monday, September 19, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“your mom was a very strong LADY....some who was very admired. blessings to all of you at this difficult time. Mary and Ron Wuebben”
- mary wuebben
Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“I'm sorry to hear of your loss of Joan. I remember her frequently coming into the store (The Spice Rack). She was always a very pleasant person. My thoughts are with the family at this time.”
- Judi Klee (Owner, The Spice Rack)
Friday, September 16, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“so sry to hear about the loss of youre mom, she was great lady. was a very special person to my mom , jan. we shared the same birthdays, she always had a kind word. had a great smile on her face. my thoughts and prayers are with ya'll.”
- lora (jenkins) mc murrin
Friday, September 16, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.”
- Mike Brown Family
Friday, September 16, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Mike, We were very sorry to hear about your mom. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
- Jerry & Judy Grimsley
Friday, September 16, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Oh, so sorry. She will be missed in this world! Just such a good person with a beautiful spirit. God Bless her soul.”
- Becky & Dave Westphal
Friday, September 16, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“My Deepest Sympathy for the loss of your mother. She was a very special person. I am sorry I cannot be there to offer my condolences in person. Prayers for all of you.”
- Greta Lundsgaard-Vaughn
Friday, September 16, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Your mom was a great lady. I was always happy to see her and her upbeat attitude. I know she brought you boys all up well and is very proud of all of you. I will miss her kind attitude and her smile. I was blessed to know her and she always had a special place in my heart. She is in a better place. :)”
- Gary J Schallau
Friday, September 16, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Our sympathy, thoughts, and prayers to all of you in your loss. The video tribute was wonderful. It's easy to see that Joan lived a life filled with happiness and the love of many...all those grandchildren must have given her much joy! ”
- Cherie McMullen
Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“I'm so sorry for your loss. We know she is at peace,
finally. from a fellow classmate”
- Don Johnson
Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“We are so proud to have been friends!! Memories last forever!!”
- Ron and Jan Witcombe
Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“May Joan Benson rest in peace and God bless her sons and their families ”
- Robert C. Stratton
Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“I feel very lucky to have met Joan through Dan. She was a wonderful sweet lady and I know all her son's and extended family will miss her terribly. Dan, you and your family are in my prayers. I love you. ”
- Karen DeZearn
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