Jean G. Benson
January 7, 1926 – May 12, 2020
Jean Gartner Benson, age 94 of Chesterland Township, passed away on May 12, 2020. Born January 7, 1926, in Boston, MA, she was the daughter of Elizabeth Zepfler Gartner and Walter C. F. Gartner. She graduated from Needham High School (MA) in 1943, earned a bachelor of arts from the University of New Hampshire in 1947, and a master of arts from Case Western Reserve University in 1969. She met Kirk L. Benson at the University of New Hampshire and they married on September 13, 1947. Kirk died in 2000. Jean is survived by her sisters Betty Maloney of Boulder, CO, and Louise Birkhead of Syracuse, NY; her children Judy Harrold (Stan) of Orangeburg, SC, Kirk L. Benson Jr. (Vickie) of Chesterland, Douglas Benson (Pat) of Newbury, and Glen Benson (Chris) of Munson, 10 grandchildren, and 18 great grandchildren. Jean taught for many years at the Claridon Elementary School. She belonged to, and was active in, the Chesterland Community Church, the Chesterland Historical Society and she volunteered at the Geauga County Hospital. She also helped a Vietnamese family attain US citizenship by teaching them English. She enjoyed knitting, weaving, reading, gardening, walking, swimming, and attending concerts. A public memorial service will be held at a later date at the Chesterland Community Church.
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Jean G. Benson
May 29, 2020
To Mrs. Bensons Family, Jean was a great lady. My son was in her 4th. Grade class at Claridon Elementary. Jason is 46 now and remembers her well. Our sympathy to all. Larry and Pat Chapman
Pam Jordan Malensek
May 28, 2020
I am so sorry to learn of Mrs. Benson’s passing! She was one of my favorite teachers and I have nothing but fond memories of being in her class! I remember her sending home chalk to my mom with my school work when I was out with the German measles because I had wanted to be a teacher like her!
My sister, Kathy, was in the hospital with a broken arm when Glenn was in. I don’t know what he was in for but somewhere my mom has pictures of them! lol
I was glad to run into her all the time at Geauga and even got to call her a year or so ago and she remembered me! What a wonderful conversation we had!! ❤️
Pam Jordan Malensek
Class year of 1970-1971 Graduated 1979
May 28, 2020
The Benson family is a strong & warm memory of my childhood growing up on Bardwell Drive. I remember Mr. Benson's patience with my endless questions as they were building their house. I remember the birthday cakes Mrs. Benson baked with foil wrapped coins inside; how she made us feel welcome in her home on rainy days, and most especially the day she treated my scrapped arms and legs when my bicycle and I came to grief. Mrs. Benson was always smiling, gracious and caring. When my mother was in her final days at the hospital Mrs. Benson always had a warm greeting and comforting words for me. I'm grateful for all of the kindnesses of the entire Benson family and send my condolences and best wishes to all of you.
Richard & Gloria Allin
May 21, 2020
We are thinking of you and offer our sincere condolences.
Rich & Gloria Allin
May 20, 2020
Jean Benson was a kind person who kept tabs and was interested about everyone, bless her heart. There are great memories growing up in the country with so many friendly neighbors. One favorite memory included all of us (a huge group of fun-loving kids) enjoying Trick and Treating where we were invited indoors for a seat, conversation and discussion of the day with Mrs. Benson while waiting for Judy to dispense the treats. Going up the hill was similar to embracing the unknown, meaning anything could happen with sound effects of barking dogs---a real Halloween scare!
We last saw Jean the Fall of 2012, accompanied with other neighbors paying respect at my father's memorial. Sympathy and God's graces to the Benson Family.
May 19, 2020
It was an honor and a joy to have known Jean as a gift shop volunteer at UH Geauga Medical Center. I always looked forward to our conversations and appreciated her knowledge as well as love for others. I smile as I think of her. May God Bless her family with the beautiful memories of how she lived and helped others in so many wonderful ways. Peace be with you all.
May 18, 2020
To Jeans family: I am so sorry for your loss. I got to know Jean when she volunteered at Geauga Hospital & I always looked forward to the days she worked. She shared many stories of her years in New England, days on the Cape, stories of her mom, teaching days, having all the family over for holidays, her travels and all things that interested her (including Kirk). She also shared her love of her children & grandchildren. What a great lady-I know you will miss her laugh and outgoing spirit. I sure missed visiting with her in the years before I retired.
My sincere condolences to you all.
May 18, 2020
I didn't know Jean as long as others but I will always remember her. I got the opportunity to see her at a lot of family gatherings and let her critique my home made wine. I will always remember the clambakes with her at Kirk's and the gatherings at Mark and Jenn's.
It was nice reading the memories others posted. It is obvious she was loved and loved others as well. Rest in Peace ❤
May 17, 2020
To all the Benson family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Jean was a strong woman in many ways and in all of your lives. She will be remembered by so many.
My strongest memories of Jean are all the fun clam bakes we attended through the years at Kirk Jr. and Vickie Benson's. I really enjoyed bowling with Jean as well, great times! I also recall what a proud grandma she was helping with the triplets and always including Jen as a big-little helper. You will be missed by all. R.I.P.
Bev Brockett Bowden
May 17, 2020
I will miss Jean’s welcoming presence at church and her delightful laugh during the service auction each year. May your happy memories bring you comfort.
May 17, 2020
Mrs. Jean Benson will always live in my memory and in my heart. She and her entire family ~ Mr. B, sons, and daughter Judy, were an integral part of my childhood and upbringing there at the end of Bardwell Drive. My older sister Elizabeth and Judy were close friends, and our parents---along with the Fowler family and Angel family, all supported one another during the busy years when all of us kids needed guidance, looking after, and occasionally some 'correction' too. (We got away with a lot back then in the "Wild West" of the 60s---but once in a while the parental power was necessary to rein us back a bit)
Some of my favorite memories of Jean include her making home made donuts with her family in her home kitchen---and I got to horn in on some of that delicious action. I remember a few afternoons, probably around age 5, when her son Glen, myself, and Andy Fowler were all being served the finest bologna sandwiches and (probably) Koolaid or Hawaiian Punch at a little child's size table in that same kitchen...Jean was always kind, smiling, and very, very patient with us.
Glen, Carol, and Andy---we were the TRIO who ran about the neighborhood in our little pack, scurrying to hide from "the Big Kids", making towns in sandboxes, building dams in the creek, or often, on rainy days, standing in the Benson's house in front of their entryway closet, which was filled with the board games of the time---we would choose one and play all afternoon. The Benson's also had a fine Maple tree for climbing in their front yard. It was a kind of test when we were little---learning how to climb it, daring each other---and I remember Jean standing beside that tree and telling us it was time for us to come down from there. Jean was also an expert boo-boo fixer. Often there would be a scrape or a bee sting that needed attending to ~ A more contemporary memory is Jean attending my own Mother's memorial back in 2006. It was wonderful to see her again. God Bless you Jean!
May 13, 2020
Goodbye to an old friend..say hello to all we've lost as you pass them by..I'll miss our yearly Christmas cards for the last 50 years..you were so funny and such a 'hoot' and I'll miss us sharing family news,rest in peace my dear.Say,hello to my mom and dad too.