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DiLuzio Foley And Fletcher Funeral Homes

33 Marlboro Street, Keene, NH

OBITUARY

Elizabeth A. Benjamin

March 10, 1943December 26, 2019

Elizabeth A. Benjamin, of Spofford, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 26th, 2019 after losing her battle with cancer.

Born in Maine on March 10th, 1943 to Edwin and Margaret Heinonen, Liz dedicated her life to fighting for others and leaving the world a better place for all. Having spent much of her life building a family in Spofford with her late husband Richard, she was equally committed to supporting the community of Chesterfield from her time spent as an EMT, fire fighter and member of the school board to serving as a town selectman and tax collector. Most recently, she was prepared to go back to Chesterfield school in the Fall where she has served as an aid to many students for over 19 years. A place that truly became her second home, and its staff and students were nothing short of family.

In all, she has spent nearly 50 years giving back to the wonderful community that ultimately gave back to her; lifting her up in her final days. Her gift to the world was a tenacious willingness to take care of others, and celebrate in the spiritual connectedness we all share with the world around us.

Liz is survived by her sister: Kathy; her two sons: Nicholas and Alexander; daughter-in-law: Whitney; as well as her three grandchildren: Noah, Wynston, and Theodore.

Prior to her passing, she hoped to share in one last gathering to honor this life we’ve been grateful to share together. True to her hope and in that spirit, we are inviting all who knew her to gather on January 12th, 2020 at the Chesterfield Town Hall, 490 Route 63, Chesterfield, NH from 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm for one final opportunity to remember and celebrate with joy.

In lieu of any flowers or gifts, the family would welcome any donations made to the Chesterfield School Art and Music Departments. No gift is too small, and as Liz would argue, nothing you ever do for children is wasted.

  • DONATIONS

  • Chesterfield School Art and Music Departments

Services

  • Celebration of Life Sunday, January 12, 2020

Memories

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Gail Shea Grainger

January 12, 2020

I knew Liz as a kind, caring, dedicated, and artistic friend and colleague. I first knew Liz as Sean, Nick, and Alex‘s mother. Liz was dedicated to the town of Chesterfield and everyone who lives there. She was a School Board Member, tax collector, and later, an employee of Chesterfield School. Liz’s spirit will live on through her children, grandchildren, and everyone knew her. Rest in peace dear friend.

Lorraine DiGeronimo

January 11, 2020

Liz was one of the most caring and kind hearted people I have ever met. While working with her at Chesterfield School, there was nothing she wouldn't do for her students and the staff she worked with. Everyone knew that Chesterfield School was Liz's second home. Before school, you could find Liz working with students in the "Think Tank" or after school working on bulletin boards down in the Middle School wing. She also loved the outdoor classroom and spent time making a door and buying cushions for the wigwam to make it more comfortable. She was incredibly artistic and would let nothing go to waste. From her beautiful calligraphy to her talent for repurposing, Liz could turn anything into a treasured work of art. I remember when she took a pile of Indian feathers that the SS teacher had and made a beautiful dream catcher for him. Her focus was always centered around the students. Liz was an incredible role model for all of us and she will be greatly missed!

Lorraine DiGeronimo

January 11, 2020

Liz was one of the most caring and kind hearted people I have ever met. While working with her at Chesterfield School, there was nothing she wouldn't do for her students and the staff she worked with. Everyone knew that Chesterfield School was Liz's second home. Before school, you could find Liz working with students in the "Think Tank" or after school working on bulletin boards down in the Middle School wing. She also loved the outdoor classroom and spent time making a door and buying cushions for the wigwam to make it more comfortable. She was incredibly artistic and would let nothing go to waste. From her beautiful calligraphy to her talent for repurposing, Liz could turn anything into a treasured work of art. I remember when she took a pile of Indian feathers that the SS teacher had and made a beautiful dream catcher for him. Her focus was always centered around the students. Liz was an incredible role model for all of us and she will be greatly missed!

Dilly Trebilcock

January 7, 2020

Liz worked for me at Dilly’s for Kids for many years. She was always so incredibly positive and full of life. Everyone loved her. We especially loved her fashion sense and jewelry!

I was so sorry to hear of her passing. I will unfortunately not be able to attend the celebration of her amazing life on the 12th but I will be there in spirit!

lorraine scrivani

January 6, 2020

Liz was unique yet versatile. She played many roles in Chesterfield and was an intricate part of the town, She will be missed by all that knew her as well as many that did not know her.
Sleep well Dear Liz

Kelli Rooney Hanzalik

January 5, 2020

It is difficult to truly articulate the tremendous impact Liz Benjamin had on the children of Chesterfield School, their parents, and the community.

Liz, you were a special part of all our lives, and I thank you for your caring and guidance for all three of my children over the years.

You are loved and will be missed... your memory forever woven into the historic fabric of this community.

Beth Hansel

January 4, 2020

I have a deep appreciation for how connected Liz remained with our family, even after my children had passed through Chesterfield School. I've known Liz for about 26 years, as I had the opportunity to know her sons and to know the family. Liz was genuinely interested in the activities of my children and their well-being. I will always remember how she worked with my daughter on a project. My daughter felt noticed and supported. Liz's continual efforts to support the children in this community will be missed.

Nick and Alex--Hello. It's been a long time. I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom was a strong, positive, individual. I know that you carry on her ideals and drive. I still have, on my desk at school, the glass purple star paperweight she gave to me as Nick graduated KHS. I think of you all quite frequently, and I hope you are doing well and staying strong, especially in this time of sadness. Your mom was one of those people that I didn't see often, but when I did, I knew we could talk and chat and pick up from where we'd left off last. She was an asset to Chesterfield School, to the town, and to the people in this community. She will be missed. Best regards to you both.

Helen Ann Kelly

January 4, 2020

Liz was a most amazing woman---strong, sophisticated, and stylish! She was so giving --to family, friends, and community. Her spirit made me happy to know her and celebrate special times in her life along with her family and friends. I have to smile when I think of how many times I asked her to take our tax payment to her town office after leaving Chesterfield School. Also, I had to comment often on her super outfits and beautiful hair! At school, she often asked me for fun word games to share with the students AND we most often chatted about her sons and grandchildren with smiles and caring! God Bless Elizabeth Benjamin---after her fight with cancer--may she rest in peace
and may we all be better people for knowing her. XOXO
PS Alex and Nick--my heart is with you and hope you can cherish memories of your sweet mom!

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY