Jill A. Fletcher Benda

July 17, 1957September 27, 2019

Jill Ann (Fletcher) Benda

Jill, 62, passed away unexpectedly on September 27th, 2019, at her home. Jill was born on July 17, 1957 in Lincoln, Nebraska to Bob and Nancy Fletcher. She was preceded in death by her father, Bob Fletcher. Jill had one son, Justin Schmidt (father, Mike Schmidt), of Omaha, Nebraska, who was the shining star in her life. She loved him as much as anybody is capable of loving another person.

She is survived by four siblings, Cindy (Jim) Ware, Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Scott (Julie) Fletcher, Lisa (Ron) Wise and Cory (Janell) Fletcher, all of Lincoln, Nebraska. Jill had several nieces and nephews who were so fond of her and will miss her terribly. Jill loved her family fiercely, as well as her sweet dog, Buddha. She was the perfect pet owner doting on Buddha day and night. She spent her career as an elementary school teacher. She loved connecting with the kids as well as the other teachers and staff. It is hard to tell how many lives she touched while teaching for decades. She was especially wonderful with the special education children, many of whom became her friend on a personal level.

There will be a visitation held on Thursday, October 17th, from 5-8 p.m. at Lincoln Memorial. Her service will be held on Friday, October 18th, at 3 p.m., in the chapel at Lincoln, Memorial, 6800 South 14th Street, Lincoln, NE 68512. A private family graveside service will follow. If you attend either the visitation or service, we ask that you wear red or Nebraska Huskers attire in honor of Jill’s love for Nebraska sports.


  • Scott Fletcher, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Cory Fletcher, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Lisa Wise, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Cindy Ware, Honorary Pallbearer


17 October


5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home

6800 S. 14th Street
Lincoln, Nebraska 68512

18 October

Celebration of Life

3:00 pm

Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home

6800 S. 14th Street
Lincoln, Nebraska 68512


Jill A. Fletcher Benda

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Carrie Brison

October 14, 2019

Hey mom, it’s me, Buddha. I miss our walks, and our talks. I miss our snuggles. I know you miss me too, but know I am happy mom. I am with a great family, and am so loved. I have 5 human siblings, Andy (you know Brent friend), 3 dog siblings and 2 cat siblings! I’m not sure about those cats but I sure am interested in those cats. I have a big big fenced yard, on 5 acres and tons of toys. I know you are smiling down and know I am safe. Until we snuggle again. Woof!

Jenise Mizell

October 13, 2019

Jill was always a delight to work with! She always included me in her lessons when I worked in her classroom ! She checked on me repeatedly when I had my mastectomy surgery and took me out to lunch! She remembered that sea turtles were my favorite and bought me a necklace that I still wear to this day! I will miss her terribly. But I know she is looking out for me up there!!

Patty Gerlach

October 11, 2019

Always loved getting to see Jill will always remember her giggly laugh and she always had a sparkle in her eyes. She was a very special person and touched many lives. She will be missed by many.