Lorelei Joyce Benatovich

February 13, 1935April 29, 2021

Lorelei Fox Benatovich, forever 39

No ordinary woman, beautiful inside and out, funny, warm, loving, generous, smart and a little bit of kookiness, Lorelei Fox Benatovich will be missed by her family more than imaginable. Anyone lucky enough to have known her, was quickly engulfed in her world- whether you wanted to hear about her daughters or her granddaughters or not!

Although born in the north (Minneapolis, Minnesota), she was raised in Houston, Texas, and always identified as a Texan, even if sometimes “misplaced” in New York or Rhode Island. Lorelei was a true Southerner- complete with a hint of accent (especially after a phone call with her parents or other Texas friends), Southern hospitality, and a few confed-erate dollars.

She attended Sophie Newcomb College (the women’s college of Tulane University) in New Orleans and was a member of the AE Phi Sorority. While visiting family in Buffalo, NY during the summers away from Hou-ston, she met her husband of 62 years, Harvey Benatovich, and lost most of her accent during her first Buffalo blizzard. At parties, the Benato-viches were always the first couple on the dance floor and the last to leave it! Her favorite dance spot, however, was in the back of the Am-phitheater in Chautauqua! A favorite nursery school teacher in her early career, she later opened Lo-relei Graphics Gallery and was tempted to run for Mayor of Buffalo. However, it was more important to her to never miss a match or game and to root for her kids’ sports teams. That tradition continued in the next generation and was she was a loyal, snack providing fan of Classical High School Girls’ Tennis Team in Providence, RI.

Survived by her loving daughters, Penny Benatovich and Lisa Brosofsky, her son in law, Dan Brosofsky, and the loves of her life, her twin grand-daughters Sarah and Jillian Brosofsky, as well as Eric Brosofsky, many nieces and nephews, cousins and countless wonderful friends. She was pre-deceased by her parents, Sam and Mary Fox, her brother, Myles Fox, as well her husband, Harvey Benatovich.

No one loved her family more than Lorelei. She lived for her “girls” and was a fierce Mombo/Mama Bear. A force of nature. Indelibly in our hearts and souls forever. A life full of love.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Lorelei’s honor and memory to Temple Beth- El of Providence, RI; The Miriam Hospital, Prov-idence, RI; Winslow Gardens/Alderbridge Community (E.Providence); Ev-ergreen House Health Center (E.Providence), and Hope Hospice (Provi-dence, RI). A memorial service celebrating Lorelei and Harvey will be held at a later date.


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Avra Friedfeld

May 4, 2021

Roy and I were so sorry to hear about Lorelei's passing. We had so many fun times together, including dozens of Passover celebrations! My kids always loved Lorelei's 'presents for Passover' which made my kids ask 'is this like Hanukkah?'
Lorelei had great and unconditional love for her family and large circle of extended friends. We shall miss her and send condolences to Penny, Lisa, Dan, Sarah, Jillian, Eric and her large extended family and friends.
Avra Friedfeld & Roy Doolittle

David Meisel

May 3, 2021

We were new to PVD and to Temple Beth El and I was an usher for Rosh Hashannah or Yom Kippur and here comes this lovely woman who simply screamed fashion!

Fortunate for me...she was the grandmother of my daughter's dear dear friends! Seeing Lorelei at the temple, in the community, or at a Brosofsky event was like being launched into a world of LOVE!

Her being was inclusiveness, love, and simply awesomeness! Being in her sphere is a gift you treasure!

My family is in shock to hear of her passing and all of our love and attention goes to Penny, Lisa, Dan, Sarah, and Gillian!

For 20+ years the twins have had love from really the best grandparents, the best aunt and uncle, and the most generous happy, and funny parents!

Lorelei was the ring leader of this love, passion, humor, and endless laughs that brought the twins and the rest of us JOY!

Iris November

May 2, 2021

It was around 1982 when Mort and I started coming to Chautauqua and met Harvey and Lorelei and Penny and Lisa. In 30 seconds or less we became best friends and shared so many adventures. Lorelei always provided food and fun and when we all spent a day on our pontoon boat, we never stopped laughing and eating!!! Lorelei wore a life jacket because whenever she was on our boat a sea monster kept making waves and bumping us— we called it Lorelei’s serpent!!! It was a magical time!!!