Lois M Bensen

February 9, 1931December 5, 2010

Lois Mae Bensen passed away December 5, 2010. She is survived by her three sons Robert G. (Amy) Bensen Jr. of Moreland Hills, Ohio; Dwaine A. (Holly) Bensen of Russell, Ohio; and Douglas W. (Sarah) Bensen of Fort Worth, Texas.

Lois was born on February 9, 1931 in Cleveland, Ohio and graduated from Cleveland Heights High School. She resided primarily in Pepper Pike, Ohio, Blairsville, Georgia, and Naples, Florida. Lake Temagami, Canada was often her summer home and Mauna Kea, Hawaii was a favorite wintering place with her husband, Robert G. Bensen Sr. Together they were members of the Shaker Heights Country Club, the Wyndemere Country Club, and the Royal Poinciana Golf Club.

Lois enjoyed traveling the world to Europe, Japan, Australia, China, Singapore, Thailand, New Zealand, Bali, and Norway. She spent much of her time photographing her adventures in travel but also enjoyed photographing cats, birds, plants, and animals at home. The fruit of her passion was captured in her wonderful landscape and portrait paintings. Lois was also an avid reader of historical biographies.

Her greatest treasure, though, was her three sons, whom she adored. That same love, kindness and gentleness of spirit endeared her to many, many friends.

Services will be observed privately by the family.


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December 20, 2010

Dear Bob, Dwaine, Doug, and families,
I have so many good memories of our years on Creekside, and your mom was an integral part of them. I can see her face lit up with a smile, hear her laugh or her call out to the yard for one of you guys. I remember the visit to Lake Temagami when our practical joke on her and Tag Heinen backfired. She faithfully acknowledged birthdays and Christmases long after we were able to visit face-to-face. What a sweet and gentle spirit she was. My sincere sympathy is with each of you. Love, Christy Rockhold

Wendy Kelsh

December 17, 2010

Bob, Dwaine, Doug, and families,
My condolences to you all. Your mom was definitely the sweetest member of your family. She was always welcoming, usually smiling, and I never heard her utter a harsh word in all the years we were growing up. I still remember when I discovered that she was a painter. I was in awe of her creativity and talent. It was great growing up next door to the Bensen family.
I received a birthday card from her every year until a few years ago. I loved staying in touch with her. I'm thinking of you all and sending heartfelt sympathies.
Wendy Merkel Kelsh

Bruce Corson

December 17, 2010

To the Bensen family,

We never met your mother. We moved into Chagrin Knolls next door not long after she went to the long-term care place, and met a couple of you over the many months. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Your mother sounds as if she was an accomplished woman.

Bruce & Ann Corson

Gary Shulman

December 15, 2010


I'm so sorry to hear about your mother. I still think about you from time to time and my experiences at Ecotran many, many moons ago. It seems like only yesterday when I was screwing up the routes for Hershey. In any event, you can see what I've been up to by visiting my websites ( and Chris and I have a horse farm in Novelty. Let me know what you've been up to since the Ecotran days, and I'm sure it has nothing to do with bus routes.

Again, my best to you and your family during these difficult hours.

Gary Shulman

Jeanne Cobbledick-Howard

December 13, 2010

Condolences to Lois's family. I knew her in high school and after. My brother and Bob Bensen Sr. were also good friends in high school and after. She always kept close track of friends. I have missed seeing her.

The staff of Wood-Kortright-Borkoski Funeral Home

December 7, 2010

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.