Mary Elizabeth Sturgess Benavidez

May 17, 1932April 2, 2021

Mary E. (nee Stephan) Sturgess Benavidez, 88, fortified with the sacraments of Holy Mother Church on Friday, April 2, 2021. Beloved wife of the late Paul "Ben" Benavidez; loving mother of Peggy Sturgess and Catherine (Jerry Miller) Colombo; dear grandmother of Andy (Lisa) Wenk, Ted (Jill) Wenk, and Samantha (Ryan) Domagalski; great-grandmother of Andrew, Jr., Zachary, Charlie, Cara, Ava, and Jack; dear sister of Louis (Janice) Stephan, and the late William, Joseph, Jimmy, Robert, Danny, and John Stephan; daughter of the late John & Mary (nee Kelley) Stephan. Mary was a graduate of McKinley High School.

SERVICES: Visitation 4-8pm Wednesday, April 7, 2021 Hoffmeister South County Chapel. Please meet directly at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Services for 11:30am Mass on Thursday, April 8, 2021. Interment Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorial contributions suggested to the Humane Society or American Heart Association.


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Thursday, April 8, 2021


Mary Elizabeth Sturgess Benavidez

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Mickey Jobst

April 7, 2021

Peggy and Cathy, I’m sorry for the loss of your Mom. I have many fond memories of Sissy, as she was known to the O’Donnell Family. May she Rest In Peace. May the many memories of her bring joy and peace to all of you. 💐

Dawn Hoover

April 4, 2021

My Dearest Peggy, I am so sorry for your loss. I know you were close to your mom and visited with her every chance you could. Just know she is now in a place with no pain and I am sure friends and family were there waiting with open arms. She loves you and wants you to be happy! Love you my friend! Love, Dawn Hoover

Fana Vogelbaugh

April 4, 2021

Peggy, Prayers, love and sympathy with Mom passing away . She was a beautiful, kind and understanding person -you were always there for her entire life. Know you will miss her dearly. I felt like I knew her with cards and calls. Prayers her suffering is now over and at peace during this Easter season.

Mary Follin

April 4, 2021

Dear Peggy and Family,

Thinking of you in your time of sorrow. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. May these words bring a measure of comfort. You're in my prayers.

Bobbie Thomas

April 4, 2021

Peggy & Family
I would like to say to the family that words cannot express the sadness I feel at your time and loss. Look to the hills above and know that the strength you need will come from all those around that loved you and your mom. I can remember the stories you shared with me on Saturday mornings how her hairdresser would come to her home and do her hair and how happy she felt when she came over. Peggy and family just remember all the good things that made you smile when you thought of Mary. May the Angels of Mercy surround each and every one of you. Be encouraged and strong for one another forever she loved each and every one of you.
Many blessings love your extended Family friend always much love. My prayers are with you all.🙏
Bobbie Thomas

Glenda Foster

April 3, 2021

Peggy, I am so sorry for your sadness of your mother’s passing. I know you were so close to her and will miss her terribly. Lean on your faith at this time and know your momma was welcomed into the glorious gates of Heaven with Jesus welcoming her in as His newest angel. Your mom has now progressed on to be your Guardian Angel and will keep watch over you from up above. Take care of yourself and know all your co-workers and friends at Abbott are with you and your family in thought and prayer.