Carolyn "Cokie" Marlene Benanti

April 24, 1942April 24, 2018

Carolyn Marlene “Cokie” Benanti, 76, of Springfield, passed away on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at Heritage Hospice.

She was born on April 24, 1942 in Springfield, the daughter of the late John and Clara Ilene (Nation) Benanti.

She graduated from Pleasant Plains High School and Springfield College in Illinois with an A.A. Degree. She then received her B.A. Degree from Carthage College and she was in the first graduating class in 1972 at Sangamon State University (now UIS).

She went to Grace Lutheran Church in Springfield since 1947 and at one time she sang in the choir and was a member of Grace Circle. She was an Eastern Star and National Honor Society. She taught in Riverton and Pleasant Plains school districts and she retired from Logan Correctional Center as a teacher. She also worked at the Department of Commerce and Community Affairs. Cokie loved playing the piano, working with her flowers, and doing word search.

She survived by her brother J. Curt (wife Valerie) Benanti; nephews Matthew Benanti and Nathaniel (wife Paula) Benanti; and niece Vanessa (husband David) Ervin; great-nephews Michael Benanti and Drake Ervin; great nieces Alaina Ervin and Denmark Foor; her special first cousins, Susan (husband Ray) Cane, Wayne (wife Sandy) Benanti, and Russell (wife Wendy) Nation and many cousins; and special couple Pat and Richard Long.

She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

Services are under the direction of Bisch Funeral Home West, Springfield. Visitation will be held on Monday, April 30, 2018 from 4 pm until time of the funeral service at 6 pm at Historic Grace Lutheran Church, 714 E. Capitol, Springfield. Pastor Thomas B. Christell, Jr. of Historic Grace Lutheran Church will officiate. Burial will take place on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 10 am at Farmington Cemetery in Farmingdale, IL.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Grace Lutheran Church “Paying it Forward” Program.

Please visit the online obituary at where tributes and condolences may be left for the family.


  • Grace Lutheran Church "Paying it Forward" Program


  • Visitation Monday, April 30, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, April 30, 2018
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Carolyn "Cokie" Marlene Benanti

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Judy Swaggerty

April 28, 2018

Russ and all of Carolyn's family. My deepest sympathy to all of you. Carolyn was a very special person and will be missed very much by all. She joined us at our monthly Horace Mann retirees dinners and we have missed her very much. My prayers are with all of you.

Russ Nation

April 27, 2018

"Cokie" was a brilliant person who excelled in everything she did. Her love of Tomatoes, her playing softball with the guys at Salisbury grade school, her gardening and her kindness stand out as just a few of my fondest memories. Growing up with "the double first cousins" as true brothers and sisters bring memories of the wonderful times growing up. She lived a wonderful life and is now in God's hands.