Dorothy Benninger, 96
Dorothy L. Garris Benninger
Mrs. Dorothy L. Garris Benninger, 96, a resident of the Wyalusing Personal Care Home for the past three years, passed away at the Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock, PA on Wednesday evening, June 15, 2011. She was formerly of Spring Hill Rd., Wyalusing.
Mrs. Benninger was born on Sept. 25, 1914, the daughter of the late Joseph Garris and Florence Hendershot Garris Kile. She was a lifelong resident of Spring Hill. She graduated from Camptown High School, Class of 1934. Right after high school, she married her husband, Foster Benninger, Sr. in October of 1934. After their marriage, they owned and operated a farm for many years in the Spring Hill area. She was married to Mr. Benninger for 24 years until his death on Aug. 11, 1959.
For many years, Dorothy worked in the sewing factories at Camptown, Black Walnut and Laceyville. In her spare time, she enjoyed sewing, quilting, knitting, crocheting and canning and preserving fruits and vegetables. She loved spending time with her family and was always ready to travel to see family and enjoy the scenery. She was a member of the Spring Hill United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women, the Spring Hill Grange and the Pomona Grange: a past member of the Order of Eastern Star Meshoppen Chapter #70 and the Jolly Birthday Club of Laceyville.
Surviving are her four children, Marilyn Ferris of Spring Hill, Foster, Jr. and his wife, Angela Benninger of Towanda, Audrey and her husband, Elmer Stevens of New Albany and Connie Learn of Tunkhannock; 16 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a brother and his wife, Russell and Sally Garris of Vestal, NY and many nieces and nephews.
Besides her husband and her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters and their husbands, Neva and Gerald Benninger, Hilda and Ora Whipple and a son-in-law, Donald Ferris on May 27, 1999.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday afternoon, June 19 at 3 p.m. at the Spring Hill United Methodist Church with Rev. Helen Learn officiating. Interment will be in the Spring Hill Cemetery.
Family and friends may call at the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville, on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial donations to the Spring Hill United Methodist Church, c/o Mrs. Susan Berkley, 4586 Spring Hill Rd., Wyalusing, or to the Hartland Hospice, Pittston, PA.