Esther Benedict

Esther W. Benedict

Monday, June 6th, 1921 - Tuesday, February 19th, 2019
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Esther W. Benedict, 97, of Kirkville, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at Brookdale Eastside, Fayetteville. Esther was born to Inez and John S. Wemes of Ontario, NY, on June 6, 1921. She married Elwyn E. Benedict in 1953 and lived on Benedict Rd. in East Syracuse for 20 years before moving to Kirkville. Esther worked in two Rochester banks for 12 years before getting married. She enjoyed crocheting, entertaining and cooking.

Esther is predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Elwyn E. Benedict; all of her siblings, Basil Wemes, Wilma Rogalski, Laurence Wemes, Ernestine Morgia (her twin), Faith Bittner and Fern Richmond; and two nephews, Roger and Brent Wemes.

Esther is survived by two sons, Darrell A. Benedict and Gilbert A. Benedict; granddaughter, Erica (William) Hazard; grandson, Ryan J. Benedict; and two great-grandsons, Shea and Sawyer Hazard.

Family and friends may call from 1:00 to 5:00 pm on Sunday, February 24 at R.H. Schepp & Son Minoa Chapel, 6530 Schepp’s Corners Rd., Minoa. The funeral will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, February 25 at the funeral home. Spring burial will be in Collamer Cemetery.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, February 24th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 5:00pm
    Sunday, February 24th, 2019 1:00pm - 5:00pm
    R. H. Schepp & Son Minoa Chapel
    6530 Schepp's Corners Road
    Minoa, New York 13116
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Monday, February 25th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Monday, February 25th, 2019 11:00am
    R. H. Schepp & Son Minoa Chapel
    6530 Schepp's Corners Road
    Minoa, New York 13116
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Missy (Nye) Foley

Posted at 03:26pm
Our condolences to the Benedict family, Darrell, Gilbert, Erica and Ryan from The Foley family Missy (Nye) Foley and Chris Foley. We are truly sad for the loss of your Mom/Grandmother and we know that this year will be a difficult year for all of you as it will be the first year in your entire life that your Mom/Grandmother won't be with you on the special days you spent together as a family, you will all be in our prayers. Your Mom/Grandmother was a very close friend to me, who had a remarkable memory to the very end and was an amazing woman of God who touched my life from the very moment I met her in 1973 when we became friends instantly and that first season of our friendship lasted 5.5 years as at the age of 11 in Jan of 1979 I left NY and moved to FL with my family and that's when we moved into our second season of our friendship which consisted of 33 years of hand written correspondence (letter writing) and periodical visits in person when she'd come to FL or I'd go up to NY and then we moved into our third and final season of friendship which was talking on the phone when she turned 90 as she let me know her fingers were cramping up from letter writing so we started out talking once a week and 18 months ago when her health started declining and I became a newlywed our phone conversations dwindled down to twice a month and one final memory of have of her friendship to me is that she called me on January 30th as we had gotten disconnected when I first placed my call to her and we talked for 22 minutes and the last time I spoke to her on the phone was twice in one week February 11th for one minute when she picked up the phone to let me know she was doing Physical Therapy and the very last time was on Valentine's Day Feb 14th for five minutes as she was about to leave for Rochester to go to her sisters funeral. Your Mom/Grandmother was a friend to me for 46 years as well as a confidant of 46 years. Some of the best memories I have with her are picking wildflowers for her as a little girl so she would invite me to stay for dinner, spending time with her in her kitchen and enjoying her no bake oatmeal chocolate peanut butter cookies, hanging out in her living room with her husband Elwyn and her after the many times I stayed for dinner, their lava lamp and feeding their Quarter horses, spending time in the barn with the horses, watching Darrell clean out the stalls, learning how to ride horses ( walking, canter, trot and run) with Darrell, as well as bailing hay in the summertime and spending the night in their camper top above their truck as a little girl and again when I visited in 1985 as a teenager, our 33 years of written correspondence with her through letter writing, visiting her in person when her and Elwyn came to FL and when I went back up for a visit in 1985 and 1992 and our past seven years of telephone conversations will always be memories that I will treasure as her memory was remarkable to the very end so I have enjoyed her sharing her memories of me visiting her as a little girl, she told me that she remembered me coming for a visit and leaving her a hand written note in her bathroom and I'll always treasure and remember our sisterhood as well as after I came to know the Lord myself in 2010 we have been able to talk about the Lord and share about our love for the Lord with one antoher and she'd share what book she was reading in the bible, and that her ministers were coming to the Assisted living facility to visit her or host a bible study and we shared that we were both enjoying reading our Jesus Calling devotional book too. I will treasure my 46 year friendship with my dear friend Aunt Esther which this name came about as after I got married in 2015 she insisted that I start calling her Aunt Esther and I will miss our twice a month phone conversations as she's been a part of my life for 46 years and like one of the other ladies on here said I too am looking forward to seeing Aunt Esther once again when I get to heaven and I'm so Thankful to know that she is resting in peace for all eternity in her Father's arms in heaven and that I will see her again Godspeed when it's my time to return home too.

Dale Greabell

Posted at 09:55pm
Darrell and Gil and families: just wanted to express my condolences on the loss of your Mom. May you find comfort in her life well lived, God's peace and strength to get through these difficult times.

Debby Bay

Posted at 11:25pm
My sincere condolences to the Benedict family... I grew up across the street and learned how to make no bake cookies , learned about canning and how to ride a horse. She was a very sweet person . My friends and I would stay overnight I’m their camper in the yard. Many fond childhood memories were made..

Suzanne Gorney

Posted at 12:42pm
Esther Benedict was responsible for many of my most cherished childhood memories. They started when I knocked on her door when I was only about 9 years old after hiking through a rather large cow pasture and main road to ask her if I could see her horses. She welcomed me in as if I was one of the family from that day on! Until that day my love for horses was only experienced from afar, but now I was able to get up close and personal causing my love for them to only grow as I learned how to care for them as well as how to ride. I still remember the first horse I rode to this day....Shoola. She was a sweet and elderly buckskin mare. But the horse I bonded was named Pines Honey Girl, and what a special horse she was! I had many, many wonderful days on the Benedict farm and they have been and always will be cherished. I SO regret I never got over to visit her at her apartment. to tell her these things in person before she passed, but I know I will get to see her again in heaven some day and will tell her then. So happy for her that she is there experiencing the love of Jesus in person!

Cynthia A Warren

Posted at 03:02pm
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Benedict family. She was a very nice lady remember her fondly
Cindy Fitch

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