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In loving memory of
Jeffery Ross Benka
  • July 03, 1954
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  • December 17, 2017

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Obituary

It is with tremendous sadness that the family of Jeffery Ross Benka announces his passing on Sunday, December 17, 2017 at the age of 63.  Jeff was born in Brooklyn, New York on July 3, 1954 to Walter and Gladys (Swartout) Benka.

He will be forever remembered by his best friend and wife of 37 years, Maureen McGovern.  Jeff will be lovingly remembered by his siblings, Janice Plass, Walter Benka, Diana Jacobsen and Michael Benka, by his sisters in law, Linda and Hue Sona Benka and his brothers in law, Charles Jacobsen and Edward McGovern.  Jeff was predeceased by his brothers John and Randy Benka.  Jeff will be adoringly remembered by his many nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends.

Jeff proudly served in the US Army from 1971 through 1974 and worked for more than twenty years at the VA Medical Centers in Brooklyn, New York and in St. Albans, Queens.  He held various positions during those years where he always worked passionately towards improving the quality of life for hospitalized veterans.  Jeff enjoyed traveling, cruising and visiting Disney World.  In 2006, Jeff achieved his lifetime dream of retiring to Florida.  His life was one hell of a ride and he will be deeply missed!

“To the world you may be one person; but to one person you may be the world”.


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  1. Diana Jacobsen says:
    28 Jan 2018
    Missing you so very much you were a good Husband,Uncle,Friend and you were a Wonderful Brother so hard to go on the Benka Family Tree you will alway's be the founder of our group love Diana

  2. Diana Jacobsem lit a candle:
    28 Jan 2018
    Lit since January 28, 2018 at 1:41:53 AM

  3. Louise Fjeld says:
    07 Jan 2018
    Way too soon dear friend, we had much more fun to go have. You will be sadly missed.

  4. Louise Fjeld lit a candle:
    07 Jan 2018
    Lit since January 7, 2018 at 1:01:52 AM

  5. Susana Smith lit a candle:
    28 Dec 2017
    Lit since December 28, 2017 at 12:46:28 PM

  6. Dani Lueker says:
    23 Dec 2017
    My deepest sympathy for you and your family, Maureen. I have warm, funny, light-hearted memories of Jeff. I hope you are able to hold on to the beautiful memories and the love you shared in this time of tremendous loss. I send my thoughts, prayers, and love to you.

  7. Bob Watkins lit a candle:
    22 Dec 2017
    Lit since December 22, 2017 at 12:06:18 PM

  8. Diana says:
    22 Dec 2017
    Maureen - Please know that you have our deepest sympathy. I know that there is little I can say to console you but please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. Jeff was truly a gem and we always had such a great time with him. Love, Steve and Diana

  9. Teresa Weronko says:
    22 Dec 2017
    Ahhhh, Uncle Jeff, I can see you smiling down at us, finally free to go where you like :) I love you. Thank you for being so dang funny, so passionate (about your babe, your travels, & your cats!!), and such a great man. I am going to miss you! Hugs xoxox and I LOVE this picture of you!!!

  10. Teresa Weronko lit a candle:
    22 Dec 2017
    Lit since December 22, 2017 at 12:19:25 AM

  11. Eddie McGovern lit a candle:
    21 Dec 2017
    Lit since December 21, 2017 at 12:26:40 PM

  12. Eddie McGovern says:
    21 Dec 2017
    RIP. You and your sense of humor will be forever missed.

  13. charlie lit a candle:
    21 Dec 2017
    Lit since December 21, 2017 at 12:11:41 AM

  14. Diana "Lazy eye" lit a candle:
    21 Dec 2017
    Lit since December 21, 2017 at 12:38:25 AM

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    20 Dec 2017
    Lit since December 20, 2017 at 12:50:25 PM

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    20 Dec 2017
    Lit since December 20, 2017 at 12:07:35 PM

  17. Eileen Griffin lit a candle:
    20 Dec 2017
    Lit since December 20, 2017 at 12:30:46 PM

  18. Eileen Griffin says:
    20 Dec 2017
    My heart is broken that you are no longer with us but I know that your spirit will live on through my many memories and numerous adventures that we all shared.

  19. Traci lit a candle:
    20 Dec 2017
    Lit since December 20, 2017 at 12:21:48 PM

  20. Jessica lit a candle:
    20 Dec 2017
    Lit since December 20, 2017 at 12:19:53 PM

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