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Harriett Benesh


Harriett Ruth Benesh, 83, of Brooklyn, passed away Sunday, April 23, 2017, at Brooklyn Community Estate. Funeral services: 11 a.m. Friday, April 28, at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn, with the Rev. John Reynolds Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Guernsey Cemetery. Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 27, at the funeral home.
A memorial fund has been established.
She is survived by her husband of 66 1/2 years, Loyal; her children, Sheri and Tim Atkinson, and Teri and Carl Iezek, all of Brooklyn, and Jeff and Kristi Benesh of LeGrand; 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Also surviving are her sisters, Janice Buresh and Sherry Kesl, both of Tama, along with her best friend, Tippi.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; and her siblings, Violet Brown, Bonnie Matula, Robert Willson, Marion Willson and Kenneth Willson.
Harriett Ruth was born May 7, 1933, in Tama, Iowa, the daughter of Warren and Roxie Beal Willson. She attended Tama schools, and married Loyal Franklin Benesh on Dec. 6, 1950, in Des Moines. Besides being a wife and mother, Ruth also worked various jobs outside the home, including working at Walmart for 15 years.
Ruth was active in her community and her church. She was a member of the South Side Circle for 58 years, and First Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn. She enjoyed word searches, embroidery and cooking. She looked forward to family vacations to Okoboji, and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and attending their many activities.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.klosterfuneralhome.com.