Kathleen Benson


It is with deep sadness and love that we announce that on Feb. 28 in Sunbury, Ohio at the age of 87, Kathleen Ann Benson, (Kappy) went on her final journey to reunite with her beloved Bob. 

Kappy, the daughter of Frank Schlafer and Gladys Rogers, was born in Walton Feb. 15, 1936, and grew up on the family farm in Rock Rift. She married the love of her life, Robert Benson, on May 11, 1952 and would be by his side for 64 years until his death in 2017.  Within the family, she was known to be an avid hunter who enjoyed watching golf, reading, and cooking large family dinners. Kappy was a well known face at both the A&P, Super Duper and the Big M Supermarket in Walton where she worked until her retirement. In her later years, she enjoyed life in Venice, Fla., with her husband. She took great pleasure and pride in her nieces and nephews and her grandchildren who remember her making Swedish pancakes, fudge at Christmas, homemade pizza, going up for a ride in a helicopter, sailing on a catamaran in Puerto Rico, visits to the Catskill Game Farm and so much more. When her great grandchildren came along she renamed herself “Granny Grunt” and learned about social media and video chats. Great-great-granddaughter Mila Jasmine was her final blessing.

Kappy is survived by her two children, daughter Gloria Benson of Puerto Rico and son Robert Benson (Alice) of Masonville; four grandchildren, Megan Bury of Ohio, Brian (Sheri) Bury of Ohio, Adrienne (Eric) Stamper of Florida and Christopher Benson of Masonville; five great-grandchildren, Kevin, Seven, Scythe, Rebekah and Kaitlyn; her great-great-granddaughter Mila; her sisters Leona (John) Poulin of Walton and Frances Watson of Stamford; her sisters-in-law Nina Schlafer of North Carolina and Maria Benson of Monroe; her beloved nieces and nephews, cousins and dear friends and neighbors on Tampa Road. 

She was predeceased by her parents, husband, sisters Rebecca and Joyce and brothers Cecil and Ross Schlafer, and her dear grandson, Ryan Benson.

In keeping with Kappy’s wishes, a private service will be held at the convenience of her family.