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Joseph P. Benson

June 2, 2009

Mr. Joseph P. Benson, 38, of North Washington Street, Wilkes-Barre, passed into Eternal Life unexpectedly early Tuesday morning, June 2, 2009, as an emergency patient in Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township.

Born April 23, 1971, in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son of John F. and Ann Marie (Dravage) Benson of Wilkes-Barre.

He attended New Jersey schools prior to relocating to the Wyoming Valley with his family several years ago.

He was employed in the maintenance department for Misericordia University in Dallas, and previously for the Hanover Apartments of Hanover Township.

He attended the Catholic Community of North Wilkes-Barre, held membership in the Italian Club of Hudson, and was associated with the Laborer’s Union.

Enjoying the outdoors, Joe was an avid hunter. Remembered by his family and friends as a caring, outgoing individual, and enjoying his motorcycle, Joe would often participate in various local rides for several charities in the Wyoming Valley. He was always willing to help a friend or neighbor in need.

Surviving in addition to his parents John and Ann Marie at home; are his daughter, Jessica Benson, with his grandson, Gino Dalessandro, both of Wilkes-Barre; brothers John F. Benson Jr. of Sweet Valley, James Benson and his wife, Diana of Atlantic City, N.J.; sisters, Judith Knesis and her husband, Stanley, of Mountain Top and Joyce Dehner and her husband, Brian, of Galloway Township, N.J.; several nieces and nephews; aunts; uncles; and cousins.

Funeral services for Joe will be conducted on Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. from the John V. Morris Funeral Home, 625 North Main Street, Wilkes-Barre, followed by a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church with the Rev. Monsignor John J. Sempa, pastor, officiating.

Interment with Rites of Committal will be in Saint Mary’s Roman Catholic Cemetery, South Main Street, Hanover Township.

Relatives and friends may join Joe’s family for visitation Friday evening from 5 until 8 p.m.

For additional information or to send Joe’s family an online remembrance or card of condolence, please visit our website at www.JohnVMorrisFuneralHomes.com.

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