THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Phyllis A. Benson
Issue Date: November 21, 2019
Phyllis Ann (Rotter) Benson, 91, passed away Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, surrounded by her husband, Frank and sons, Greg (Kitty), Matt (Mollie) and Danny (Carol) and grandchildren.
Born in Kingsford Heights, Mi., to Fred and Margaret Rotter of Menominee, Mi. she was known as Phyl or Liz, to her friends and spent her childhood on a small family farm in Menominee. At age 19, she headed to Washington, D.C., where she lived with two of her sisters and worked for the Internal Revenue Service. They lived behind the Supreme Court and she loved telling stories of square dancing at the YMCA and walking down the middle of Constitution and Independence Avenues in the early evenings because the streets were empty. She loved time with her Uncle Charlie and Aunt Agatha who also lived in DC.
She then headed to Japan to work as a secretary for the United States Military. She loved the beauty of Japan and its people, where she made many lifelong friends and singing and dancing were her highlights. In returning to Menominee, she loved sharing photos and stories about Japan and did many presentations for friends and family.
In 1954, she started working at Ansul Chemical in Marinette where she met her husband in 1956 and they married a year and a half later. While dating, they often canoed on the Peshtigo and Little Menominee Rivers and to dinners at their favorite, Shaffer's in Crivitz.
She loved the north country, upper peninsula of Michigan, Door County, Wisconsin and the Boundary Waters near Ely, Mn., where she enjoyed wilderness canoe camping, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, birdwatching and smelling the roses.
With a good memory, she loved visiting and telling stories of adventures in her life, frequently joked she remembered more than all of us combined. She also loved reading, writing poetry, researching history and genealogy, but mostly had dancing feet, a smile on her face and a song for all occasions.
She is survived by three sons, Greg (Kitty), Matt, (Mollie) and Danny (Carol) and two grandchildren.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by five brothers and sisters, Dorothy, Beulah (Boots), Elaine, Fred (Bud) and Roy.
Private funeral services were held at Yurs Funeral Home in Illinois.