THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Veiga L. DeBenedetto
Issue Date: February 7, 2019
Veiga Lillian (Miller) DeBenedetto, 100, of Oconto, passed away Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 at Rennes Health Care Center-East in Peshtigo.
Born Sept. 22, 1918 at her grandmothers home in rural Winneconne, to the late Hubert Gustav Wilhelm Henkel and Lillian Tomina Miller, she was baptized at Grace Lutheran Church in Winchester on Oct. 20, 1918.
A child of God, she cherished that throughout her life. In 1937, she graduated from Fairview School of Nursing in Minneapolis, Mn. as a Registered Nurse. She worked at St. Luke's Hospital in Milwaukee and at St. Mary's Hospital in Tucson, Az. While in Arizona she met her future husband, Alex DeBenedetto at the roller rink and they married on June 15, 1943.
She worked in private duty nursing through Theda Clark Hospital in Neenah and also cared for some foundational Neenah families in their homes, including the Kimberly, Clark, Bergstrom, and Banta families.
She was filled with love, gave selflessly, made sacrifices for her family and was a member of First American Lutheran Church in Oconto.
She is survived by two sons, Rev. Richard DeBenedetto and Terry (Diane) DeBenedetto; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Including her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Alex on Sept. 23, 1996; two brothers, Richard and Adolph Henkel; a sister, Sylvia Schulz and a daughter-in-law, Ellice DeBenedetto.
The family received relatives and friends at First American Lutheran Church in Oconto on Tuesday, Feb. 5 from 9 a.m. until time of services at 11 a.m., with Rev. Fred Mai officiating. Gallagher Funeral Home of Oconto assisted the family with arrangements. Memorials can be made to Unity Hospice.