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Laurene E. Benisch

Obituary for Laurene E. Benisch

September 13, 1922 - January 17, 2015
Beaver Dam, Wisconsin | Age 92

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Laurene E. Benisch, 92 years old, beloved wife and mother, returned home to Jesus on Jan 17, 2015 at her home, the Charleston House in Beaver Dam, surrounded by her family.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, 812 Western Ave., Columbus with the Rev. Daniel Sims officiating. A visitation will also be held on Wednesday from noon until 1 p.m. at the church. Interment will be held at Hillside Cemetery in Columbus.

Laurene was born on September 13, 1922 in Madison, WI to Nels and Alma Smithback. She attended school in Columbus. WI.

Laurene married Rainhold Benisch of Elba Township in Wisconsin on September 24, 1942. As a Navy wife she had the chance to live in Florida, where her first son Donald was born; in Washington state where Ronald was born; as well as California, Texas, Tennessee, and Bermuda. She and Rainhold enjoyed numerous trips to both coasts and Canada.

As a resident of Columbus, WI, she was active in the Columbia County Homemakers, rising to president of the organization. She also volunteered at the Columbus Community Hospital and was a member of the Zion Ev. Lutheran Church in Columbus for over 50 years.

Laurene is survived by sons: Donald Benisch and Ronald (Song) Benisch; her grandchildren: Cindy, Robert (Alicia), Donna (Craig), Ronald II, and David; her great grandchildren: Tiffany, Ronald III, Natalie, Chayton, Kevin, and Dylan; numerous nieces and nephews around the country.

She was preceded in passing by her husband Rainhold, her brothers David, Russell (Loras) and Robert Smithback; and her sisters Marlene (Bob) Bills and Nancy (Alvin) Kopplin.

Laurene would always end family visits with a "God bless you". Those of us fortunate enough to be a member of her family know the best blessing was knowing Laurene.

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