Theresa Commerton Benkoski

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Theresa Commerton Benkoski, 92 of Madison, died September 11, 2020.  She was born December 21, 1927 in New York City.  Her parents were the late Thomas Joseph Commerton and Anna Gumb Commerton.  Mrs. Benkoski worked for the National Biscuit Company before marrying.  While there, she helped in production of rations for  U.S. military service members during WWII.  She was married to the late John Benkoski, Sr.  The lived in Connecticut where they operated a dairy farm before moving to Morgan County in 1950 and starting their dairy here.  Mrs. Benkoski was a founding member of St. Anna’s Catholic Church in Monroe and later St. James Catholic Church in Madison.  She was also active in helping start and build the Bostwick School.  

Mrs. Benkoski was preceded in death by her husband, John.  She is survived by seven children, Mary Jenkins and Paul, Ann Webb, Theresa Thrasher and Ernie, Tom Benkoski and Leona, John  Benkoski, Jr. and Julie, Stanley Benkoski and Caroline Benkoski.  Her grandchildren are Summer Jenkins, Paul Jenkins, III and Kim, Elizabeth Sanders and Dewey, Emily Wilkins and Luke, Jeffrey Thrasher and Mickele, Katelin Benkoski, Alissa Benkoski, Leah Benkoski, Brandon Ford, Anna Marie Thorpe and Anthony, Bryant Benkoski and Abigail, Brittany Smith and Kyle, Bradley Benkoski and Allie and John Travis Benkoski.  She also leaves 22 great grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, September 16 at 2 p.m. at the Benkoski Family Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to St. James Catholic Church.

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