Glenna M. Benoit, 99, of Bradley, passed away Wednesday (July 25, 2018) at Miller Healthcare Center in Kankakee.
She was born Jan. 28, 1919, the daughter of Peter and Olive Hathaway Kolwelter. She married Paul G. Benoit. He preceded her in death.
Surviving are two daughters, Judy and Bob Sunko, of Darien, Conn., and Jane Cahan, of Villa Grove, Ill.; one son and two daughters-in-law, David and Mary Benoit, of Phoenix, Ariz., and Jan Benoit, of Freeport, Ill.; her grandchildren, Christopher Benoit, Tracy and Tom Koerner, Chelsea Benoit and Eric Piwcewicz, Todd and Victoria Sunko, Wade and Alessandra Sunko, Jennifer and Chris Boughey, Jeffrey and Angie Benoit, Rebecca and Brian Olson and Chad and Tamie Rolph; and 16 great-grandchildren.
Glenna led a very active life raising her family of five, volunteering in the community and serving on many committees. She and Paul instilled in their young family a love for travel. They drove thousands of miles across the U.S. and Canada, visiting relatives in the 1950s and 1960s. Later, she and Paul developed a love for camping throughout the U.S. and with the Kankakee Valley Wanderers. She loved swimming, boating and water skiing with the family.
Her volunteer endeavors included den mother for the Cub Scouts. She volunteered at the St. Joseph School library and served at various times as the president of the St. Anne Sodality of St. Joseph Catholic Church. She was a member and officer of the Daughters of Isabella of St. Joseph Church and also was a member and president of the Bradley Bourbonnais Seniors. She was a trip chairman for the organization for years.
She also was an excellent seamstress. She and Paul loved dancing. At the age of 81, she fulfilled a lifelong dream of taking tap dancing lessons. Glenna performed for years with the Merry Music Makers in the Spice of Life talent show held in Bradley. She also was the director of the group for many years. The group continued to entertain in nursing homes through her 80s in the Kankakee County area. In her early 90s, she sang with Pete Henrissey’s group in nursing homes.
Glenna remained an active member of the Gleaner Life Insurance Society throughout her life. She was a member of the Early Bird Senior Swimmers for many years at BBCHS until the age of 92. She was an active member of the Moose organization and a member of the BB Historical Society. She kept her mind active by doing word search books and playing bingo.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Harold Benoit; one daughter, Janet Benoit; and three brothers, Randall Kolwelter, Robert Kolwelter and Jim Kolwelter.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, at Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home in Bourbonnais. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bradley. Interment will follow at All Saints Cemetery in Bourbonnais. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bishop McNamara Catholic School – St. Joseph Campus.
Please sign her guestbook at clancygernon.com.