Janet C. (Erickson) Benson, formerly of the Carlson Tower Apartments, 165 Aldren Ave., Jamestown, died Feb. 20, 2013 at Heritage Park Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Home in Jamestown, N.Y. at the age of 101 years.
She was born in Landrus, Pa., April 15, 1911, to the late C. Victor and Mary (Mame) Erickson. After graduating from Arnot, Pa., High School she moved to Jamestown in 1928. On Feb. 14, 1931, she married W. Raymond Benson. They had two children, son Gordon Benson of Akron, Ohio, and Shirley (Clair) Fletcher, her daughter and caregiver, of Jamestown.
Janet was preceded in death by her husband Ray on April 22, 1994, two sisters: Ethel Engwall in 2004, Christine Bowen in 1998; and two nephews: Richard Engwall in 2005 and Gary Erickson in 2009.
Surviving are eight grandchildren: Daniel Fletcher of Peru, N.Y., Robert (Holly) Fletcher of Stow, Ohio, Darryl (Barbette) Benson of Austintown, Ohio, Drew (Carol) Benson of Macedonia, Ohio, Dane (Laurie) Benson of Canfield, Ohio, Dawn (Wayne) Ulbrich of East Palestine, Ohio, Daccine Benson and Danielle (Robert) Harrell of Youngstown, Ohio; 11 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. Also surviving are a brother Robert V. (Rose) Erickson of Jamestown, a niece Jackie (Engwall) Simpson of Perry, N.Y., nephews Dr. Roger (Sylvia) Erickson and the Rev. Donald (Helen) Erickson of Jamestown and several cousins, great nieces and nephews.
Janet was a longtime member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Jamestown where she had been a member of the past Sunshine and Fidelity Societies.
Arrangements are by the Falconer Funeral Home, Falconer, N.Y. where visitation will be from 2-4 on Wednesday, Feb. 27, and one hour before the 11 a.m. service at Immanuel Lutheran Church on Thursday, Feb. 28. The Rev. Daniel Nagle of First Lutheran Church will officiate.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church, 556 E. 2nd St., Jamestown, NY 14701 or Hospice Chautauqua County Inc., 20 West Fairmount, Lakewood NY 14750.
A heartfelt thanks to the "special" people of Hospice and Heritage Park.
Visit our website at www.falconerfuneralhome.net to light a candle in remembrance.