Past Department President Passes at 91

Bernice (Bailey) Benjamin, age 91, passed away on Sunday, January 6, 2013. She was the wife of the late Stanley A. Benjamin.

Born in Litchfield, on November 23, 1921, she was the daughter of the late Harold and Mildred (Squires) Bailey.

Bernice retired from Edwards and Finest Supermarkets in Litchfield after 31 years. She enjoyed volunteering and was very active for more than 50 years in the American Legion Auxiliary Post No. 27, where she served as District President, Unit President and Department President. She was a Brownie and Girl Scout Leader and had been a member of the Girl Scout Troop Committee for over 50 years. Bernice was also a member of the 40 & 8 Organization and member of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Litchfield.

She is survived by her daughter, Faith Richard and her husband, William, of Torrington; two grandsons, William C. Richard and his wife, Elisabeth, and Kevin Richard and his wife Patricia; granddaughter, Tammy Casey and her husband, Patrick; sister, Ethel Miller of Harwinton; six great-grandchildren; and eight great great-grandchildren.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 at Rowe Funeral Home, 283 Torrington Road, Litchfield. Burial will follow in Bantam Cemetery. Friends and family may call on Thursday, Jan.10, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. The American Legion Auxiliary will have a brief service at 6:30 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the 6th District American Legion Auxiliary Scholarship Fund, c/o Heidi St. George, 119 Long Swamp Road, Wolcott, CT 06716.


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