Thursday, May 31, 2012

Anne Catherine Benjamin

Wellsville, NY - Anne Catherine Benjamin of North Main Street passed away on Wednesday, May 30, 2012, at her home. She was born on April 8, 1919 in Brooklyn to Emil and Catherine (Heronen) Kolaski. On March 11, 1938 she married Burton P. Benjamin who predeceased her on May 19, 2000.

Anne was a long time resident of Angelica who worked in the Perry Knitting Mills and for the former Angelica Broom Factory. She was a life member of the Belmont Twigs and volunteered at Jones Memorial Hospital for eight years. Anne was generous to all who knew her and will be remembered in the area for her chocolate cookies. Anne was passionately devoted to her family and friends. 

Survivors include: a son Roy (Carol Ann) Benjamin of Port Charlotte, FL., 3 daughters, Annette (Harold) Harding-Paris of Belmont, Carol Benjamin of Wellsville and Doreen Brigham of Englewood, FL.; 10 grandchildren, Maureen Harding, Melinda Gareau, Shannon Panaro, Scott Harding, Philip Swift, Lisa Morrow, Timothy Huff, Tammy Clemens, Michael Benjamin and Angela Foster; 16 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews as well as a special friend, Maureen Copper.

She was predeceased by her husband Burton Benjamin; a daughter, Brenda (David) Swift; a grandson, Michael Harding; 2 sisters and a brother.

Friends are invited to call on Monday, June 4, 2012, from 12 noon to 2 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Belmont. Anne's funeral service will take place at the conclusion of calling hours at 2 pm in the funeral home with Father Sean DiMaria presiding. Burial will take place in St. Mary's Cemetery and memorials may be made to Home Care and Hospice of Wellsville or to the charity of the donor's choice. To leave online condolences please visit


  1. My family had the good fortune to live directly across the street from Anne for many years. She was truly a remarkable person. When my mother died, Anne made it her mission to keep my father stocked up with cookies and friendship. Anne made each of my siblings and me feel like part of her family. She always asked about our health and travels. Each time we came out our front door, Anne would be there, watering her plants, and offer us a hardy "Hello." I feel it was a true privilege to know such a wonderful and caring woman. She brought much joy to the Spellicy Family. Her smile will forever remain in our hearts. Our sincere condolences to her family. South Borad Street lost another great soul.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words. She did love your family.

      Annette Harding-Paris

    2. Thank you very much. She was a very special lady and we will miss her so much--

      The flowers were beautiful!

      Roy's sister (Annette Harding-Paris)

  2. Joe Dutton & Family

    Although we have never meet Anne Benjamin, I have heard many great stories for her son and a good friend Roy. From these stories and knowing Roy she was a great person to be around. Our sincere condolences to her family.

  3. My Grandmother was very special to me and anyone else she came in contact with. Grandma was always willing to help anyone who needed it and she loved to bake her FAMOUS chocolate chip cookies. She will be truly missed and heaven just received the BEST ANGEL!

  4. My Grandma Benjamin was simply amazing! She was well known for her baking even my son Zachary Foster named her "Grandma Pie." She was so much more than an awesome baker to me. Grandma taught me to stay positive and strong. Not many people can say the following my grandma was at my kindergarten graduation, my second grade first communion, high school graduation, college graduation, my marriage to my husband Kevin and met both of her great grandsons Zachary and Logan Foster! That is truly amazing. She helped raise her 5 children and I was the lucky one to become the daughter of her son Roy Benjamin. Grandma was a huge part of my life. I have so many loving memories and some really funny ones as well. Grandma thanks for giving me my dad and thanks for sharing your extremely huge and generous heart. Go in peace as you watch over us from heaven. I Love you Gram Love always, Angel