Lenora M. Benedict

Lenora M. Benedict   Age 87, passed away November 5, 2011.  She was born February 27, 1924, in North Parma, MI.  Lenora received her bachelor’s degree from Hillsdale College, and her master’s in Christian Education from the Garrett Institute of Northwestern University in Illinois.  She was an artist, creating several oil paintings, as well as being a spinner and weaver.  Leona also played violin with the Lansing Symphony, Port Huron Symphony and with Interlochen.  Lenora was a Deaconess with the United Methodist Church, serving as Director of Christian Education at both First United Methodist and Central United Methodist Churches in Lansing.  Currently, she was a member of Plymouth Congregational Church.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Geneva Sykes; and her husband, Edwin.  Surviving are:  very special and longtime friends, Karen Schrauben of Lansing and Laura Stebbins of Okemos; stepsisters, Linda (Harold) Stoker of Grass Lake and Kathryn (Leon) Worden of Jackson; sister-in-law, Ruth Coon of Lansing; and several nieces and a nephew.

   A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, November 21, 2011, at Deepdale Memorial Gardens, Mausoleum, with Karen R. Schrauben officiating.  Visitation will be 30 minutes prior to the service.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Office of Advancement, Interlochen Center for the Arts, P.O. Box 199, Interlochen, MI 49643, in memory of Lenora Benedict.  Arrangements by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.

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Judy Coon Stubleski
November 7, 2011 at 8:48 pm

Aunt Lenora was also a gifted piano and violin teacher. My sister and I spent many days with her and Uncle Ed, with Aunt Lenora sharing her crafting skills with us. Because of Aunt Lenora, I too am a spinner and Kathy a violinist. Thank you for sharing your gifts. You will be missed

Karen Howe
November 14, 2011 at 4:19 pm

I have such wonderful memories of my Aunt Lenora. My brother Keith and I couldn’t say Lenora so we would call her Aunt Nora. I remember our first visit to her apartment. It was bright and shiny with Christmas decorations. We sat right down and made a craft with Aunt Nora. It was love at first sight. We loved spending time with her. We painted, carded and spun wool and I even made a few small items on her loom that I still have today. She shared wonderful stories and photos of her childhood along with wonderful stories of our grandparents George and Geneva Sykes. Our last day together we spent driving to Parma Michigan where we donated Grandpa’s letters from WWI to the highschool. We ate lunch in town, and rode around looking at all the wonderful sites as she told me about each one. We made a trip to the “farm” where I got a wonderful photo of her. We drove to the home where grandmother Geneva was raised, and talked about her teaching at Dewey School in Waterloo township. She told me how grandmother had to walk to the school each morning. We drove along the old roads of Aunt Nora’s youth and spent a perfect day remembering. That’s how all the days with Aunt Lenora were.. They were fun filled memory making days. I know God Blessed me in a very special way when He gave me Aunt Lenora.


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