Michelle A. Benko

Age 48, of Lansing, MI, passed away July 23, 2022 in Detroit, MI, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born December 10, 1973 in Mt. Morris Twp., Michigan.

Michelle was a graduate of Ferris State University, and later went on to a 20-plus-year career as a store manager for Walgreens. She was a fan of the Detroit Lions, MSU, and music. She loved to travel, and her dog Ca$h. Michelle was also a professional shopper, if you were looking for something she could find it for you!

In 2012 Michelle married her husband Whitney Benko, and he survives. She is also survived by her son, Junius Williams; sisters: Angel Hyde and Crystal (Dustin) Grubaugh; sisters-in-law: Wen Benko, Kisha (Craig) DeMyers, and Wynette Thompson; brother, Quincy (Jess) Glass; brother-in-law, Wes Benko; mothers: Ann Young and Jan Glass; nieces and nephews: Sierra, Jimmy, Kayin, Keely, Gavin, and Audrey; as well as many friends and extended family.

She was preceded in death by her mother Janet Kay Peirce.

There will be a memorial service to celebrate Michelle’s life held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 30, 2022 at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel, 325 W. Washtenaw St., Lansing, MI 48933. To view the livestream of Michelle’s service click this link: https://view.oneroomstreaming.com/authorise.php?k=1659139491199058   There will be a memorial visitation held 4:00-7:00 p.m. Friday and also one hour prior to the memorial service, all at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society or The Capital Area Humane Society.


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Catherine Galan
July 25, 2022 at 5:11 pm

We met through our kids and school bowling. We connected immediately and laughed constantly! I will genuinely miss you Michelle and all of our chats! Hoping you’re are resting and free from pain!

Rest easy young lady!

Catherine Galan

Matthew Hoffman
July 25, 2022 at 6:54 pm

I want to reach out and send my condolences to Whitney and his family sending prayers and love to the family during this difficult time.

Sierra Devine
July 25, 2022 at 8:03 pm

My aunt was one of many mother like figures I had growing up she taught me to love and forgive. She showed me fighting for life is something we must do she is wonderful and fearless words cannot express what I’m feeling.

Larry and Diane Clay
July 25, 2022 at 8:59 pm

So very, very sorry to hear this!!! Our thoughts and Prayers go out to Whitney and their Family’s!!!

Ken and Phillis Robertson
July 25, 2022 at 10:04 pm

Our condolences and prayers go out to Whitney and Junius and the rest of the family. Michelle touch the lives of everyone she came in contact with you couldn’t help but love her we’re going to miss her!

Tori Fredline
July 26, 2022 at 7:12 am

I’m so very, very sorry to hear about the loss of Michelle. Our families have been connected since before our birth Whitney. I remember you as a little boy and my mom’s God son. I have fond memories of visiting you and your family at your parents house. My love and prayers are with you all during this most difficult time.

Debbie Leslie Phillips
July 26, 2022 at 9:44 am

Dear sweet Whitney…. I am so so sorry for your loss! Words can’t express but just know we love you and are praying for you through this heartache. You and Michelle’s life together leaves such a beautiful legacy and a beautiful son.
Love you, Debbie Leslie Phillips

Chris Curtiss
July 26, 2022 at 11:18 pm

I’m so sorry to hear about your loss Whitney. My prayers, thoughts, and love are with you and your family as you go through this difficult time.

Coach Curtiss

Lynne Ruetenik
July 27, 2022 at 11:32 am

Whitney, and Junius, I will miss Michelle as a neighbor and friend. Our backyard chats were so fun, and I will miss those. I’ll miss her love of Cash. She was taken too soon. Prayers for all of her family.

Amy J
July 27, 2022 at 2:56 pm

Junius, we are so sorry for your loss. All of us in the Youth Bowling program are thinking of you and praying you find comfort and peace in the days ahead.

Marcia potts
July 27, 2022 at 5:15 pm

To Michelle’s family and friends. I am so sorry for your loss. I got to know Michelle from work, especially one trip that we were sent on to Delaware. I knew her as a very nice and fun loving lady, always with a smile. I am so very, very sorry Michelle, to hear about your fight with your illness and your passing. I know that you would have fought with everything that you had in order to stay with your family. The world lost a very great lady. So very, very sorry to hear of the loss of Michelle.

Margaret Anne Fortier
July 27, 2022 at 5:29 pm

My niece, Michelle was one of the strongest people I’ve ever known. Her childhood was extremely tuff, yet she had such a spirited nature and determination to move up with education and focus on her career. Her grandparents, Dr and Mrs J.R. Peirce ( both deceased) of Flint Michigan often had her over for weekends. My mother took often took Michelle on excursions within the area. Michelle just might have adapted her love of shopping from her grandmother Margaret Peirce.
Michelle’s passing is a devastating loss to so many, she will always be remembered for her wit, wisdom and her care for others.
My Deepest Condolences to her family, friends and colleagues.
Auntie Anne

Teresa Herrington
July 28, 2022 at 9:08 pm

Whitney and Junius, I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Michelle from Walgreens, I also was a Store Manager in Lansing. I will remember her as someone who was always positive, loved to laugh, talk and sing on our way to the District office for our manager meetings. She will be missed by all. Rest in peace Michelle.

Dr. Linda F. Williams, DSW
July 29, 2022 at 1:56 pm


My one and only daughter-in-law. This loss is so devastating. You were the best mother my grandson could ever have. You were the big sister my daughter always needed. You are my heart. There are no words . . .

May God embrace all who love you as we, together, endure this heartbreaking grief. There will be no other like you, Michelle.

Rest in His Arms forever.

Jennifer Paulson
July 30, 2022 at 4:50 pm


We were kids when we met in Taggart Hall at Ferris State. We became roommates and moved into our own apartment at 329 Ives. We had so so many fun times, cooking dinners and listening to music. You were the best roommate a girl could ask for, you didn’t bat an eye when I brought home a stray puppy one day during final exam week. Sky was our dog and you loved her as much as I did. We got our landlord to let us keep her and the 3 of us were a little framily. It’s crazy we both ended up graduating and working for Walgreens too. I will be forever grateful for your friendship, and all the memories I have with you. We were 2 young women making our way through college and having a blast in the process. I will miss you hon. Rest in peace and if you see Sky give her a big hug and kiss from me ok.
Love , Jennifer

Jeff Rutter
July 30, 2022 at 11:41 pm

Met Michelle through bowling. So sorry to hear of her passing. May you find peace and rest with our Lord and Savior.

Karen Powers
August 3, 2022 at 7:15 pm

Whitney and Junius, and all family-
I just found out today about Michelle’s passing and I am so, so sorry. She was such a beautiful person, my heart breaks for your loss.
In sympathy,
Karen Powers


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