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DUNKIRK:  Rose Mary Benson, 93, of Chestnut Road, Dunkirk, formerly of Forestville, died Monday, January 14th, at her residence.  She was born in the Town of Hanover, on September 11, 1919, the daughter of the late William and Salvatora (Sciolino) Grisanti.

Mrs. Benson was a graduate of Forestville High School, Class of 1937 and at one time worked for the former Curtis Wright Defense Plant in Buffalo.  She also worked as a waitress most of her life, including the former Rush’s Restaurant, the former Vineyard Restaurant, Shorewood Country Club, all of Dunkirk and the former Town & Country Restaurant in Dallas, TX, where she waited on Howard Hughes.  Mrs. Benson enjoyed meeting people and traveling.  She traveled through Europe and extensively across the United States.

Survivors include a son, Angelo (Laura) Benson, of Erie, PA, a nephew James T. (Darlene) Scavona, a niece Shirley Scavona both of Erie, PA and several cousins.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband George F. Benson, who died August 12, 1979, by a sister Martha Scavona, by 2 brothers Frank J. and Bennett J. Grisanti and by an infant son William Benson.

There will be no visitation observed.  Private Services will be at the convenience of the family from Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville and Private Interment will be in Forestville Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial donations may be made to the Lakeshore Humane Society, PO Box 12, Fredonia, NY 14063.  To post condolences go to

3 Comments on Obituary Notice- Rose Mary Benson

  1. Joanne M Hallmark says:

    Ang – So sorry for the loss of your mom. You and in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Joanne Hallmark

  2. Kathie Parker says:

    Ang, so sorry to hear about your are in our thoughts and prayers. She was such a nice lady and landlady!!!Lance & Kathie Parker

  3. Dr. Joseph Greco says:

    With deepest sympathy over the loss of your mother. I have very fond memories of her, introduced through a mutual friend, David Smithers, while I was in med school at SUNY Buffalo. David was a musician trained at Fredonia; they met while both were in the service industry.
    We had several fun excursions with her..there was an excellent restaurant in Erie Pa that we would go to with her…..and her cooking was delicious……great sauce, old world my Grandma’s. A fond memory:
    She one time gave me two bushels of Concord grapes from her brother…told me it would be easy to do and to use a clean pillowcase to wring the juice from the grapes….I tried to make jelly and had purple hands for two weeks. She forgot to tell me to wear gloves while wringing. We had a nice laugh from it.
    I will have a mass said in her memory at the Badilica Cathedral Our Lady of Peace in Honolulu, where I winter.

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