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Janis D. Benson

April 5, 1922 ~ July 25, 2022 (age 100)


Janis D. Benson, 100, of Butler, passed away Monday morning, July 25, 2022, at the Good Samaritan Hospice in Cabot.

She was born April 5, 1922, in Butler.  Jan was the daughter of the late Walter J. Dreher and Mary B. (Bachman) Dreher.

Jan was a 1941 graduate of Butler High School and a 1942 graduate of the Butler Business College.  She then went on to work as a legal secretary for 36 years, for Reiber and Reiber and Willis McDonald Attorneys at Law in Butler.

Jan married the love of her life, Joe Benson on June 27, 1946, in Butler, two weeks after he returned from World War II.  They were blessed with 62 years of marriage.

She and her husband enjoyed vacationing at their cottage in Conneaut, Ohio with family and friends.  After retirement, one of the many joys she had with her husband Joe was spending Winters in Florida with her Butler friends.

Janis was a member of the Armco Golf Club, the Esquire Club, Century Club and several card clubs.  She enjoyed playing bridge, golfing, dinner dances and knitting. It was a tradition in the family to receive a pair of her knitted slippers for birthdays. 

Janis was a lifelong member of St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Butler.  She was small in stature but mighty in spirit.  Jan persevered in March to recover from Covid and was so pleased to celebrate her 100th birthday in April.  Janis was the heart of the family.  Her strong faith, kindheartedness and genuine love of family will live in our hearts forever.

Surviving is her brother, Clair L. “Tiny” Dreher of Butler and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Joseph M. Benson, one brother, Wayne W. Dreher, two sisters-in-law, Gertrude Dreher and Jean Dreher.

Visitation will be held on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., at St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 201 West Jefferson Street, Butler. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 a.m. in the church.  The Rev. David M. Phillips, Senior Pastor to officiate. Entombment will follow at Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum in Butler.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 201 W. Jefferson St., Butler.



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July 28, 2022

10:00 AM to 11:00 PM
St. Mark Lutheran
201 West Jefferson St.
Butler, PA 16001

Funeral Service
July 28, 2022

11:00 AM
St. Mark Lutheran
201 West Jefferson St.
Butler, PA 16001

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