Dorothy Benoy, 92, Walworth, Wis., formerly of Alden, died Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, at Hearthstone Manor, Woodstock, after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.
She was born June 2, 1922, to Charles F. and Anna (Burke) Krohn in Ringwood.
On Oct. 26, 1938, she married Glen Benoy at Greenwood Methodist Church.
Dorothy had many diverse interests, including her family, church and education. She taught Sunday school at the Hebron United Methodist Church, was on the church board and was active in the Dorcas Circle. She was a leader of the Alden Girls 4-H Club, one of the first presidents of the Alden-Hebron PTA and active in the McHenry County Home Bureau.
She was a McHenry County Fair home economics classes judge.
She enjoyed the role of Mrs. Claus in the Hebron Christmas parade and introduced 39 nieces and nephews and dozens of town kids and grandchildren to the farm life.
She and her husband enjoyed playing cards. They were members of two card clubs of childhood friends that continued for more than 40 years.
As a young person, she was afraid of water, but she took swimming lessons as a 50-year-old. She continued swimming well into her 80s. She survived cancer in 2002.
She also loved to travel. In 1948, when her children were ages 2, 4, 6 and 9, the family went to Clarkston, Wash. Her first trip to another continent was to Peru in 1967. She also traveled to Ireland and Greece in 1976 and to Germany in 1991.
Survivors include her four children, Glen Jr., Theresa, David (Kathy) and Mark (Robin); a son-in-law, Carlos W. Brain (Jenny); seven grandchildren, Carmen Urrunaga (Sergio), Carlos D. Brain (Johanne Auerbock), Aaron Benoy (Melanie Schmidt), Zach Benoy (San San), Natalie Benoy, Vas Benoy and Ana Benoy; and a step-grandson, Douglas C. Vogel (Katherine Schmidt Vogel); and eleven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years; a daughter, Kathleen Mary Benoy Brain; a grandson, Beau Benoy; and three sisters, Marion Krohn, Ethel Krohn and Lois Krohn Norton.
A memorial service will be held in early summer. Interment will be at Linn-Hebron Cemetery.
Memorials can be made to the Hebron United Methodist Church, 9811 Main St., Hebron, IL 60034.