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Obituary for William John Benz

William (Bill) J. Benz

Benz, William (Bill), age 88 of White Bear Lake, died on October 10.

Bill was born and raised in Saint Paul and a proud member of the Cretin Class of 1953. He spent more than four decades working in various roles for State Farm Insurance and cherished his time as a “Farmer.” He found great joy in a gathering of family, friends, trips to the casino, a game of cards, a cold beer and a bratwurst. A lifelong sports fan, Bill loved playing softball and golf and following the Twins, Wild and Vikings. 

Bill was preceded in death by wife, Susan, parents Francis and Verena Benz and brother, Jim. He is survived by his loving wife Vanette, children Wendy (Brian) Dimatteo, Tim (Anastasia) Benz, grandchildren Francesca and Gabriella Dimatteo, Nicholas (fiancée Shannon Wynne) and Zachary Benz, sister Frances Mary Benz, CSJ, and sisters-in-law Mary Benz and Sharon Schween.

Bill is also survived by stepchildren Jaci (Michael) Nash, Julie Pittman, and Jane (Ali) Gohar; step-grandchildren Nicole Williams, Jonathan (Sarah) Williams, Jake (Ashley Larsen) Pittman, Emily and Jack Gohar; and great grandchildren Max Williams, Marna and Thomas Williams, and Penelope Pittman.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, October 16 at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 3878 Highland Ave., White Bear Lake, MN with visitation one hour prior to the service.  In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to St. Pius X Catholic Church or Cretin-Derham Hall.

 A special thank you to the caregivers at The Waters of White Bear Lake and Hospice of the Midwest.