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Charlene M. Benoit, 75

Charlene M. (Brengman) Benoit, age 75, of Dassel, died Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at her daughter’s home in Dassel.

She was born Feb. 15, 1939, in Crookston, the daughter of Raymond and Elodie (Moquin) Brengman. Charlene was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith, and was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Darwin.

She grew up and attended school in Ada until the age of 16, when her family moved to St. Cloud. There, she attended St. Cloud Cathedral, graduating in 1957.

Following graduation, Charlene attended the College of Saint Benedict for one year, before transferring to the St. Cloud School of Nursing and receiving her LPN degree.

Charlene was united in marriage to Duane “Beno” John Benoit Oct. 19, 1961, at the Holy Angels Catholic Church in St. Cloud. The couple made their home in rural St. Augusta until 1982, when they moved to Dassel, where they have resided since.

Charlene was employed as a nurse at the St. Cloud Hospital for 15 years, Lakeside Nursing Home in Dassel for five years, as an activities aid at the Cokato Manor, the Prairie Senior Cottages, and director of senior dining in Dassel.

Charlene enjoyed children, and her grandchildren were a joy in her life. She was an advocate for the unborn and was a supporter of Birthright.

Charlene enjoyed playing cards and had been a member of a card club for 50 years.

A born caregiver, she loved to volunteer, and would often visit and volunteer at the local nursing home.

Charlene loved her family, and will be missed by her children, grandchildren, and her many friends.

She is survived by her son, Timothy (Sandra) Benoit of Dassel; daughters Mary (Steven) Levinski of Darwin, Susan (Timothy) Steuck, and Shelly (Carlos) Mendiola, all of Dassel; 12 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Charlene was preceded in death by her husband, Duane “Beno” Benoit; a son, James; three miscarried grandchildren; her parents; and a brother, Vernon Brengman.

A Mass of Christian Burial took place Saturday, May 31, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church in Darwin with Fr. Brian Mandel officiating. A private family interment will take place at a later date at the St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Darwin.

Visitation was Friday evening, May 30 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel, with a rosary at 7 p.m., and parish prayers following the rosary. There was also a one-hour visitation prior to the Mass Saturday at the church.

Arrangements were handled by the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel.

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