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Joan C. Benson, 89

Joan Corinne Benson, age 89, of Dassel, died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, at the Augustana Lakeside Health Care Center of Dassel.

Her funeral service will take place Friday, Jan. 4 at 11 a.m. at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel, with the Rev. Laurie O’Shea officiating. Interment will be at the Dassel Community Cemetery.

There was visitation Thursday evening, Jan. 3 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel. Visitation will continue Friday at the church, one hour prior to the service.

Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel.

Joan was born Sept. 9, 1929, in Dassel, the daughter of Clifford and Eva (Clement) Hardy. She was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Episcopal Church in Litchfield.

She grew up in Dassel, and graduated from Dassel High School in 1947.

Joan was united in marriage to Leslie Benson June 28, 1947, at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Litchfield. The couple made their home on a farm south of Dassel, where they raised their four children.

Joan was employed at 3-M in Hutchinson for several years. She was also employed as a hostess and waitress at the Prairie House restaurant and Hojie’s restaurant in Dassel for numerous years.

In 1992, Joan and Les moved into town, where Joan had resided until moving to Lakeside Apartments and Nursing Home.

An active member of the Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Joan sang in the church choir, was on the Altar Guild, involved in the Christian Women’s group and taught Sunday school for numerous years. She was also an active leader of the local senior citizens group, WELCA and TOPS.

Over the years, Joan was very involved in the community and volunteered to help whenever she could. She loved to spend time with her family for holidays and special events. She gathered her children together and the Benson Family Singers sang for numerous events and even recorded a compact disc of songs.

Joan was very proud of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed spending time having coffee with friends and with the women from the Collinwood Club. She was an avid DC Saints fan and could often be found attending games during the summer.

Joan is survived by her children, Bonnie Jo (Lowell) Baumetz of Hutchinson, Jon (Karen) Benson of Dassel, Scott (Joe Andrews) Benson of Minneapolis, and Shari (Mark) Forsman of Dassel; seven grandchildren: Jason (YouJa) Baumetz, Jeni (Jeff) Hemingson, Jessica (Dave Griffin) Baumetz, Krista (Travis) Cook, Aaron (Megan) Benson, Kayla Jo (Ryan) Sigdahl, and Karsen (Kellyn) Forsman; eight great-grandchildren: Kalea Baumetz, Makani Baumetz, Larson Hemingson, Alicia Hemingson, Ty Hemingson, Logan Cook, Brody Cook, and Benson Sigdahl; and by a sister, Betty Freeman of Annandale.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Les; her parents; and two brothers, Jack Hardy and his wife, Joyce Hardy Eggleston, and Duane Hardy and his wife Bonnie Hardy; and a brother-in-law, Lawrence Freeman.

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