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Dorothy Ann ‘Channie’ Benson, of Monroe City, dies at 87

Posted on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 7:35 am

Dorothy Ann “Channie” Benson, 87, of Monroe City, passed away on Sept. 7, 2015. Channie was born on Aug. 26, 1928, the daughter of Joseph P. Quinn and Mary Ann (Finnigan) Quinn. On April

Dorothy Ann Benson

Dorothy Ann Benson

10, 1950, Channie married Donald E. (“Rink”) Benson. This past April, Rink and Channie celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.
Rink and Channie were blessed with nine children: Donnie Benson (Joan) of Monroe City, Danny Benson (Brenda) of Monroe City, Mark Benson (Debbie) of Festus, Missouri, Becky Littleton (Paul) of Quincy, Illinois, Jay Benson (Vicki) of Kirksville, Missouri, Jane Vollrath (Mark) of Monroe City, Mary Jo (“Jo Jo”) Griffin (David) of Monroe City, Pat Benson (Connie) of Hannibal and Angel Buckman of Monroe City.
Channie graduated from Holy Rosary Catholic High School in Monroe City in 1946. She was a housewife and loving Mother to her nine children. Rink and Channie owned Hassard Elevator Co. in rural Monroe City. Channie was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Holy Rosary Altar Society, Daughters of Isabella, Monroe City Manor Auxillary, the M & M Girls and the Red Hat Society.
Channie and Rink have 22 grandchildren: Jason Benson, Jeremy Benson, Janna Rheinheimer, Aaron Benson, Lindsay Thome, Jennifer Benson, Brooke Benson, Amy Schilly, Lori Biehle, Kimberly Benson, Ashley Shaw, Gabriella (“Gigi”) Benson, Quinn Benson, Lara Benson, Gregory Vollrath, Curtis Vollrath, Joel Vollrath, Grant Vollrath, Christopher Griffin, Alex Griffin, Kyley Adams and Whitney Bichsel, and 23 great-grandchildren.
Channie was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved grandson, Gregory Vollrath, and sisters Loretta Dooley, Cecelia Pike and Rosemary Beard. She is survived by her husband, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Jay P. Quinn of Seattle, Washington, her brother Towney Quinn of Columbus, Ohio and her sister Therese (“Teesie”) Shively of Monroe City, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
The St. Louis Cardinals, along with the Holy Rosary Trojans and Monroe City Panthers, to whom Channie was an avid supporter, lost one of their biggest fans; Channie’s children, grandchildren and great grandchildren lost their very biggest fan. Channie was “Maw Maw” to her grandchildren and great grandchildren, and to hundreds of others in her lifelong hometown of Monroe City, which she loved and cherished dearly.
Visitation will be at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Monroe City on Thursday, Sept. 10 from 4-8 p.m., the Daughters of Isabella will recite the Rosary at 3:45 p.m. and the Perish will have a scripture service beginning at 7:30 p.m.
A Funeral Mass will be held Friday, Sept. 11 at 10 a.m. at Holy Rosary Catholic Church.
Burial will be at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Channie’s grandsons, while her granddaughters will sing her farewell.
Funeral arrangements are being provided by Garner Funeral Home of Monroe City. Memorial donations may be made to Holy Rosary School Building Fund.
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