1918 - 2017

Wilma H. Bennewitz, 99, of Pekin, passed away at 2:48 a.m. Wednesday, August 9, 2017, at Apostolic Christian Restmor, Inc. in Morton.

Wilma was born on March 30, 1918, in Mapleton, to James H. and Dora (Grissom) Nash. She married Orville E. Bennewitz on January 11, 1938, in Pekin. He passed away on February 27, 1995. She married August Kief on February 26, 2005. He passed away on April 7, 2011.

Also preceding in death are two sons, Gary and Gregory Bennewitz; five brothers and three sisters.

Surviving are one son, Duane (Marie) Bennewitz of Seattle, Wash.; two daughters, Gloria Bennewitz of Orem, Utah and Janet Smith of Cordova, Tenn.; daughter-in-law, Juel Bennewitz of Mackinaw; three grandchildren, Marda (Mike) Kaufman, Bradley (Keli) Bennewitz ,and Jillian (Thomas) Bolen Miller; three great grandchildren, Haley and Mason Bennewitz and Hunter Kaufman; two stepchildren, Sharon (Dale) Cook and Denny (Marla) Kief; four step-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren.

Wilma was a member of the First Christian Church and Dorcas Circle. She was a secretary for Country Companies, retiring in 1977.

Wilma will be remembered for her smile that lit up her face, her beautiful singing, and her passion for her family and church.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, August 15, at First Christian Church with Rev. Hank Anderson officiating. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Tuesday at the church. Burial will be at Glendale Memorial Gardens. The arrangements have been entrusted to Henderson Funeral Home & Crematory.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church Scholarship Fund, 1201 Chestnut St., Pekin, or Central Illinois Memorial Kidney Fund, PO Box 235, Morton.

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