Betty J. Benson
Jan. 18, 1928 — May 1, 2015
Lifelong Waukesha resident Betty J. Benson died Friday, May 1, 2015, at the age of 87. She was born January 18, 1928, to Elmer and Emma (nee Zimmerman) Schwulst. After graduating from high school, Betty worked as a telephone operator for Wisconsin Bell and then as a sales manager for Kohl’s Department Store, retiring in 1995. She was a member of St. Mark Lutheran Church since 1993.
Betty will be sadly missed by her children, Jeff (Kim) Nordland of Phillips, Jennifer (Leonard) Caracci of Waukesha and Jeannie (Rick) Cruz of Waukesha, and her stepchildren, John Benson of Texas and Beverly Benson of Waukesha. She is the dear grandmother to Andy Nordland, Tim Nordland, Lee (Jai) Caracci, Nick (Marina) Caracci, Joe (Mandi) Caracci, Tianna (Mark) Kliewer and Noelle Cruz and great-grandmother to Andrew, Elizabeth, Jaxson, Lilly, Chloe, Sofia and Wyatt. She is further survived by her sister Lois (the late James) Stoll of Waukesha; brother Eddie (Dorothy) Schwulst of Hartland; and sisters-in-law Karen Schwulst of Waukesha and Peg Schwulst of Mountain Home, Ark. Nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends further survive.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Lee Nordland; daughter Ruth Ziemann; son-in-law Dan Ziemann; brothers Alvin, Melbert, Robert, Richard and Warren Schwulst; and sister Bernice (Walter) Kind. Betty’s second husband, Vernon, died a week after her on May 8, 2015.
Visitation for Betty and Vernon will be held on Monday, May 11, from 4:00PM until the time of the 7:00PM memorial service at Randle-Dable Brisk Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha. Pastor Andy Fetters will preside. Burial will be held on Tuesday, May 12, at 2:00PM at Prairie Home Cemetery. Please meet at the cemetery.
Memorials are appreciated to ProHealth Home Care & Hospice, 1020 James Drive, Suite E, Hartland, WI 53029.
Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral Home, Crematory and Preplanning Services is honored to serve the family. For further information, please call the funeral home at 262-547-4035 or visit our website at www.waukeshafunerals.com for directions or to leave the family an online tribute message.