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Patricia L Benda

March 26, 1936 - February 4, 2024

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Patricia Lucille Benda, 87, passed away peacefully on February 4, 2024, in Ankeny, Iowa. Pat was born on March 26, 1936, in Waseca, Minnesota to Mahlon and Lucille (Donovan) Greeney. She married her high school sweetheart, Mark, on October 22, 1955, in Waseca, Minnesota. Together they raised four children through their 65 years of marriage.

They made their home in Forest City, Iowa for 51 years. In 1974, Pat started working for the Forest City Community Schools as a kindergarten teacher assistant. She finished her 25-year career as a media assistant. In 2017, she and Mark moved to Ankeny, Iowa where they enjoyed being closer to family. Pat was proud of her Irish heritage, celebrating St. Patrick’s Day for years by baking delicious Blarney Stones and always enjoying coffee with friends.

Pat is survived by her children, Pam (Cary) Christensen of Ankeny, Iowa, Chris (Jennifer) Benda of Gilbert, Iowa, Mary (Stan) Guthrie of Clive, Iowa, and Steve (Tammy) Benda of Ankeny, Iowa; seven grandchildren, Sara (Nick) Lupkes, Katie Christensen, Libby (Travis) Clark, Brynann (Chris) Alley, Jake Benda, Sammy Benda, and Taryn Guthrie; and seven great-grandchildren, Morgan, Adelyn, Hudson, and Isla Lupkes and Ellie, Payton, and Kinsley Clark. Also surviving are her sister, Mary Harter of Waseca, Minnesota; and brother-in-law, Jim (Anne) Benda of Brainerd, Minnesota. She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, Mark, in 2021.

The family has decided to hold a private Mass at Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart Catholic Church in Ankeny, Iowa, to honor Pat in a more intimate and personal setting. Mass can be viewed via livestream at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 8, 2024 at the following link: www.olih.org

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Unity Point Hospice.

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