Benzinger passed away Saturday March 12, 2016 at her
residence. She was born on December 9, 1916 in
Arlington, VA to the late Thomas and Elsie Graham.
She succumbed to a short-term case of old age.
Despite opinions of those who knew her she was 99
Mrs. Benzinger is survived by her 7 children, Tom
Benzinger and his wife Kim of San Diego, CA, John
Benzinger of Germantown, New York, Paul Benzinger
and his wife Sandra of Ruckersville, Jim Benzinger
and his wife Charlotte of Charlottesville, Bill
Benzinger and his wife Therese of Gordonsville, Doug
Benzinger and his wife Valerie of Roanoke and Alice
of Ruckersville; 11 grandchildren and 10 great
grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in
death by her husband, Frederick Matthias Benzinger
and her daughter, Ann Marie Benzinger.
Mrs. Benzinger was a member of Shepherd of the
Hills Catholic Church. She and her late husband
owned and operated Benzinger Greenhouses. As a
charter member of the Greene County Rescue Squad,
Kathryn taught numerous CPR and First Aid classes to
the community. She was also a volunteer with Hospice
of the Piedmont. Fred and Kathryn were some of the
first members of Shepherd of the Hills Catholic
Church in Quinque. Kathryn had a lifelong passion
for gardening beginning as a young child helping her
mother Elsie, in her flowerbeds. She began painting
late in her life, after claiming she couldn’t draw a
straight line. Her favorite subjects to draw and
paint were birds and flowers.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday
April 1, 2016 at 1 p.m. at
Shepherd of the Hills Catholic Church
with Father Dan Bain officiating.
Interment will be in
Culpeper National Cemetery
at a later
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be
made to the Greene County Rescue Squad at PO Box 302
Stanardsville, VA 22973 and/or Hospice of the
Piedmont at 675 Peter Jefferson Parkway Suite 300
Charlottesville, VA 22911.
An online guestbook is available at
Ryan Funeral Home of Ruckersville is handling the