Dorothy Benjamin

Dorothy Benjamin

Dorothy Emma (Swedberg) Benjamin, 97, of Vermillion, formerly of Elk Point, passed away on Friday, Feb. 4, 2011 at the Sanford Vermillion Care Center.

Dorothy was born on Oct. 18, 1913, in Vermillion to Fred and Hannah (Linner) Swedberg. She graduated from Vermillion High School in 1932 and attended the University of South Dakota for two years. In 1935 she graduated from Samuel School of Cosmetology in Sioux City, IA. She worked at Mrs. Wardlows Marianella Beauty Shop in Vermillion for five years while continuing to take classes at USD. In 1941 she graduated from USD and then taught high school at Soldier, IA, Elk Point, and Meckling.

Dorothy married Homer Benjamin in 1946 and they lived on the family farm west of Elk Point until his death in 1988. Shortly thereafter she returned to Vermillion.

Dorothy was a vibrant woman who enjoyed all aspects of life. She loved to dance, travel, read, watch movies and spend time with her family, whom she loved to photograph. She was involved with the community and belonged to many clubs and organizations throughout her life. She loved spending time with her friends at the Vermillion Senior Citizens Center and especially enjoyed porcelain painting.

Dorothy is survived by her daughter, Jean (David) Girard; her son, Gerald (Linda) Benjamin; her granddaughters, Kim (Bill) Bange, Kelly (Dana) Ryder, Julie (John) Herrity, Jenelle Girard, Jacquelyn (Reno) Reser; her grandson, Adam (Sarah) Girard; and 11 great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Hannah Swedberg; her husband, Homer Benjamin; and her twin brother, Donald Swedberg.

Visitation was held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, at the Kober Funeral Home in Vermillion. Visitation will resume at 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. later that day at St. Josephs Catholic Church in Elk Point. A wake service will be held at the church Feb. 10, beginning at 7 p.m

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 11, 2011 at St. Josephs Catholic Church in Elk Point.

Burial will be in the Elk Point Cemetery at a later date.

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