Clara's Story

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Clara A. Benfer, 94, formerly of the Danville RR 1 area, passed away Sunday Oct. 8, 2017, at the Nazareth Memory Center, Danville.
She was born July 14, 1923, in Danville, the daughter of the late Allen and Mildred (Temple) Betz. On June 26, 1941, she married Robert L. Benfer Sr., celebrating 49 years of marriage at the time of his death, Dec. 16, 1990.
Clara was a farmer's wife most of her life, she worked at Merck, Milton Shoe factory, Zenith, and the flower greenhouses at Washingtonville.
She was a member of Mooresburg Presbyterian Church, Liberty Township Fire Company, Washingtonville Fire Company, the Susquehanna Valley Corral, and helped with the food pantry at her church for surrounding areas.
She was an avid New York Mets fan and loved flowering beds and gardening, country music, bus trips to various shows, and was great friends with country musicians Doc and Chicky Williams. She enjoyed puzzles, find a word books, playing cards and picnics. The love of her life were her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Clara is survived by a daughter, Shirley (Spike) Stamm, of Sunbury with whom she lived; four sisters, Gladys (Dio) Yost, Meadville, Hannah (Earl) Jarrett, Turbotville, Jean (Richard Mull) Long, Northumberland, and Janet McCarty, Muncy; grandchildren, Shane (Diana) Penny, Nescopeck, Jason (Kara) Penny, Danville, Bonnie (Jeff) Weiser, Selinsgrove; great-grandchildren, Trent and Makayla Penny, and Jeffrey, Amanda and Allyssa Weiser, Selinsgrove.
Clara was preceded in death by one son, Robert L. Benfer Jr.; three brothers, Clarance (Martha), Layton and William (June) Betz; two sisters, Olivia (Harold) Minncemoyer, and Dorothy (Curt) Stover; and Clara's longtime best of friend, wonderful relationship and companion, Bobby George who passed April 4, 2017.
Clara's request is not to have a viewing or services. She will rest in peace by her husband in Moorseburg Presbyterian Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
Arrangements are by David T. Zweier Funeral Home Inc., 157 Chestnut St. Sunbury.
Condolences may be made at davidzweierfuneralhome.com.
Published on October 10, 2017
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