S. Benjamin, 85, formerly of Sackets
Harbor, Liverpool, Pulaski, Parish, Adams, Henderson, and
Clayton passed away Tuesday morning at Samaritan Keep Home
where she had been a resident since April 2010.
28, 1927, the daughter of William H. Sedgemore, Sr. and
Jennie Spencer Parker Sedgemore, she graduated in 1945 from
Adams Center High School.
Her siblings included Percy Parker, Glenn Parker, Lynn
Parker, Grace Parker Lord, Ruth Parker Coffin, Howard
Spencer, Kent Spencer, Lydia Spencer Sprague, Edna Spencer
Hockey, Eva Spencer Niebuhr Wardale, and William Sedgemore,
Her first employment was at Watertown's Woolworth lunch
counter, and then at Bradley Hardware.
She married Gordon D. Benjamin on June 1, 1947, in the
Smithville Baptist church. They enjoyed 53 years together
before Gordon passed away.
While Gordon was stationed in the Navy in New London, Conn.,
June worked in a tooth paste factory. After his discharge
they lived on the family farm in Ellisburg. In 1952 they
moved to Pulaski and June worked in the bank. They moved to
Baldwinsville in 1954 where June was a bank teller, as well.
In 1957, the family moved to Hendersonwhere they owned and
operated the Valley Stationon Route 3. The station burned in
1963, and June then worked in the office at O.D. Greene
Lumber Company. She became a Mary Kay beauty consultant in
1980 and continued when the couple moved to Parish to own
and operate a liquor store.
After Gordon's retirement, the snowbird couple purchased
homes in Clayton and Brandon, Florida where they enjoyed
many years of fun in the sun. Springbrook Apartments in
Pulaski was their home when Gordon passed away in 2000. June
lived in Liverpool until 2004 when she moved to Sackets
enjoyed being with her large family, modern square dancing,
red hatters, cooking, entertaining, organizing
get-togethers, playing cards, traveling, and eating out. It
seemed that everywhere she went there was a party, including
Samaritan Keep Home.
Surviving are a son, Jack (Gayle) Benjamin, Sackets Harbor;
two daughters, Jennie (John) Mantle, Sackets Harbor, and
Gwen (Patrick) McCarroll, Centennial, Colo.; her grandsons,
Shane (Kelly) Greuel, Mick Mantle, and Benjamin (Kimberly
Burns) Mantle; a great-grandson, Logan Mantle, Syracuse; and
hundreds of nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law, and friends.
will be 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21, at the Adams United
Methodist Church. The family will receive guests beginning
at 10 a.m.
service will be held in the spring at the family's
June had so
many special interests that it would be difficult to select
just one, so please make donations to the charity of your
Condolences to June's family may be made online at www.carpenterstoodley.com.
Information provided by Carpenter-Stoodley
Funeral Home and Newzjunky, Watertown, N.Y.