Eleanor S. Benninghoff

Eleanor S. Benninghoff, 89, LaPorte, Indiana, passed away Tuesday, September 22, 2020, at 12:45 am in her home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am, Friday, September 25, 2020, at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church, 606 S. Woodland Ave., Michigan City, IN with Rev. Kevin Huber officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm Thursday at the Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, 418 Washington St., Michigan City, IN, and from 9:00 am - 10:00 am Friday at the church.

She was born April 6, 1931, in Michigan City, IN to the late James and Katherine (Novak) Szymkowski. On February 25, 1947, in Crown Point, IN she married George Benninghoff who preceded her in death on February 8, 1978.

Surviving are three daughters, Arlene (Gene, deceased) Wegiel of LaPorte, IN, Shirley (Dennis) Smiley of Ledbetter, KY, and Mary (Owen) Hurley of LaPorte, IN; and one son, George (Connie) Benninghoff of LaPorte, IN.

Also surviving step-daughter, Lorraine Markward, and step-son Richard Benninghoff (deceased). six grandchildren, Mike (Patty) Cunningham, James (Lisa) Hurley, William (Vanessa) Hurley, Katherine (Mike) Pierce, Andrea (Gerry) Abbett, and Annemarie (Joseph) Bunton; twelve great-grandchildren, Andrew (Stephanie), Jessica, and Daniel Hurley, Nicholas (Kristen), Matthew, Ashley, and Abigail Pierce, JJ McWhirter and Ava Bunton, Jameson and Jasper Abbett, and Owen Hurley; two great-great-grandchildren, Drew Hurley and CJ Perkins; and her brother Raymond (Carolyn) Szymkowski.

She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Leona Pearce and Barbara Walls; and four brothers, Ralph, Clarence, George, and Rudy Szymkowski.

Eleanor had worked at Sprague Devices and Gateway Industries. She was a member of Queen of All Saints Catholic Church. Her passion in life was to care for her family and will be deeply missed.

Contributions may be made to the 2020 Walk to end Alzheimer's-Michigan City, IN at 8430 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Suite 800 Chicago, IL 60631; or the Breast Cancer Research Foundation at 28 West 44th St Suite 609 New York, New York 10036.

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