Carole Jean Benjamin, 71, of Wilkinson, Minnesota died peacefully surrounded by her family on Thursday, July 12, 2012 Sanford Health in Bemidji.
Carole was born September 4, 1940 in Cass Lake, Minnesota to Leo and Elizabeth (Nelson) Donnell Sr. She grew up and attended high school in Cass Lake. After her children were born she remained a stay at home mom until her youngest started school. Carole then began to work for the Leech Lake Headstart Program and went on to earn her Early Childhood Teaching Certificate. She retired after a 32 year career of teaching and will be remembered for her compassion and love for the children and always treated them as though they were her own. She was hard working, persistent and servant hearted and took delight in pulling off a few pranks. Carole enjoyed going to garage sales, cooking, and most importantly spending time with her family. Her influence and presence as a teacher, wife, and mother will be deeply missed.
Carole was a member of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Cass Lake.
Carole is survived by her husband Clifford Benjamin, children; Robert Fairbanks, Elizabeth (David) LeDoux, Dawn (Noel) Benjamin, Clifford “Tim” Benjamin, Tracey (Joel) Benjamin, Richard (Terri) Benjamin, several grandchildren and great grandchildren, two brothers; Leo Donnell, Mike Nelson, and numerous nieces and nephews . She was preceded in death by her parents, son David Fairbanks, Grandmother Maude Ray, four sisters; Mary Jane, Patricia, Joyce, June, and brother Richard.
Funeral services for Carole will be held Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at 11:00 am at St. Peters Episcopal Church in Cass Lake with Pastor Mark Olson officiating. The wake will begin Tuesday, July 17, at 6:00 pm at the Prescott Community Center in Cass Lake, and continue at 10:00 am on Wednesday at the church. Interment will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery, Cass Lake. Pallbearers will be her grandchildren; Alex Benjamin-Norton, Travis Lausche, Nicolas Lausche, Brandon Fairbanks, Robert Fairbanks Jr., and Ciarra Villier. Honorary Pallbearers will be the Leech Lake Headstart Staff and Students.