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Anna Benjamin

December 27, 1915 — May 9, 2016

Anna Benjamin of Center, passed away peacefully on May 9, 2016 at Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center in Bismarck where she had been a resident since October 2014.

A funeral service will be held at 11 am on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Center, with Reverend Dennis Ristvedt officiating. Burial will be at Lutheran Cemetery north of Center. Visitation will be held from 10 am to 11 am on the same day, Wednesday, May 18 at the Church.

Anna Wilhelmina Starck was born December 27, 1915 the daughter of William and Adeline Starck on the family homestead 7 miles east of Center. She attended school at Center Consolidated School. Anna loved growing up on the farm and frequently recalled bringing the cows in for milking on her saddle horse, shocking wheat and taking care of the chickens, turkeys and geese.

Anna married Jesse Benjamin in November 1936 and they made their home in Center where she became very active in community organizations and activities. She loved music, played the piano, clarinet and organ, occasionally serving as an organist at Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church. She also sang in the Church choir and played clarinet in the Center Community Band. She was a life member of the St. Paul’s Lutheran Ladies Aide and also served on the Cemetery Board. Anna was a member of the Center Golden Age Club and worked tirelessly to establish the Center Community bus services, served on election boards and other civic activities.

Anna was very proud of the Center Community and the state of North Dakota. With her husband Jesse serving as the mayor of Center and as an officer in the Star Route Mail Carriers Association, she traveled to other North Dakota cities and several states. While traveling she was very curious about the places she visited and she always spoke with pride about Center her home town and her home State of North Dakota.

Anna loved her family and took great pride in their accomplishments. When grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren arrived, Anna welcomed them each with open arms, enjoying her special time with them. No one was a stranger at her home. Many times those who had no other place to go could be found at her table with her family.

Anna is survived by her son-in-law Joe (Marna) Knue, San Antonio, Texas; daughter Noreen (Charlie “Chuck”) Sampson, Medical Lake, Washington; sons William “Bill” (Cindy), Pretoria, South Africa (Bismarck) and Lee (Claudia), Center, North Dakota; seven grandchildren: Miriamah Saba, Las Vegas, Nevada; Daniel Benjamin (Tammy) Freeman, South Dakota; Jesse Saba, Brooklyn, New York; Deana Benjamin, Pecos, New Mexico; Anna Leinius, Bozeman, Montana; Carly Benjamin, Center, North Dakota, and Ford Benjamin, Pretoria, South Africa (Bismarck); seven great-grandchildren Samira Tamules, Las Vegas; Aysia Tamules, Craig, Colorado; Tori Turpin, Grand Junction, Colorado; Ashlyn Anna Benjamin, Freeman; Tyce Benjamin, Freeman; and Teagan Benjamin; and three great-great grandchildren Kairo, Keira and Caia. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Adeline Starck, husband Jesse, daughter Marna, daughter-in-law Claudia, brother Ervin and sister-in-law Charlotte.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider memorials to Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church/Cemetery Fund.

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