Joseph Benson

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Joseph Patrick Benson, 71, of Fairview Heights, IL, born May 27, 1951, in Albany, New York, died Thursday, August 25, 2022, at his home with his family and surrounded by his many, many books.

Joseph was a graduate of Queen of Peace School, Althoff Catholic High School, and the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA. After school he worked for CETA in Belleville, then moved to Edwardsville. While he was fixing up his own house there, he became interested in real estate. He was a real estate broker and owned his own business. He was a member of Holy Trinity Parish.

Throughout his life, Joseph was funny and generous and helped many people. He loved his family; and he enjoyed time with his friends, his big dogs (whom he had rescued), his books, college basketball, and traveling.

Joseph was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph P. and Rita, nee Guinane, Benson; and his younger brother, John M. Benson.

Surviving are his older sister, Mary-rita Benson (husband, Cmdr. Eugene Pinkelmann) of Fairview Heights, IL, and Annandale, VA.

The family is most grateful to Dr. Brad Ringhofer and Dr. John English and all their associates for their care and kindness throughout the years. They also thank the many people at Memorial Hospital who were so helpful and kind and who made Joseph smile.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to St. Vincent de Paul Society, Violence Prevention Center of Southwestern Illinois, Holy Trinity, or a charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, September 1, 2022, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Fairview Heights, IL.

Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, September 1, 2022, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Fairview Heights, IL, with Father James Nall officiating.

Burial will be held at Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.


7 Comments on Joseph Benson

Dolores BAYLEY said : Guest Report Sep 01, 2022 at 3:21 PM

Mary Rita so very sorry for your loss. My deepest of sympathies.

  • Swansea
  • Illinois
Randa Lilley said : Guest Report Sep 01, 2022 at 1:10 PM

So sorry for your loss. Joe helped me buy my house years ago during a very difficult time in my life. I don’t know how I would have done it without his help. God speed Joe

  • Caseyville
  • IL
Bonnie Smith said : Guest Report Sep 01, 2022 at 8:42 AM

Mary Rita and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I hope all of the good memories of Joseph can comfort you in the future.

  • Chesterfield
  • Missouri
Jack Genetti said : Guest Report Aug 30, 2022 at 10:59 PM

So sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. My God bless you with peace and comfort. Keeping you in our prayers. The Genetti Family

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Bob Sisk said : Guest Report Aug 30, 2022 at 4:11 PM

Peace to you fellow Althoff Grad '69

  • Millstadt
  • Ill.
Dawn Elaine Means said : Guest Report Aug 29, 2022 at 6:24 PM

Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss. May tons of loving memories give you strength. He was a big part of my life! Dawn

  • Wood River
  • Illinois
Ron Lanter Jr said : Guest Report Aug 29, 2022 at 5:17 PM

My sincere condolences to Mary-Rita for the passing of your brother Joseph. I enjoyed playing backgammon, and the fish fries with Joseph and have many enjoyable and lasting memories of John. They are both greatly missed.

  • Belleville
  • IL

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