July 26, 1929 - August 14, 2015


Mass of Christian Burial, to celebrate the life of Laura M. Benoit, will be 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids. Laura passed away on Friday, August 14 at Quiet Oaks Hospice House surrounded by her loving family. Rev. Ralph Zimmerman will officiate and burial will be at the parish cemetery in Sauk Rapids. Relatives and friends may call from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids and also one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday in Sauk Rapids. St. Monica’s Society will pray the rosary at 5:00 p.m. and parish prayers will be at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday evening at the funeral home.

Laura was born on July 26, 1929 to Ben and Mary (Meyer) Paul in St. Cloud. She was united in marriage to Walter Benoit on November 23, 1950 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids. Laura was a homemaker and enjoyed crocheting, gardening and bird watching. She gave her family a lifetime of memories through the quality time that was spent together, baking homemade bread, going for golf cart rides with her grandchildren and embarking on simple and fun family adventures. Laura was active in her church community at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids and St. Monica’s Society. She also sewed prayer blankets for parishioners in need and participated in the church bazaar and ran the pie stand for many years. Laura was also a member of the Sauk Rapids Senior Citizens. She was an amazing, loving and patient woman who will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Survivors include her daughters and sons, Judy (Ted) Weber of Annandale, Shirley Springer of St. Cloud, Ken (Peggy) of Sauk Rapids, Pat (Roger) Tellinghuisen of Milaca, Larry (Betty) of Sauk Rapids, Dale (Teri) of Milaca, Cindy (Paul) Wesenberg of Sauk Rapids, Gary (Pam) of Sauk Rapids, Janet (Mark) Kaschmitter of Sauk Rapids, Joan (John) McDonald of Sauk Rapids, Gail (Lloyd) Solarz of Sartell, Rocky (JoAnn) of Sauk Rapids and Randy (Valerie) of Monticello; brother, Mike (Irene) Paul of Sauk Rapids; sister in law, Renee Paul of St. Cloud; 40 grandchildren and 51 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Walter in 1999; brothers, John and Bernard Paul; son in law, Lee Springer; granddaughters, Angela Tellinghuisen and Stacey Bradbury and great granddaughters, Ayva Benoit and Kendall Solarz-Reinert.

Memorials are preferred to Quiet Oaks Hospice House or Good Shepherd Lutheran Home.