DARIEN, Conn. — Carol Hurley Benson, 82, of Mahwah N.J. and formerly of Lake Placid, Upper Saddle River, N.J. and Darien, Conn., died on Friday, Feb. 11, 2011.
She was the beloved wife of 60 years of Thomas J. Benson; loving mother of: Thomas W. Benson and wife Alice of Weston, Mass., Linda Meiman and husband Jim of Ramsey, Beth O’Connor and husband Russ of Lisbon Conn. and Carol Dannenfelser and husband Dave of Ithaca; adored grandmother (nana) to Kristin, Nicole, Ben, Meghan, Shannon, Laura, David, James and Aidan.
Carol was predeceased by her brothers John Donahue Hurley and William C. Hurley.
The “Queen of the Adirondacks,” Carol grew up in Lake Placid NY where she developed a love of many outdoor winter sports that she passed along to her children.
A graduate of the College of New Rochelle, she was a 4th-grade teacher in the Darien, Conn. school district before marrying and raising her family. She later worked as a pre-school teacher and as a contributing editor at the Town Journal newspaper.
In recent years, she enjoyed warm winters in Naples Fla. golfing with her husband, knitting Christmas stockings for each of her grandchildren, playing the piano, baking apple pies from scratch and solving the Sunday New York Times crossword.
She would return north every spring and join her entire family for summer vacations in her beloved Lake Placid.
Visitation was Sunday, Feb. 13 at the Van Emburgh-Sneider-Pernice Funeral Home, 109 Darlington Ave., Ramsey, N.J. A funeral mass was celebrated Monday, Feb. 14 at the Church of the Presentation in Upper Saddle River where Carol was a faithful parishioner. Internment will be at a later date in Lake Placid.
Donations in Carol’s memory can be made to Ramsey Ambulance Corps, Valley Hospital or to the Alzheimer’s Association.