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Mary Faye Benn


Mary Faye Benn passed away at her home on Sept. 12, 2023. Mary was born on Oct. 28, 1944, in Marshfield, to parents Anton Mushel and Vivian Pearl (Dittrich) Mushel. Mary was 78 years old at passing. Mary grew up in Medford, and graduated from Medford High School in 1962. Her first job outside of the family farm was as a waitress at Dutchland Dairy in Milwaukee. She married Ernest Charles Benn on Feb. 4, 1967. Mary and Ernie had their first and second sons in Janesville, WI. Eric Ernest Benn in 1967 and Tim Anthony Benn in 1968. Ernie’s job at IBM took Mary and her boys to Heyworth, Ill. where 3rd son Daniel Charles Benn was born in 1972. Another work relocation with IBM brought Mary, Ernie and family to Kronenwetter, when the boys were in grade school.

Mary’s family and boys brought her great joy. She enjoyed bringing them up through their high school years attending D.C. Everest in Schofield, and on to their separate life paths. Eric and family went to Florida, Tim and family stayed in Wisconsin and Dan and his family went to Indiana.

Mary was primarily an excellent homemaker but also enjoyed working as a domestic helper for a number of families as well as working in various retail settings such as Krueger Florist, Tropical Gardens and Nice as New. She enjoyed going to as many football, basketball, volleyball games and band / choir performances as she was able to for her grandchildren in Wisconsin, Chandler and Amara Benn. Mary also enjoyed her trips to see her Florida grandchildren Erica, Sarah, Taylor and Hunter Benn and her Indiana grandchildren Luke Mann and Everett Benn. She was proud of them all and loved them very much. Mary enjoyed playing games such as solitaire and chicken foot as well as reading a lot. Mary loved her cats, Willow and Sassy.

All will remember Mary for her sense of humor, telling you like it is, her infectious laugh, hosting parties and holiday celebrations, her cooking and baking, especially that crazy good carrot cake and those darn yeast rolls (yum!). She will be remembered for being a great wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Mary is survived by her husband, Ernest Charles Benn; sister, Julie (Bill) Mushel-Schiltz; brother-in-law, Charlie Benn; sister-in-law, Charlene Krueger; sisterin- law, Isabell Mushel; children, Eric (Susan) Benn, Tim (Becky) Benn, Dan (Kirsten) Benn; nieces; nephews; and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mary was preceded in death by parents, Anton Mushel and Vivian Pearl (Dittrich) Mushel; brother, Lee Mushel; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ernest and Ruth Benn; sister-in-law, Patricia Benn; and nephew, Jason Benn.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2023, at John J. Buettgen Funeral Home at 948 Grand Avenue in Schofield, WI. Visitation from 10 a.m.– 12 p.m. and service at 12 p.m. As per her wishes, Mary will be cremated, and part of her ashes interred at the Mosinee Cemetery. In June 2024, close family will take the remainder of her ashes to the family farm in Medford as were her final wishes.

John J. Buettgen Funeral Home is assisting family at this time. Online condolences may be expressed at

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