RICHARD J. BENZ, SR.
Formerly of Mt. Oliver
Age 75 of Elizabeth Township, Pennsylvania, formerly of Mt. Oliver Borough in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Richard John Benz, Sr. died on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at home with family around him. He was born one of two children to Joseph and Philomena (Kruetz) Benz on Saturday, June 13, 1936 in Pittsburgh. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War, worked over 40 years for Pennsylvania American Water Company and was a member of the Utility Workers Union of America. Richard was a self employed Registered Electrician and an avid hunter, who enjoyed many 'hunts" with his sons.
He was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his wife, Audrey (Attenberger) Benz; five children, Barbara (Bob) Cooksey of Illinois, Richard (Donna) Benz, Jr. of Mt. Oliver, Susan Benz and Lisa (Andy) Kraemer, both of Elizabeth and Mark Benz of Brentwood Borough in Pittsburgh; eleven grandchildren, Jessica (Joe) Koskey, Melissa (Tim) and Candace (Eric) Benz, Richard Benz III, Angel (Justin) Schimmel, Angela Benz, Tyler Verscharen, Sarah and Andrew Kraemer and Ashley and Elizabeth Benz; seven great-grandchildren, Hope, Dylan, Bella, Myan, Gabrielle, Lily and Jordan and his only sibling, David (Maryann) Benz of Brentwood.
Friends will be received on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 from 6 - 8 PM and Wednesday, January 18, 2012 from 1 - 3 and 6 - 8 PM in Stephen D. Slater Funeral Home 1701 State Route 51 (Large) in Jefferson Hills, Pennsylvania. A prayer will be held in the funeral home on Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 9 AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Michael Roman Catholic Church in Elizabeth Township at 10 AM with Father Thomas Wagner celebrating. Burial will follow in St. John Vianney Parish Cemetery in the Carrick section of Pittsburgh.