BENCI – Louis Benci was born in Zavar, Slovakia on March 2nd, 1926 and was born again July of 1975. On November 3rd, 2001 he went home to be with his Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Louis came to Canada in 1937 to Tilley with his parents and they farmed at Picture Butte. He volunteered to serve with the Canadian Army in 1944 and following his discharge in 1946 returned to Picture Butte. Louis and Mary Erdos were married August 23rd, 1948 in Lethbridge. He worked as a meat cutter in Lethbridge and later Medicine Hat. He purchased a farm in Tilley in 1960. In 1967 the family moved to Warner where Louis owned a grocery store and butcher shop for a short period. They returned to farm in Tilley and in 1975 began a tree farm and nursery in Brooks.
Louis was predeceased by his parents Frank and Amalia and on December 15th, 1998 a grandson Stephen Benci.
Louis is survived by his loving family, his wife Mary of Brooks; sons Edward and his wife Sandy of Duchess, Richard and his wife Marg of Tilley and David and his wife Char of Drumheller; daughter Mary Lou Veen and her husband Richard of Sangudo, Alberta; 7 grandchildren, Brandi, Rhonda, Sheri, Ryan, Daniel, Aaron and Michael; 7 great grandchildren, Rielen, Scott, Georgia, Wyatt, Rebecca, Jace and Tytus; brother Frank and his wife Helen of Lethbridge, sister Rosie Baran of Lethbridge and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, November 8th from the Victory Church of Brooks. Pastor Bill Martin officiating.
Honorary Pallbearers are his brother Frank, sister Rosie and all of Louis‘s many friends. Active Pallbearers are Ed Benci, Richard Benci, Dave Benci, Richard Veen, Daniel Benci, Darby Page and Ryan Benci. Interment to follow at Brooks Cemetery.
In memory of Louis, if friends desire, memorial tributes may be made to either Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 – 29th Street NW, Calgary, Alberta T2N 4N2 or Brooks and District Health Foundation, Bag 300, Brooks, Alberta T1R 1B4.Arrangements in care of Smith Funeral Home, Brooks. Telephone 362-4636.