Kathleen Elizabeth Benson, 85, a long-time Colorado Springs, Colorado resident for over 60 years, passed away peacefully on January 4, 2021. She is predeceased by her late husband, Richard Lawrence Benson of 63 years. They were married at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25, 1957, Richard was the love of her life.
Kathleen was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on July 7, 1935 to Eugene and Elizabeth Hoy. She graduated from St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Practical Nursing in Mankato, Minnesota in 1955 as an LPN.
Kathleen is survived by her children, Julie Nelson (Brett), Timothy Benson (Heidi), Mark Benson (Anna), Mary Jo Parelius, and Kelly Denlinger (George); 11 Grandchildren, Alicia Willis (Shane), Matthew Moscoso, Nicholas Moscoso, Austin Benson, Mahri Benson, Jia Benson, Christian Parelius, Elijah Parelius, Sam Denlinger, Charlie Denlinger, and Katie Denlinger; 6 Great Grandchildren, Brendon, Madison, Kaden, Ashlyn, Brooklyn, and Joshua.
Growing up Kathleen enjoyed ice skating, going to the movie theater, and beating all her friends in foot races. Her best friend, Carol Hogan, recently shared that she refused to compete with Kathleen because she could never keep up with her and never had a chance as Kathleen won every race.
As an adult Kathleen was giving, compassionate, kind, and warm hearted. She took great pride and care in loving her family and always made her children feel better when they were sick. Kathleen enjoyed sewing, crocheting, needlepoint, aerobics, and cooking. Her children have all been gifted with beautiful pieces of her handiwork to cherish for years to come.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 16, 2021 at Divine Redeemer Catholic Church, 927 N. Logan Avenue in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Catholic Charities (800.919.9338).