Janice Emily Benatz Obituary – The Arizona Republic

1947- 2022 Janice was born on May 26, 1947 in Jerome, Arizona, to George Lawrence Benatz Sr and Dorothy Elizabeth Benatz, née Fain. She passed away on September 27, after a 3-year battle with cancer. Her nephew Jason provided constant care at home for the last three months of her life. She grew up in Clarkdale, attended Clarkdale Schools, and graduated from Mingus Union High School in Jerome. She graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in education. She earned a master’s degree from the University of Phoenix. She taught school in Paradise Valley for 10 years. She returned to Clarkdale to teach special education at Clarkdale-Jerome School. She also spent two years as the Special Education Administrator at the Cottonwood/Oak Creek School District. She served on Clarkdale City Council from 1992 to 1996. And prior to her illness, she was a volunteer at Clarkdale city offices. She was predeceased by her parents. She is survived by her brother, George Lawrence (Dianna) Benatz Jr., Dianna’s mother, Barbara Dorfman, her nephews, Jason Benatz, Albert Rutkowski, her niece, Denise Robertson, her great-niece, Dolce Gunnell-Benatz, Cousins, Dinah Gemmill, Jane Winiecki, Linda Russell, Tim Goldfarb, Pam Fain, Rise Fan, Ted Fain, Louis Fain, George Laurence Benatz, Robert Nash and Janet Callaghan. Additionally, she is survived by longtime friends Mary Starkey Berchem, Cathy Feld Muldoon, longtime friend Truly Murphy, longtime neighbor and friend Irene Freeman, longtime friend Miranda Gunnell, and friend of longtime and his attorney, Rob Pecharich, who made him laugh with the staff. anecdotes he shared during his final months. The Benatz family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the doctors, nurses and staff of the intensive care unit and the Yavapai wing of Verde Valley Medical Center for their professional care during his last stay. Janice requested that no service be held. A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, October 19 at the Men’s Lounge at the Clark Memorial Clubhouse in Clarkdale from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Benatz family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Clarkdale-Jerome School District 3, 1615 Main Street, Clarkdale, AZ 86324, 928-634-5035

Posted on October 14, 2022

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Men’s Lounge at Clark Memorial Clubhouse, Clarkdale

October 19, 2022 at 15:00