Stella Dorothy O’Connor Benedickson

Mrs. Benedickson, 78, of Howell, died Dec. 29, 2009, at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, after a courageous battle with kidney cancer. She was born in London and had resided in Hazlet and Manalapan before moving to Howell. Mrs. Benedickson was a member of the Women’s Republican Club and the Women’s Jaycees, both of Hazlet, and a volunteer at CentraStateMedical Center, Freehold Township. She was predeceased by her husband of 49 years, Robert J. Benedickson. Surviving are her children, Karen MacCloskey and her husband, Michael, of Dallas, Dawn J. Benedickson of Shark River Hills, Robert W.H. Benedickson and his wife, Denise, of Fair Haven, and John P. Benedickson and his wife, Lynne, of Villanova, Pa.; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a nephew; a niece; a great-niece; and her neighbors, Bob and Marge Seagram. Funeral services were held at the Higgins Memorial Home, Freehold. Memorial donations to Dr. Richard Childs, (include in memo “Dr. Childs Kidney Cancer Research Fund), 10 Center Drive, Bldg. 10-CRC, 3-5330, MSC 1230, Bethesda, MD 20892 or Toys for Tots would be appreciated.