Lois Jean Benish, 74

Winston-Salem NC – Lois Jean Benish passed on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 in Winston-Salem NC near Tobaccoville where she has lived since the late 1980s.
Jean’s ashes will be interred with her family at the Folden Cemetery East of Newfolden. Her friends and family will gather to share memories of Jean “Lolly” Benish at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at the Evangelical Free Church in Newfolden.
Jean was born September 7, 1943 in Thief River Falls to Hans and Alice (Maki) Lokstad of Newfolden, the oldest of three children. Currently, her sister Shirley “Sally” Schoenfeld resides in Holmen, WI and her brother David Lokstad lives in Newfolden with his wife Judy.
Jean graduated from college with double majors in biology and mathematics, then taught science and biology in Webster, SD where she met Bob Benish. She married Bob in 1965 and together they had one son, William (Bill), who lives with his wife Robyn Puffenbarger in Virginia.
While Bob went to optometry school in Chicago, Jean learned computer programming using her math degree for Continental Assurance. The family moved to Fairfax, VA. She then worked as an analyst for Allegheny Airlines, later renamed as US Airways.
Jean and Bob divorced in the mid 1970s. She continued to work and live in the Washington DC metro area, until she moved to North Carolina with the airline relocation. She retired and continued to reside in the Winston-Salem area of North Carolina until she passed from the complications of heart and kidney failure.
Jean loved her sweet cat, kind neighbors and the abundance of nature nearby. Her cherished property included a pasture where she used to have a horse. The stream running the length of her gorgeous, mature forest supported numerous bird species and other exciting wildlife.
“Lolly” has many nieces, nephews, cousins, and one special Aunt Audrey Maki, as well as many good friends from Newfolden, North Carolina, Norway and Finland too. She was known to friends and family in her youth as “Lolly’” she later used Jean as her moniker.
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