2013-02-23 / Obituaries

Nancy Casto Benson

Nancy Casto Benson, 88, a native of Columbus and current resident of Delray Beach, Florida, passed away peacefully in her sleep February 12, 2013, at her home with her loving family and kitties at her side. Nancy was born January 21, 1925, in Columbus, to Don Monroe, Sr. and Ruth Strait Casto. She was a 1944 graduate of The Columbus School for Girls from which she had many lifelong friends and The Ohio State University, where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma.

Her personal generosity is her greatest legacy. She was a Charter Member of the Ohio Arts Council, appointed by Governor James Rhodes; a Charter Member of Mt. Carmel Hospital, where she helped form the first Volunteer Auxiliary for all hospitals in Columbus; a Charter Member of the Little Garden Club; and board member of Buckeye Boys Ranch, Ohio History of Flight, Players’ Theater and the Franklin Park Conservatory. She was positively graceful and prided herself on being the true definition of a lady, yet always game for a dirty joke. She had a special affection for her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and her animals.

Her family will miss her dearly, but are blessed by the motivating way she led her life. She was preceded in death by her parents; and the love of her life since childhood, her beloved husband, Frank S. Benson, Jr. She is survived by her daughter, Nancy and son-inlaw, Robert Wibbelsman of Gulfstream, Florida; son, Frank and daughter- in-law, Jewel Benson of New Albany; daughter, Elizabeth “Libby” Benson of Columbus; grandchildren, Paige and Patrick Nesbitt of Los Angeles, Sarah, Frankie and Elizabeth Benson of Columbus, Lisa and husband Peter Meuse of Columbus; great-grandchildren, Madelyn, Emmy and Charlotte Meuse of Columbus; longtime friend, care giver and extended family member, William Sharp of Columbus; many beloved nieces and nephews and their families, and many dear friends.

A memorial service was held February 16, 2013, at Broad Street Presbyterian Church, Columbus, with Rev. Ann Palmerton officiating. Contributions may be made to Cat Welfare Association, 741 Wetmore Rd., Columbus, OH 43214; Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation, PO Box 16810,Columbus, OH 43216- 6810; or Pilot Dogs, 625 W. Town Street, Columbus, OH 43215, in her memory. Please visit www.schoedinger.com to offer condolences or a memory of Nancy.

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