Frederick J “Bim” Benonis

May 16, 1930 - April 21, 2017
Frederick J “Bim” Benonis

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Fred, who was also known as “Bim,” died very peacefully at the Elizabeth House, a hospice facility in Flat Rock, NC on the morning of Thursday, April 21, 2017. He was born in Pottsville, PA on May 16, 1930, the son of George and Lenore Liebner Benonis. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Anne Marie, and his brother, Rev. William.

Fred attended St. Patrick’s grade school and graduated in 1948 from Pottsville Catholic High School where he played both football and basketball. He was drafted into the United States Army and served in Germany during the Cold War. He then attended LaSalle College and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1958. Fred lived for several years in Bethlehem, PA before settling in his beloved Poconos of Pennsylvania.

He had a great passion for nature and showed it in his appreciation of hunting and fishing. Fred drove to North Carolina to visit his brother, Rev. Richard, to enjoy some spring fishing. Two days after he arrived he complained of chest pressure and upset stomach. He was admitted to the Veterans Affairs Hospital with the diagnoses of bone marrow cancer, kidney failure, and congestive heart condition. After a short hospital stay, he was transferred to hospice.

Fred is survived by two brothers, George, his elder brother, and Rev. Richard, his younger brother, and by several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in the family plot in Pottsville, PA.

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