Lizzi Benzing

July 28, 1928 - March 11, 2016
Lizzi Benzing

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Lizzi Nielsen Benzing, age 87, died peacefully on Friday, March 11, 2016 at Four Seasons Elizabeth House.   She is survived by her husband, E. Peter Benzing; sons, Thomas R. Benzing with wife Janet James, and Paul Benzing with wife Pamela McIntosh; three grandchildren, Jenna, Casey, and Eleanor Benzing; and a sister, Gurli Olsen.


A native of Denmark, where she received her training as a brain pathology technician, she came to the US in 1955 to work at Harvard Medical School in Boston where she met Peter.  They married in 1957, lived in Zurich Switzerland for four years, and then moved to St Louis MO where her children were born.  Before moving to Flat Rock, NC ten years ago, the family lived for thirty years in Sewickley, PA where their sons grew up. She enjoyed the outdoors and gardening.  Lizzi’s home was always filled with flowers.  She and Peter traveled extensively in the US and abroad.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the dedicated and caring staff of Four Seasons Hospice.

Friends and family are invited to a celebration of her life to be held on Saturday, April 9, from 3-5 PM, at Kenmure Country Club, Flat Rock, NC.

Charitable donations in her memory can be made to Four Seasons Hospice or Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy.

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  • March 14, 2016
    Paul Benzing says:
    I love you Mom. You will always be in my heart.

  • March 15, 2016
    Nicole says:
    I would like to express my sincere condolences for your family's loss. My hope for writing you and your family is to bring you a measure of comfort! Jesus Christ promised, “Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.” (John 5:28, 29) During this difficult time please take comfort in your memories and in God's word the Bible and the promises found within. Isaiah 33:24; Revelation 21:3, 4. I am also attaching an audio link that has helped myself and others to cope with the loss of a loved one. It was comforting for me and I hope it will be comforting for you as well.

  • March 17, 2016
    John Crawford says:
    Peter, Our sincerest condolences to you and your family. We know you are grieving, but we hope you are comforted that Lizzi is no longer suffering. Hope to see your infectious smile again soon. Donna and John Crawford

  • March 17, 2016
    Pat Bissonnet and Stan Christman says:
    We will miss Lizzi's good mind, her deep throated laughter when amused, and her sense of humor. Peter, we hope to see you soon