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Beverly June (Woodward) Benaglio


Beverly, passed away peacefully at the age of 93 on the evening of February 28th, 2021. She was born in Ishpeming, MI in 1927. She graduated from Ishpeming high school, where she was a football and basketball cheerleader, member of the National Honor Society, and vice president of her senior class. Upon graduation during WWII, she registered for civil service and was assigned to the stenographic pool at an army office in Chicago. She returned to Michigan’s UP after the war ended and enrolled at Northern Michigan University, where she was a class officer. She married John Benaglio in June, 1947. They moved to Pontiac, MI, where Beverly worked for Pontiac Motors and then taught first grade. John’s job with the MA Hanna mining company subsequently involved moves to Iron River, MI, Hibbing, MN, and Avon Lake, OH. After retirement they relocated to Sun City West, AZ, where Beverly enjoyed golfing, volunteering at a thrift shop, and memberships in bridge clubs and the calligraphy club. Beverly was a member of the Sun City West calligraphy club for 44 years, and she enjoyed making handmade gift cards that she sold in the community store and at craft fairs. A legacy of her gift card sales were the contributions she made to five charitable organizations in November, 2020. Beverly was a Lutheran and an avid churchgoer.
Beverly was preceded in death by John her husband of 61 years in 2008, as well as her mother Edith, stepfather Arne, sister Phyllis, and brother Owen. She is survived by her sons John (Eileen) Benaglio in Scottsdale, AZ and Bruce Benaglio in Surprise, AZ, grandsons Scott Benaglio (Tom Osborne) in NYC and Don (Jill) Benaglio in Scottsdale, AZ, and great-grandchildren Jack, Stella, and Raffaella. Family will attend a celebration of life ceremony at the Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Sun City West. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.