Pamela S. Benecke, 68, of Neponset, died Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, at her home. As per her wishes, cremation has been accorded and there will be no services held. Memorials may be made to OSF Hospice, Kewanee; or to the Nolan Benecke College Fund. Cremation has been accorded by Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Geneseo.

Pamela S. Benecke, 68, of Neponset, died Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, at her home. As per her wishes, cremation has been accorded and there will be no services held. Memorials may be made to OSF Hospice, Kewanee; or to the Nolan Benecke College Fund. Cremation has been accorded by Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Geneseo.

Pamela was born Oct. 21, 1948, in Freeport, the daughter of Kenneth and Alberta (DeGan) Buss. She graduated from Freeport High School and went on to attend Western Illinois University and then went to earn her degree from Northern Illinois University. She was united in marriage to Ernest H. Benecke on Jan. 23, 1973, in Freeport, and he preceded her in death on May 18, 2011. Pamela worked at the Walmart Pharmacy in Kewanee as a tech for 20 years and, after moving to Florida, she worked at the Publix grocery store for many years.

Pamela loved hosting parties for family and friends. She enjoyed golfing at Midland Country Club and going on cruises. Most of all, she enjoyed the 10 years she and Erine spent together at The Villages in Florida where they had moved.

She is survived by her daughters, Tiffany (Kyle) DeSpain, of Savoy; and Shanna Benecke, of Freeport; son, Matt (Lesley) Benecke, of Neponset; grandchildren, Kara Place and Nolan Benecke; and a sister, Sandy (Ken) Foltz, of Lena. She was preceded in death by her husband, Erine; and her parents.