Adeline Benson

Adeline G. (Lorentson) Benson, age 90, of Watertown, died peacefully at home on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012. A devoted and resourceful mother, spouse, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday Sept. 29, 11 a.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church (513 Madison Street S.E.), Watertown, with Rev. David Weeks officiating; visitation Friday 4-7 p.m. and 1 hour prior to the service, all at the church in Watertown.

Adeline Gladys Lorentson was born the daughter of Alfred D. and Josephine (Ekstrom) Lorentson on Feb. 17, 1922, in Black River Township of Pennington County, Minn. Shortly after she was born, her father sought and won public office as the registrar of deeds of Pennington County and they sold the farm and moved into Thief River Falls. She and her older brothers, Adrian born in 1918 and Donald born in 1921, were joined by a third brother, Lennert, born in 1924, and now the completed family moved into 611 North Main, where the kids grew up.

The family was active in the Swedish Covenant Church and the children were gifted academically and athletically. Her oldest brother Adrian captained the St. Olaf Hockey Team, brother Don was a key member and co-captain of the 1938 Thief River Falls H.S. State Championship Basketball Team and Lennert played football, basketball, and baseball. Adeline won Thief River Falls female athlete of the year trophy. She was a standout tennis player and a talented swimmer and golfer. After graduation from High School in 1939, she attended St. Olaf College for 2 years and then returned home to work for her dad. Early in 1943, her brother Don died suddenly during Marine Dive bomber training after and acute respiratory infection.   She was united in marriage with Joseph L. Benson on Nov. 4, 1943, at the Mission Covenant Church in Thief River Falls. This union lasted 62 years and produced four children. The family resided in Balaton, Minn., from 1946 to 1955, where Louie taught English and Social Studies; Evansville, Minn., from 1955 to 1966, where Louie was first principal and then superintendent of schools; and finally Watertown, from 1966 to the present. Louie retired there in 1979.

Preceded in death by her husband, Joseph “Louie” Benson; parents Alfred and Josephine (Ekstrom) Lorentson; brothers Adrian, Donald and Lennert Lorentson.

Adeline brought a keen intelligence and commitment to parenting and family life, to her many friendships, to church, and community activities. She was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Watertown for over 46 years. Adeline was a generous hostess, loved bridge, golf, swimming and travel. Adeline Louis swam 3 mornings a week and golfed into their middle 80’s. She was a woman of great beauty, dignity, humor and integrity and remained vigorous and engaging to the end of her days.

Adeline is survived by her loving family; children Donald (Dawn) Benson of Farming, Susan (Gary) Rettke of Blaine, Thomas Benson of Fairbanks, Alaska, James (Konnie) Benson of St. Cloud; grandchildren Leah and Dan Malmgren, Naomi Rettke and Dave Bachman, Philip Rettke, Amy Gunderson, Keith Benson, Christopher Sjogren, Jenna Benson; great-grandchildren Madeline and Avery Christenson, Hannah, Luke and Rachel Malmgren, Diego and Josephine Bachman; sisters-in-law Marguerite Lorentson of Ludington, Michigan, Margaret Benson of Fresno, California; nieces, nephews, other relatives, including cousins Muriel Peterson, Kenneth Swanson and Shirley Sorvig of Thief River Falls and Lorraine Sjulson of New Braunfels, Texas and friends.

Arrangements with the Johnson Funeral Home, Waconia 952-442-2121