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Troy- Geraldine DeBonis Bennett, 64, passed away peacefully on October 28, 2018. She was the loving daughter of the late James and Louise (Sorrento) DeBonis and the wife of the late Lead Bennett.
Geraldine was employed by Rensselaer County's VanRensselaer Manor for 39 years starting part-time in 1970 in housekeeping. Upon graduation from Troy High School she became secretary to the Manor's Activity Director. In 1976 she received her CDL license and then became the Activity Department's transportation driver which she enjoyed so much transporting the patients to all their outdoor excursions. In 1998 she became supervisor for the Foster Care's Transportation Unit where she retired from. Geraldine enjoyed her time with her family, especially at the pool, and with her many dear friends and cousins.
Geraldine is survived by her loving son who was her world, Marcus John Bennett. She is also survived by her three sisters, Jeannette DeBonis, Louise Dianne DeBonis, her brother James DeBonis, Jr. (Jennifer McLaughlin) all of Troy and her sister, Dolores Canseco (Javier) of California. In addition she is survived by her nephew Vincent Salinas and his son Tristan, her niece Rachael DeBonis (Josh) and their children, Aria and Mason Gill. She is also survived by her aunt, Yolanda Sorrento Caola (Ransen) of Brunswick and her brothers-in-law, Terry and Edward Bennett, and sister-in-law, Delinore Bennett.
Relatives and friends may call on Friday, November 2, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m at the McLoughlin & Mason Funeral Home, 8-109th Street, Troy, NY 12182, with a service immediately following at the Funeral Home. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Troy.
In lieu of flowers Geraldine requested that donations be made to the Activity Department of Van Rensselaer Manor, 85 Bloomingrove Drive, Troy, NY 12180 or to Rensselaer County's Adopt-a-Family, 127 Bloomingrove Drive, Troy, NY 12180.
Please visit www.mcloughlinmason.com.
So sorry to hear of this sad news. May she Rest In Peace. Prayers and Thoughts being sent to Jeanette, and your family.... Keep the Happy and fun memories alive!
Deborah Murray Nov 2 2018 12:00 AM
Jeanette,Louise,Jimmy,Delores, i am so sorry for the loss of Geraldine my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family .
Anthony Cavallo Nov 1 2018 12:00 AM
Jeanette and Louise my deepest sympathy. My prayers go out to you all at this time
leonardo Chiefari Nov 1 2018 12:00 AM
Ger, I will miss you deeply. I know you are with Lead and your Parents. Love, Sue
Sue Trudell Oct 31 2018 12:00 AM
Jeanette, Louise, Jimmy and Delores,My prayers go out to you and your family. My condolences. May Geraldine rest in peace.
Gary Sagendorf Oct 31 2018 12:00 AM
Rest In Peace Ger. My sympathies to Marcus and the Bennett family and to Jeannette and the DeBonis family.
Karen Dee Oct 31 2018 12:00 AM
Jeannette and Louise, my deepest sympathy. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers at this difficult time.
Jean Chatain Oct 31 2018 12:00 AM
Jeanette, Im so sorry for the loss of your sister. My prayers and sympathies are with you and your family.
Judy Grimsley Oct 30 2018 12:00 AM
Dear Jeanette, Louise, Jimmy and Delores,I am so sorry to learn of the sudden passing of Geraldine. You are such a beautiful close family. I pray that somehow you can find peace knowing you will see Ger again someday, and for now, cherish the wonderful memories you have made. Love you much.
Ginny Wheeler Oct 30 2018 12:00 AM
Please accept my sympathy, Clara Potter
Clara potter Oct 30 2018 12:00 AM