Obituary of Sharon Marie Benac
Sharon M. Benac, a beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully on May 5, 2023, at the age of 73, in Joliet, Illinois. Sharon was born on July 9, 1949, in Joliet, to the late Alban and Dolores Scheuber. She was a proud graduate of St. Francis Academy, where she made many lifelong friends.
Sharon married her soulmate, James “Jim” Benac, in November 1968. Together, they built a thriving flooring business and worked side by side every day until their retirement. After retiring, they moved to North Las Vegas to enjoy the warm weather, and Sharon found joy in volunteering at her local VA. She also discovered her passion for line dancing and became a beloved instructor in her community.
After Jim's passing, Sharon relocated to Kuna, Idaho, and recently returned to Joliet. She was known for her bubbly personality and always had a kind word and a smile for everyone she met.
Sharon is survived by her loving children, John (Cheryl) Benac of Channahon, IL, and Yvonne (Hector) Menchaca of Apple Valley, MN; grandchildren, Jeremy (Leanne) Zimmerman, Jeanette (Ron) Fugger, and Victoria Menchaca; great-grandchildren, Jaxon, Harper, Kolton, and Mason; and her siblings Larry (Lynda) Scheuber, Ken (Leslie) Scheuber, Al (Denise) Scheuber, Art (Kathy) Scheuber, and Ron (Chris) Scheuber, “Chico” Robert Mack, Jr., Kay (Joe) Elens, and “Pops” Robert Mack, Sr., as well as numerous nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, and grand-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Jim, her parents, Alban and Dolores, and great-granddaughter, Alice Zimmerman.
She lived a life full of sunshine and had a youthful spirit. Sharon will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
A Memorial Gathering for Sharon will be held on May 23, 2023, at the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, 3200 Black Rd. (at Essington Rd.), Joliet, IL, from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 10:30 a.m. As it was her request, cremation rites have been accorded. Inurnment will follow at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood at 12:00 p.m. where she will be laid to rest with her husband James.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to your local veterans’ group would be kindly appreciated. Sharon was a proud supporter of veterans and their families and would be honored to know that her memory is helping others in need.
For more information please 815-741-5500 or visit her Memorial Tribute at www.fredcdames.com where you can share a favorite memory or leave an online condolence.