unknown - November 17, 2012
Agnes Louise (O’Connor) Benfey died Nov. 17, 2012. Agnes was the beloved wife of Rudolf Benfey for 56 years, until his death in February 2012. She was born Nov 25, 1924, to Louise and Joseph O’Connor in Olyphant, Pa., the youngest of five children. The family moved to Jamaica Queens, New York City in the 1920s. She graduated from Jamaica High School, Hunter College and Columbia University with a master’s degree in library science. Upon graduation she worked in the NYC Public Library system. In the early 1950s, Agnes took a position with the Department of Defense as a librarian for the U.S. Military Base in Wiesbaden, Germany. While there she met Rudy, the love of her life. Together they shared a love of family, good music, travel, fine wine and food (of which Rudy always finished for Agnes). Agnes and Rudy married in Europe in 1955 and returned home to the states. They settled in Liverpool, where they raised their four children. Agnes returned to work in the Liverpool Central Schools as the resource librarian. Agnes shared her love of learning not only with her own children but with all those she touched (she taught her children the love of reading and to do crossword puzzles). Agnes was a member of Christ the King Church since its inception. In her retirement Agnes continued her love of travel and learning. She and Rudy spent a year of adventures in Australia.
Agnes was a volunteer with the Liverpool Public Library; she served on their board of directors, was a member of the Friends of the Library and spent many years with the Used Books sales. Agnes’ love of classical music also led her to volunteer with the Syracuse Symphony. In 1996, Agnes received the Syracuse Symphony Music Woman of the Year award.
Agnes is survived by her children and grandchildren: Edward, Louise both of Liverpool, David (Kathy) and their children Eric and Kelly of Rome, N.Y., and Peter (Alice) and their daughter Katie of Saratoga Springs.
Calling hours: from 5-8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19 at Maurer Funeral Home, 300 Second St., Liverpool Mass of Christian burial: 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20 at Christ the King Church, 21 Cherry Tree Circle, Liverpool.
The family would like to thank the staff of the Stroke Center at Crouse Hospital and especially Kris, RN who provided dignified end of life care to Agnes. Contributions in lieu of flowers can be made in Agnes’s memory to the Liverpool Public Library or to a musical charity.