Rhoda Inventasch Benjamin

Rhoda Benjamin ,72, of Orange – wife of Don Benjamin for 44 happy years- passed away at home with her family at her side on Aug. 5 from Merkel Cell Carcinoma after a long 7 year battle. Rhoda was raised in New Haven and Orange graduating from Hillhouse High School in 1955, Univ. of Bridgeport and Mass. Eye and Ear Hospital. She worked as a Certified Orthoptist (eye therapist) at Yale New Haven Hospital and for several area Ophthalmologist’s for 49 years. Rhoda is survived by her husband Don, their son Eric and wife Tracy Benjamin and grandchildren Ethan and Andrew of Cheshire, her daughter Caryn Benjamin of Mesa, AZ and her sister Hyla Miller of Scottsdale, AZ. Rhoda’s deceased parents were Mollie and lrving lnventasch – owners of lrving’s Variety Store on Legion Ave for many years. Rhoda enjoyed tennis, golf, skiing, travel and a gourmet cooking group where she made friendships that have lasted years and years. Rhoda’s family would like to thank most especially nurse Barbara and all the staff at MOH for their patience, help, understanding and concern during this long struggle and nurse Karen of Hospice.

Funeral Service at the Cong. Or Shalom Synagogue, 205 Old Grassy Hill Rd., Orange, CT., Sunday afternoon at 12:30 PM. The interment will be in the Beth Israel Cemetery, Derby-Milford Rd., Orange. Period of mourning will be observed at the Benjamin residence, 330 Wildwood Dr., Orange, CT., through Wednesday evening. ¬†Memorial contributions may be made to Huntington’s Disease Society of America, 101 Deer Run Dr., Colchester, CT 06445 ¬†or Or Shalom Synagogue, Rhoda Benjamin Special Fund, 205 Old Grassy Hill Rd., Orange, CT 06477.

Directions to Congregation Or Shalom.

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  1. Michael and Nadia Bloom said,

    08.06.10 at 10:12 pm

    Our thoughts and sympathy go out to the Benjamins. We will miss Rhoda very much. Rhoda and Don have always been part of the Bloom family celebrations and joyful milestones. My father is quite blessed to have such loving cousins.

  2. Susan Hadelman Sloin said,

    08.07.10 at 11:52 am

    I have some wonderful memories of Rhoda from high school and beyond. She was always warm, friendly and down-to-earth whenever I would see her and remained that way over the years. My deepest sympathy to her family.

  3. Kaatje Harrison said,

    08.07.10 at 10:11 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. She was a lovely, vibrant woman and mother and we were fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet her through Caryn at Penn State. Our deepest sympathies.

  4. Peter A. Small, M.D. said,

    08.08.10 at 7:53 am

    I have known and worked with Rhoda for many years. She was a wonderful, kind, woman who was loved by her patients and respected by her colleagues. I will miss her very much, and I would like to offer my sincere condolences to her family.

  5. Joan and Ken Kreiger said,

    08.08.10 at 10:23 am

    We’ve been next door neighbors for 17 years and we couldn’t have asked for better friends. Rhoda watched our girls grow up over the years and we will all miss her smile, her wit and her friendship. We are honored and privileged to watch the grace and dignity she shared these last few months, reminding us all that the truly important things in life are family, friends and love.

  6. Betsy, Vinnie and Lori Marro and Richard Sampietro said,

    08.08.10 at 11:59 am

    We would like to express our deepest sympathy to Don and his family at the loss of his wife Rhoda. their mother and the childrens grandmother. I never had the pleasure of meeting Rhoda. but my daughter and husband did. they expressed to me what a lovely person she was. they drove Don and Rhoda to new york for one of their many cruises, thats how they met. Don has been our landlord for eleven years now. but we dont think of him as our landlord. to us he is family and we have come to love him over the years. our hearts and prayers are with him and his family in their time of need. Rhoda will live on in the hearts of her family and friends.

  7. rebecca jacobs said,

    08.08.10 at 8:58 pm

    My sympathies to the family.. I watched the kids grow up had them as students and had many a conference with Don and Rhoda. They were always lively. Throughout the yrs we would see each other in Vt. or around town and would then have laughs over the past. I know the family will miss her and were fortunate to have had such a caring person in their lives.

  8. Jonathan and Tricia Bloom said,

    08.09.10 at 11:28 am

    We were away and just came home to the sad news. Our love and sympathies go out to Don and the rest of the family at this time. Rhoda was such an intrinsic part of our extended family, and as my brother Michael put it, we will always associate her with the most joyous of celebrations. We will miss her very much.

  9. Neil Albert Salonen, President said,

    08.11.10 at 1:54 pm

    It is with great sorrow that we note the passing of our treasured alumna, Rhoda Inventasch Benjamin (AS ’58). Rebecca and I join with the entire UB community in extending our heartfelt condolences to her family and friends on their loss. May you be comforted among all the mourners of Israel and Jerusalem, and may her memory be for a blessing.

  10. Joe & Shirley Pero said,

    08.11.10 at 8:38 pm

    Joe and I were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Rhoda. Our love, thoughts and prayers go out to your family.