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Peter A. Bensche Sr.

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Peter A. Bensche Sr. died September 6, 2012 at Plano Presbyterian Hospital from ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Peter was born at Manchester (CT) Memorial Hospital on November 27, 1961 to Jane and the late George Bensche.

A long time resident of Greenfield, MA, Peter was known for his hard work, outgoing spirit and zest for life. He attended Four Corners Elementary and Greenfield Junior High Schools. He was in the first freshman class at Franklin County Technical School in 1976 and graduated in 1980 with a carpentry specialty. He was confirmed (and married) at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. A sportsman in his early years, he played for Mohawk Music in Little League and won several Junior Babe Ruth League championships with Alberti’s Yankees in 1975-77, where he played centerfield and was known for his strong arm. Pete also played for a time with the Strathmore Paper Company baseball team.

Peter worked at a variety of firms in Franklin County, including tobacco picker at Consolidated Cigar in South Hadley, plant manager of Hallmark Color Labs in Turners Falls and facilities manager for Lake Grove at Maple Valley in Wendell. He also had his own carpentry business for several years in the early 1980’s.

A devoted and patriotic American, Peter volunteered to serve in the U.S. Army in 1991. After basic training at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri for the Army Corps of Engineers, he saw overseas service in Germany (1991-2), Somalia (1992), and Haiti (1994). From 1992-1996, he was stationed at Ft. Drum NY with the 10th Mountain Division, 642nd/41st Engineer Company (the Deuce). He was discharged in 1996 with the rank of E-5, Sergeant.

As he built a family, he cheered on his children in sports, coaching little league, organizing dinners for the football teams and homecoming bonfires. He served as a Boy Scout master for his son’s troop from 1995 to 2002. He took great pleasure in camping, hiking, fishing, going to Hampton Beach, and having cook outs with family and friends. Pete was a candidate for town council government in Greenfield, it was one of his shining moments of trying to make a better community.

Pete began a long career in 1999 as a project manager for Global Engineering and Construction, travelling the country overseeing large building projects on military bases, including: Ft. Drum, NY; Ft. Stewart, GA; Ft. Polk, LA; Ft. Carson, CO; Ft. Bliss, TX; Monterrey Language School in CA, and finally Ft. Lewis, WA where he retired in 2012 as his illness progressed.

Survivors include his loving wife Ludmyla Bensche of Plano, TX; daughter Christina Wilson of El Paso, TX; son Peter Bensche Jr. of Colorado Springs, CO; step daughters Lana Wilmot of Dallas, TX and Oksana ( Alexandre) Gubar of Kiev, Ukraine; grandsons Zaiden Wilson and Keigan Bensche, Richie and Valerie; mother Jane Bensche of Manchester, CT; siblings Christina Bensche of DeForest, WI, Maureen ( Paul) Buettner of Manchester, CT, Michael (Sheila) Bensche of Longmeadow, MA, John (Christine) Bensche of Scarsdale, NY; 16 nieces and nephews; and his children’s mother Debra Wickline Bensche of Colorado Springs, CO.

Guests are invited for visitation at Zion Lutheran Church, 112 Cooper St., Manchester, CT on Friday October 19th at 10:00 AM, with an 11:00 AM Memorial Service to celebrate Peter’s life. Burial with military honors will follow in East Cemetery, Manchester, CT. Memorial contributions may be made to the ALS Association of Connecticut, 4 Oxford Road, Unit- D, Milford, CT 06460. To leave an online condolence please visit www.holmes-watkinsfuneralhomes.com

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