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Dear Mrs. Benedict and Family:

 It is with great sadness that Reverend Benedict has passed.  For many years, while my family lived in Spring Lake, you and Reverend Benedict played a vital role in my family's life.  Reverend was there with my Mother when my two brothers died in 1965, Johnny in June and Paulie in September.  He helped my Mother through the separation of my Father and my Mother.  This was a most harrowing period in our lives, but Reverend Benedict's support, kindness, love and understanding helped us all navigate this journey.  Thank you.

A few years afterwards, it was with most heartfelt emotion that I had Revernd Benedict baptise my three children while he was serving at Genoa, N. Y.  

 All through these life events, our Lantern of Light and Support was always Reverend Benedict.  Our family is fewer in number now with the deaths of Dad (1990), Mother (2004), my sister's, Beverly (2008), June (2016) and Shirley (2017).  We celebrate their lives and the joy they shared.

Pease accept our condolences and sympathy on the loss of your loved one, Reverend Benedict.  He was a rare and blessed man and minister of the Gospel...And of life.

 Respectfully,

Irene Northrup-ZahosF

FamilyMatriarch and Great, Great-granddaughter of Solomon Northup

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