Rose Mary Benson

Rose Mary Benson, 93, of Chestnut Road, Dunkirk, formerly of Forestville, died Monday, January 14, 2013, at her residence. She was born in the Town of Han-over, on September 11, 1919, the daughter of the late William and Salvatora (Sciolino) Grisanti.

Mrs. Benson was a graduate of Forestville High School, Class of 1937 and at one time worked for the former Curtis Wright Defense Plant in Buffalo. She also worked as a waitress most of her life, including the former Rusch’s Restaurant, the former Vineyard Restaurant, Shorewood Country Club, all of Dun-kirk and the former Town & Country Restaurant in Dallas, TX, where she wait-ed on Howard Hughes.

Mrs. Benson enjoyed meeting people and traveling. She traveled through Europe and extensively across the United States.

Survivors include a son, Angelo (Laura) Benson, of Erie, PA; a nephew, James T. (Darlene) Scavona and a niece Shirley Scavona, both of Erie, PA; and several cousins.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband George F. Benson, who died August 12, 1979; by a sister Martha Scavona; by 2 brothers Frank J. and Bennett J. Grisanti; and by an infant son, William Ben-son.

There will be no visitation observed. Private Services will be at the convenience of the family from Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville and private interment will be in Forestville Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial donations may be made to the Lakeshore Humane Society, P.O. Box 12, Fredonia, NY 14063. To post condolences go to