In Memory of Janice Fralick Benton

February 11, 1928 - February 12, 2020

Resided in Utica, NY


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Janice Fralick Benton, 92, formerly of East Aurora, NY, died February 12, 2020 at the Masonic Care Community, Utica.

She was born February 11, 1928, in Edmeston, NY, the daughter of Jerry and Marguerite Porter Fralick.  She graduated from Edmeston Central School and the Utica School of Commerce.

Janice married Robert A. Benton, February 19, 1949 at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, New Hartford.  He died August 24, 2005.

She was a teacher’s aide at the East Aurora School District.

Janice was a member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, New Hartford, and St. Matthias Episcopal Church, East Aurora; she was also a lifetime member of the Eastern Star.

She was a Master Gardener through Cornell Cooperative Extension and had a special love for her cats.

Janice is survived by her children, Suzanne Benton (Richard Jones) of Cazenovia, NY, Patricia Benton Laribee (Donald J.) of New Hartford, and David Bradley Benton of Holland, NY; her grandchildren, Donald R. Laribee (Marita Tolfa) of New Hartford, and Robert F. Benton of Olean, NY; and great granddaughter, Leonella Louise Laribee; her brother, Roger Maxson of Deerfield; and several nieces, nephews and cousins, especially Joan Duff.  She was predeceased by her son, Robert W. Benton, and her sister, Mareia Gould.

The family extends special thanks to Wiley Hall and the skilled nursing unit of the Masonic Care Community for all of the care and support for Janice, especially the Windham neighborhood staff.

A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, February 19, 2020, at 12:00 Noon at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, New Hartford.  Interment will be in Green Lawn Cemetery in the spring.There will also be a gathering to celebrate Jan's life at the American Legion Post 362, located at 1 Legion Dr, East Aurora, NY, between 1pm and 4pm on Saturday, February 22nd.