Catherine C. Bendetti "Connie", 84, of Orwigsburg, passed away Sunday, October 28th, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown, surrounded by her loving family. Connie was born in New Philadelphia, PA on November 26, 1933, a daughter of the late Veronica (Smolskis) and John Crochunis. She was the wife of Robert Bendetti. She was a member of St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church Schuylkill Haven.
In addition to her parents, Connie was preceded in death by a sister, Helen, and two brothers, John and Paul.
In addition to her husband, Robert L., Connie is also survived by a daughter, Cathy, wife of Gregory Yutko, of Orwigsburg,
Four sons, Rob, husband of Mary Bendetti, of Pawley’s Island, SC
Michael, husband of Dawn Bendetti, of Orwigsburg
Douglas, husband of Cali Bendetti, of Tampa, FL
Kenneth Bendetti, of Orwigsburg
Grandchildren: Gregg, Eric, Erika, David, Kevin, Rachel, Emily, Mikaylah, and Doug, Jr.
Great Granddaughter Harlow and Great Grandson Lane, born on Oct. 4, 2018.
Her sister, Dolores, of Allentown, widow of Paul Homovich.her sister in law, Dorothy Bendetti of Orwigsburg, widow of Daniel Bendetti, and nieces and nephews.
Connie was a 1951 graduate of Pottsville Area High School. After graduation, Connie worked as a secretary for the Federal Government at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland, where she met her loving husband, Robert, who was stationed there in the Army. Robert was from Brooklyn, NY. Connie and Bob married on Dec. 14, 1957 and lived in Brooklyn where their 5 children were born. In 1973, looking for a better life for their family, they moved to the Orwigsburg area, where they have lived in the same home for the past 45 years. In December, 2017, Connie and Bob celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary at their home.
In 1979, Connie decided to go to college and attended Penn State Schuylkill. She attended college with her daughter and son, and in 1981, Connie graduatedwith an Associates Degree in Business. She worked for several years for the Bureau of Mines as an Administrative Assistant, and then at the former Wearever Pen Company. Connie loved her family very much and was proud of her children and grandchildren. She always looked forward to their visits.
Private Services at the convenience of the family are entrusted to the Hamilton-Breiner Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., Orwigsburg. InLieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Ruth Steinert Memorial SPCA PO Box 332 Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972.
Ruth Steinert Memorial SPCA
18 Wertz Drive, Pine Grove PA 17963