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Pamela Rae Benish

July 21, 2022 | 7 comments

Pamela Rae Benish, 70, of Harpers Ferry IA, passed away peacefully holding her husbands hand at Mayo Clinic Hospital in LaCrosse WI on July 19, 2022.
She was born on March 2, 1952 to Doris and Lester Marth in Mason City, Iowa. She was married to her loving husband Ed for 50 years.
She was a kind, caring and patient wife, parent, sister and friend. She always put others first. She loved nature and had an awe and wonder for rainbows and whales. Her joy was infectious.
Pamela graduated high school from Mason City High School, went to NIAAC and then while raising her children she graduated from Winona State University with a degree in accounting and got her CPA.
She retired from Wenonah Canoe as a CFO in 2010. She retired to the home her and her husband built in beautiful NE Iowa. Her and her husband spent winters in Hawaii for the last 6 years.
She looked forward to time spent hiking in nature and walking on the beach enjoying the sunshine and warm weather.
Pamela is survived by her husband Ed; her daughter Lisa (Kevin Stach); her sisters Merikay Mestad and Gail (Phil) Allison; sisters-in law Linda Boss, Judi (Pat) Heller, Mary (Roger) Timko, Laurie Quintero; brother- in-law Tom Benish, and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her son Adam Benish, her parents Doris and Lester Marth, her parents- in- law Ray and Mary Dolores Benish, her nephew Joseph Allison and her brother- in- laws Gary Mestad and Andy Boss.
There will be no formal service at the request of our loved one. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to: The Pacific Whale Foundation, St Jude’s Foundation or plant a tree in her memory.
Coulee Region Cremation Group of Onalaska, WI. is assisting the family with arrangements.



  1. Linda Boss

    I’m so happy I got to hike with Pam and my sisters on the Mississippi bluffs near Pam’s and Ed’s home last summer. It was fun to share the adventure and she was the perfect guide. Pam was about family and nature. When it came to family gatherings, Pam was generous in the vast array of homemade food she brought. Her apple pie was legendary. I’ll miss her.

  2. Pat and Buck Lambertsen

    Our Deepest Sympathy in loving memory of Pam. She was a very sweet cousin!!
    Loving memories
    Buck and Pat Lambertsen

  3. Mary Timko

    Pam will be missed greatly. She was a gem of a human being – so Joyful and mischievous. What a lady❤️

  4. Judi Heller

    I so loved Pam! She was my go to person when caring for Mom at the IOOF. She filled in and sent me home numerous times. But most importantly she was my best helper in getting Mom’s house ready to sell. We laughed a lot and I really needed her to tell me — throw those useless things away. I could not have done it without her. She always brought the best food to our Christmas gatherings. My Meri loves her bean dip which I make for Meri regularly at Christmas. I will miss Pam’s warmth and smile and giving nature. All my love, Judi

  5. Becky & Mike Fernette

    Wishing you peace and healing.

  6. Tom Benish

    Pam was such a loving, helpful, interesting person to know. She and Ed were so good together. What she and Ed did at there place with the tree plantings, etc, is really a great thing for the future. She really kept the hummingbirds fed. I was so fortunate to have known her and she was a part of the family.

  7. Kim Lane

    RIP Pam you will be very missed in the neighborhood!! Keeping our fond memories in our heart thoughts and prayers We will always remember your love and knowledge for nature 💔

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