She was born on September 29, 1918 in Birmingham, Ala. and was the daughter of the late Constanza and Marianne Milletelo Gagliano.
She was a member of Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, the Parish Council of Catholic Women, and the Legion of Mary, all of Middletown. She loved the fellowship of her friends and family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a friend to all.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Gust J. Benko, who passed away on January 30, 1997, and seven siblings.
She is survived by her son Dr. Michael Benko, husband of Debbie from Middletown; daughter Roberta Benko Horney, wife of Tony of Middletown; seven grandchildren Dr. Michael, Rebecca, Coleen, Michael, Michelle, Angela and Douglas; 10 great-grandchildren; and a sister Catharine Khavkine of New York.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, February 21 at Seven Sorrows Church, 280 N. Race St., Middletown, with the Rev. Ted Keating as celebrant.
Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Harrisburg.
Viewing will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, February 20 and from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Thursday, February 21, at the Frank E. Matinchek and Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 260 E. Main St., Middletown.
Recitation of the Rosary will be at 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be shared at www.matinchekanddaughterfuneralhome.com.