Clara Beninati


Clara Beninati, 91, a 45 year resident of Charlton, died at her home in South Jordan, Utah on October 17. She was born in Ossining, NY to Donato and Jennie (Fasciani) Sylvestri on October 12, 1926 and was one of 6 children.

She attended Albany State Teachers College, where she obtained a teaching degree and met fellow student and future husband Albert Beninati of Ballston Spa. They were married on August 20, 1949 and Clara immediately started her teaching career in Sharon Springs, NY.

After the birth of her first two children, in Kerhonkson, NY where her husband was teaching at the time, she taught 3rd grade in Valley Cottage, NY. Clara then moved with her family to New Paltz, NY, where her two younger children were born. This was followed by a 4-year prestigious and invigorating period when she moved with children ages 2 months to 14 years to Dar-es-Salaam Tanzania, where her husband was working on a USAID Project helping to establishment a national University system. After the experience in Africa, the family returned briefly to Ballston Spa and then to Charlton. Clara again returned to teaching, substituting at Galway elementary school.

Clara was a member of Ballston Spa Country Club and later an avid member of a ladies golf league that played at Saratoga Spa State Park. She and her husband traveled regularly to Italy, where Clara established and maintained contact with a cousin and her father's extended family in Cugnoli, Abruzzo. Clara was an excellent cook, especially known for authentic Italian meals and outstanding pies. Due to her many years in Charlton, Clara became an avid lover of the nature that surrounded their home.

She is predeceased by her husband Albert Beninati and survived by her four children: Claire Anne (Vic Thomson) of Toronto and Cozumel, Mexico; Noel (Judy Kinns) of Bluffton, SC; William (Deborah Sherry) of Sandy, Utah and Barbara Beninati of Danbury CT; grandchildren Genevieve, Daniel, Anna, Michael, Mary, Alexa and Gabriel; brother Henry Sylvestri and sister Joan (skunk) (Booth) Mattson.

Clara will be cremated and her ashes will be interred at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery. Donations in her name can made to Brighton Home Health and Hospice, 1106 E 6600 S, Suite 100, Murray, UT 84121.