Jessie Beninati


Jessie Anabel (Edwards) Beninati passed away peacefully on January 20, 2021. She was 99 years old. She was the daughter of Rachel (Uecker) and Tracy Edwards and was born on August 7, 1921. She grew up with her brother Carl in the north end of Ballston Spa, sledding across the Blue Mill Bridge, smelling chocolate from Bischoff’s Chocolate Factory and roller skating across the Bachellerville Bridge in Edinburgh. She saw Amelia Earhart during a stop in the village and she rode horses whenever she could.

She married Louis Beninati after WW II, raised her three daughters in the house that they built together on Lewis Street, and lived independently in that home, until recently. She lived her entire life in Ballston Spa, while she traveled the US and the world.

She worked at Caplan’s Style Shop in her youth and the Ballston Spa Central School District until retirement. She was a leader and president of the local Girl Scout Council. She shared her love of the outdoors, birds (especially the chickadees at her feeder), gardening, hiking and her independent spirit with her children.

She was predeceased by her parents, three brothers, her husband, Louis and her daughter, Sally Van Alstyne. She is survived by her daughters Carol Bennett and LouAnn Beninati and her son in law Robert Van Alstyne. She is also survived by 8 grandchildren and their families, Robert L (Boo) and Tammy Van Alstyne , Jennifer Bennett, Tracy and Steve Russo, David and Elise Bennett, Troy Coutrayer and Lisa Vestiwig, LaWanda and John Legault, Elaina and Jermaine Armstead, Jesse Coutrayer and Ashley Baschand, and 11 great grandchildren, Bobby, Stephen, Ben, Sebastian, Max, Brooke, Kalob, Brandon, Cameron, Clark and Milo.

The family would like to thank the staff of the Home of the Good Shepherd for their gentle care over the past three years. Due to COVID-19, services will be scheduled at a later date. Those wanting to honor Jessie’s memory are encouraged to make a donation to Robin’s Nest Children’s Center 20 Allen Street Burlington, VT 05401, or the Home of the Good Shepherd 400 Church St, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Guest Book

Karen (Kalwa) Delcoure

When I was 5yo, I moved to Ballston Spa with my mom, dad, & sister. That turned out to be a great move for many reasons and a real bonus was our neighbors directly behind our house - The Beninatis - Louis, Jessie, Carol, Sally & LouAnn. LouAnn & I were the same age and became instant friends continuing to live as next door neighbors until our college years. The wonderful memories I have of those years were in large part facilitated by Mrs Beninati. I spent a lot of time next door & knew their house very well from the kitchen where Lou & I honed our culinary skills to IDing birds & playing cards at the picture window, to bowling downstairs, and to the magical laundry chute. Outside we picked apples, played softball, ice skated, biked, climbed trees, invented games, & ran through the sprinkler. There were times when things didn't go precisely as planned but Mrs Beninati was always available to patch us up or help us fix what we had messed up. When I reconnected with her a few years ago, our relationship was now remembering the good old days & catching up but also enjoying something we both enjoyed - rocking chairs. I will miss my rocking buddy, my friend, my super senior, my 1st best friend's mom.....until we meet again.

Mary Day O'Connor

Dear Lou Ann and family, I am very sorry about your Mother I have wonderful memories of staying overnight at her home while attending Cobleskill college She made us feel very welcome and in the morning made us pizza fritte for breakfast I enjoyed it very much and used to make it for my family on New Years Eve Thinking of you and your family at this sad time Sincerely, Mary Day O'Connor

Christine Kuchar

Carol, I was very sorry to hear of your mom's passing. She was such a sweet and gentle lady that I got to know
quite well because of her many years attending my aerobic dance classes. You and your family will be in my
thoughts and prayers.

Liz Holub

I am so sorry to hear about Jesse's passing. She was a true friend of my Mother, Barbara Welch. We used to ride to school(work) together at the Ballston Spa Middle School. She was a wonderful person, and I always liked her large picture window where she would look at her birds. I know she is up in heaven with my Mom and all the rest.

Marlene Denison

Carol, LouAnn and family,
My condolences and prayers to all. I will miss my visits with my last first cousin. She was a strong women and her trips with Bart were very enjoyable to her. May you all find comfort that her suffering is over. Love to all, Marlene

Eleanor Collins

May the peace that passes all understanding abide in all of her family's hearts. Her caring nature and loving spirit were very strong. She made all who came to her presence feel welcome. She was a calming force and I was impressed the very first time I met her. Her whole Edinburgh family has that same huge intellect and grace. She has passed on much to live up to in her legacy. May peace and love come to the whole family through wonderful memories she has left. She joins much family on the other side. May comfort surround you Carol, Lou Ann, Jennifer, David, and Max and Brooke and all. Love, Aunt Eleanor

Wayne Quill

Carol, my sincere condolences to you and your family. Stay safe and God bless.

Barb (Rendo) Woodruff

Dear LouAnn,
My condolences on your Mom’s passing, many times the memory of your parents hospitality has come to mind.
Take care,
Barb

Marion Cole, Debbie Bills

Carol & family, May your dear Mother rest in peace! She lived a long life and she will be greatly missed. We are sorry for your loss. Sending our Love!

Kathleen Kalwa

So sorry for your loss. We lived next door during my entire youth. I have such great memories of climbing the apple tree, ice skating in her yard and playing pinochle. She would be doing projects while Mr Beninati was listening to the Mets on the radio. And, getting to attend many of their family reunions, even though we were not related. And the food!!! Yum!!! Again, so sorry for your loss.