Friday, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Holland Barry & Bennett
Saturday, at 10:00 a.m., the funeral home.
Funeral home: Holland Barry & Bennett Funeral
Dorothy Jean Bennis of Thousand Oaks, California,
formerly of Lincoln, Illinois, where she lived for
36years at the family's Tenth Street address,
gracefully took her leave after 90 years of
lifeSunday morning, August 10, 2014.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband,
William F. Bennis, owner and operator of the Lincoln
and Freeport theatres, beloved son, Anthony William
Bennis, sister, Evelyn Madigan, and brother Kenneth,
She was born Dorothy Jean George, daughter to Ralph
and Thelma George on March 24th, 1924, in Freeport,
Illinois. She was the eldest of eight children. She
is survived by sisters Shirley Johnson,Judy Parsons,
Carolyn Smith, Gail George, and brother Richard,
"Dick" George. She is also survived by her son,
David William Bennis, and daughters, Mary Ann
Gibson, Martha Jean Scrimenti, and Sara Jane
Sterbenc. Dorothy was the grandmother of eight
adoring grandchildren. Wendy Hanebrink, Mary
Katherine, "Kate" Monroe, Stephanie Reed, Anne
Ricci, Suzanne Scrimenti, Maxwell Sterbenc, Samuel
Sterbenc, and Thomas Sterbenc. She was also the
proud Great Grandparent of Kurt and Brett Hanebrink,
Margaret “Maggie” Gibson, Ryan Monroe, Julia Reed
and Angelene Ricci.
In her teen years, Dorothy's modeling career saw her
featured in the Rotogravure and the London Art
Dorothy was a volunteer at St. John's Hospital for 5
years in Springfield, Illinois and worked for
several years at the, "Yellow Unicorn" in Lincoln
before she and husband Bill shook off the bitter
winters of central Illinois for sunny California in
Dorothy was very much a "people person" and although
many friends have already preceded her in death, she
still leaves many who remember her fondly.
Visitation: Friday, August 15th from 5 to 7 p.m. at
Holland Barry & Bennett Funeral Home.
Funeral service: Saturday, August 16th at 10:00
a.m., Holland Barry & Bennett Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the Les Turner ALS
Foundation of Chicago
5550 W. Touhy Ave. Suite 302
Skokie IL 60077
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