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ELIZABETH VAN BENEDEN

Elizabeth “Betty” Van Beneden of Wheeling, WV died of natural causes on October 13, 2020. She was born on December 22, 1927 in Dillonvale, Ohio to Vincent and Stella Kensicki. She graduated valedictorian from Dillonvale High School at sixteen years of age. She then attended college at Miami of Ohio for a short time before she returned home to help with the family furniture business.

She married the love of her life, James Van Beneden. Betty said she “loved his blue eyes and his intellect”. Their union produced four daughters and one son. She was preceded in death by her husband, James, and their son, Jimmy. She is survived by her daughters (and spouses), Becky Van Beneden of Milford, Maine; Jeri Stone (Sam) of Morgantown, West Virginia; Karen Colley (Rich) of Pace, Florida; and Chris Van Beneden (Michael Glaser) of Atlanta, Georgia.

Betty leaves seven grandchildren whom she loved dearly: Morgan Stone Best, Emily Colley King, Joshua Stone, Alexandra Colley, Cydney Colley, Lara Stone and Andrea Cashon. She was also adored by her seven great -grandchildren: Felipe, Jolie, and Leo Lawall; Atticus King; Charlie and Lucy Best; and Mia Stone.

Betty was a devoted sister and aunt. She is survived by her loving brother, Joseph Kensicki, and her sister-in-law, Ruth Kensicki. She was loved by all her nieces, nephews and cousins. Betty was known for her love of family and travel. To her grandchildren she was known as Queen Elizabeth. We will remember her visits to the grocery store WITH all six older grandchildren in tow without mishap-and through adulthood they all looked forward to her Easter popcorn bunnies. It was considered a laudable and rare achievement by her grandchildren to beat her in Scrabble. Betty was proud to have traveled to all fifty states and was joined by all four daughters during her 50th-Oklahoma. She was a die-hard fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates as well as WVU and Duke men’s basketball. She loved to dance and was famous for being first on the dance floor, even interrupting the mother-son dance last year at her grandson’s wedding.

Visitation will be on Monday, October 19, 2020 from 12-2 PM at Kepner Funeral Home on 166 Kruger Street in Elm Grove, WV. COVID 19 restrictions apply. A private family interment at Highland Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant, OH will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Faith in Action Caregivers, 2350 Main, Suite #2, Wheeling, WV 26003 or the YWCA of Wheeling, 1100 Chapline Street, Wheeling, WV 26003.

Personal condolences may be made to the family at www.kepnerfuneral.com.