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(April 24, 1946 – March 17, 2011)

Jeanette P. Zilska Benchley, 64, of Midland, died on March 17, 2011, at MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland. Jeanette was born on April 24, 1946, in Midland to the late Herman and Lilah (Erskine) Zilska. On February 12, 1972, Jeanette married her sweetheart Marvin Benchley. Jeanette loved watching nature especially birds. She loved flower gardening and had a deep love of her grandchildren. Jeanette is survived by her husband Marvin; daughters, Tina Benchley of Midland, Melody (Steve) Laplow of Freeland; 8 grandchildren; 4 sisters and 3 brothers. She was predeceased by her son, Marvin Maurice Zilska, 1 sister and 1 brother. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, March 22, at the Community Church of the Nazarene, with Pastor Dave Anderson officiating. The family will receive friends from 10 am until the time of the service. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider Jeanettte’s family in her name. Smith-Miner Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences can be given at smithminer.com