Michael (Mike) R. Bensko, Sr., 67, of Springfield, died at 11:15 am on Saturday, May 2, 2020, at his home surrounded by family.
A public visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, May 8, at Staab Funeral Home in Springfield. CDC protocol will be followed and visitors are asked to wear masks. A private funeral service will be held and burial will be at St. Barbara’s Catholic Cemetery in Witt. Staab Funeral Homes is assisting the family with arrangements.
Mr. Bensko was born on Aug. 30, 1952, in Springfield, to Raymond A. and Gloria (Ray) Bensko, Sr. He spent most of his childhood in Williamsville and graduated from Griffin High School in Springfield in 1971. He married Susan K. Lofy on June 16, 1973 and they raised their family in Mt. Pulaski.
For much of his career, Michael owned his own home construction business, Bensko Builders. He later worked for and retired from the Illinois Department of Corrections as a carpenter. Mr. Bensko was a member of the Church of the Little Flower, the Sons of the American Legion, Carpenters Local #270 and Elks Lodge #158. In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf and life on the lake.
Mr. Bensko is survived by his children, Michael R. (Nicole) Bensko, Jr., of Hampshire and Nicole (Jonathan) O’Dea of Crystal Lake; three grandchildren, Molly and Maeve O’Dea, and Michael R. Bensko III; three brothers, Robert “Bob” (Paula) Bensko and Raymond A. Bensko, Jr., both of Springfield and John Bensko of Cumming, GA; three sisters, Mary Jane (Eugene) Heid of Springfield, Kathleen (Keith) Dermond and Gloria “Jeanie” Bensko, both of Jacksonville, FL; two aunts, Delores Bensko of Witt, and Kathleen Barnes of Roanoke, VA; and several cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Church of the Little Flower, 800 Adlai Stevenson Drive, Springfield, IL 62703. Condolences may be left online at www.staabfuneralhomes.com.