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Florence Benedict

Florence B "Katsitsienhawi" Benedict (Hopps)

Wednesday, June 3rd, 1931 - Wednesday, March 27th, 2019
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AKWESASNE – Florence B. Benedict, “Katsitsienhawi”, 87 of Island Road, passed away early Wednesday morning, March 27, 2019 at Cornwall Community Hospital after a brief illness.

Florence was born June 3, 1931 on Cornwall Island, the daughter of the late Alex “Sakoiewata” and Cecelia “Kahontineshon” (Lefebvre) Hopps. She first attended Cornwall Island Indian Day School before attending CCVS and a Commercial Business College. She later attended Mater Dei, where she achieved her GED and took courses toward her degree in Religious Studies. On September 20, 1952, she married Ernest Benedict at the Massena Center Methodist Parsonage with Rev. Masters, officiating. He predeceased her on January 8, 2011.

While in high school, she worked as a waitress at NY Café. She also worked for a time as a seamstress for Warner Brothers Corset Factory. Florence was a member of the Cornwall Island Homemakers and was active in preparing hot lunches for the children at the Cornwall Island Indian Day School. She later worked as an aide and cook at the Marlboro Nursing Home and taught students at the Akwesasne Freedom School. She had a great passion and love for basketmaking and was known throughout the country for her baskets. She shared and taught this passion with many in the privacy of her home and at the Akwesasne Museum. Florence was also a devout Catholic and communicant of St. Regis Catholic Mission Church, where she taught catechism for many years, was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society, and maintained the church linens for many years. She was also a member of the Tri-District Elders. She enjoyed gardening, bird watching, and while her children were younger, she assisted her late husband on the farm.

Florence is survived by her children and their spouses, Lloyd and Donna Benedict and Rebecca Benedict, both of Akwesasne, Ontario and Daniel and Maureen Benedict of Akwesasne, Quebec; her son-in-law, Dan George of Akwesasne, Ontario; her grandchildren, Lloyd Jr., Luz, Jasmine, Patrick, Samantha, Karhiiostha, Kaheratonkwas, Julia, Katelyn, and Jessica Benedict and Kawehras George; her great grandchildren, Tyas, Peyton, Tehya, Jemison, Aubrey, Jaxson, Mila, Maverick, Kennedy, Sarah, Kendra, Halo, Bowe, Annika, and Rachel; her sisters, Alice Jacobs and Julia Roundpoint, both of Akwesasne; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Mrs. Elda Cook, Akwesasne, NY and Harold Olan, Milton, NY.

In addition to her parents and her husband, she was predeceased by a daughter, Salli Benedict on May 15, 2011; a grandson, Diamond Tyas Benedict; a great grandson, Cohen Kosinski-Benedict; two son-in-laws, Fred Brown and Ron Kohl; a sister, Marita Skidders, and two brothers, Joseph Harry Pyke and one in infancy.

Friends may call at the Tri-District Elders, Cornwall Island, starting at 7:00 PM Sunday until 12:00 PM Tuesday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday 2:00 PM at St. Regis Catholic Mission Church with Rev. Jerome Pastores, celebrating. Burial will be held privately at Cornwall Island Methodist Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the Akwesasne Freedom School, St. Regis Catholic Mission Church, or the Akwesasne Mohawk Ambulance Service.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, March 31st, 2019 | 7:00pm
    Sunday, March 31st, 2019 7:00pm
    Tri-District Elders
    Island Road
    Akwesasne, ON
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  • Service

    Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019 2:00pm
    St. Regis Catholic Church
    107 Angus Thomas Memorial Road
    Akwesasne, QC H0M 1A0
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    Rev. Jerome Pastores


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Please know that we are thinking of you and of Aunt Florence during this sad time. Love, Kay, Val, Andrea and Harold
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Posted at 12:05am
I'm very sorry to hear the loss of Ms.Florence. It is very painful to loss someone we dearly love in death. God's word the bible gives human a wonderful promise for the future tat soon we will be able to see our dead loved ones through "Resurrection". for example scripture in 1 Corinthians 15:26 says that"the last enemy, death, is to be brought to nothing". And in Acts 24:15 says that " And I have hope toward God, which hope these men also look forward to, that there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous". Christ himself when on earth performed resurrections As we can read from the scriptures Luke 7:11-15; Luke 8:49-56; John 11:38-44) So we can have full faith in God's promise for the future as well. May these words give you some comfort and hope in this difficult time.

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