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Obituary - Marianne Bene

Marianne Bene

1960 - 2021

Cook Southland Funeral Chapel - Bene(2021)

Marianne Bene, beloved mother of Tonia and Michelle, passed away in Medicine Hat on Thursday, November 18, 2021, at the age of 61 years. Marianne will be lovingly remembered by her daughters, Tonia (Soren) Hansen and Michelle Bene (Scott Lewry); grandchildren, Richard, David, Wynter, Brayden, Ethan, Lucas, Cohen and Averie; parents, Ludwig and Collene Schwarz; siblings, Ron (Laurie) Schwarz and Norm Schwarz; Rick’s family: mother, Sharon Bene; siblings, Carrie (Pat) Kinahan, Todd (Marnee) Bene and Tamie Bene as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Rick Bene on July 26, 2021 and her father-in-law, Peter Bene in August 2019. Marianne, more affectionately known as ‘Nana,’ was born in Lethbridge on July 15, 1960. She enjoyed crafting, horses, drag racing and camping, but time spent with family meant the most to her as Marianne never missed a holiday or special event. She was everything to everyone, being there for everyone, always ready to help. Her love and warmth will be forever missed by her loved ones!

Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions in place, the service honouring Marianne’s life will be by invitation only. Marianne’s Celebration will be held at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 - 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat on Saturday, November 27, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Murray Jaster officiating. Interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery. Marianne’s chapel celebration will be live streamed. Those who cannot attend but wish to experience the chapel service may visit our website at and select the ‘View Broadcast’ button on the homepage at service time. If friends so desire, memorial donations in Marianne’s name may be made directly to the Alberta Children’s Hospital, 28 Oki Drive N.W., Calgary, Alberta, T3B 6A8.


  1. Margaret Romaniuk:
    Nov 22, 2021 at 12:18 PM

    Condolences to all of the family.Gone to soon ,RIP my friend.

  2. Christie Steele (Hummel):
    Nov 22, 2021 at 12:46 PM

    My Condolence to your whole family. Marianne was a dear friend long ago. She will be missed by all, but that smile will always be remembered.

  3. Shelley Anderson:
    Nov 23, 2021 at 07:25 PM

    I am so sorry to hear.
    Marianne was always so nice and cheerful, my prayers are with everyone who loved her.
    Rest In Peace sweet lady 😪

  4. Cindy Chuckry:
    Nov 23, 2021 at 07:59 PM

    She will be greatly missed! Gone way to young! Always welcoming more than blood relatives into her heart & home. My kids to knew her as Nana 💖. Thank you for sharing her. XO

  5. Zena Maggs:
    Nov 23, 2021 at 09:26 PM

    I am so sorry for your loss of such a special lady. I babysat Marianne when she was just a little girl along with her two brothers. She was so talented with her crafts and I could always tell how much she enjoyed being around her grandchildren because I would see that big smile of hers. I will miss you cousin and I send all of your family my condolences. RIP.

  6. Derrick and Gerry Blasco:
    Nov 24, 2021 at 09:53 AM

    Dear Tonia and Michelle, we are so sorry to hear about Marianne. We haven’t seen her since you lived in Lethbridge but she was always such a sweet girl and so loved you girls, I’m sure she was a terrific grandma! You have been though so much this year losing both your parents, you are both in our thoughts and prayers.

  7. susan schwarz:
    Nov 26, 2021 at 11:01 AM

    Marianne was such a special person. You could tell she always put others first and attended every event no matter how far she had to travel. Gone far to soon. My thoughts are with the families.

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