Of Turtle Creek, age 87, peacefully at his home, on Tuesday, December 29, 2020, surrounded by his family in life and welcomed into heaven by his loving wife, Helen, and daughter, Debbie.
Beloved husband of the late Helen M. “Mimi” (Rosipal) Bench, who died in 2015, days after celebrating their 62nd anniversary together.
Loving father of Paul (Karen) Bench, Jr. of Plum, Colleen (ElRoy) Sellman-Face of Turtle Creek and Cathleen “Keeny” (Rick) Marshall of Monroeville, and the late Deborah (surviving spouse, Al) Stanonik of North Versailles.
Precious Pappy of Alison (Shawn) Lafferty, Paul A. “P.J.” Bench, III, Gregory (Kristen) Stanonik, Amanda (Scott) McGuinness, Ace Stanonik, Doug “D.J.” (Candi) Sellman, Dennis Sellman, Missy (Dave) Mazza and Alicia (“Proc”) Procacina.
Proud Pappy Beans of Anthony and Nico Mazza, Adriana and Gino Procacina, Ryan and Kailyn Lafferty, Leah, Rylee, and Emily Stanonik, Trinity, Aubrey and Lil Doug Sellman, III, Colman, Maysen, Ellie McGuinness, Isabella and Lil “P-Nutt” Sellman, Jase Stanonik, Andrew, Bradley and Bennett Bench.
Preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Rose (Basala) Bench, and his dear brother, Peter “Porky” Bench.
Also survived by numerous loving nieces and nephews.
Beans was a 1951 graduate of Turtle Creek High School, alongside his soul mate, Helen. He worked at the U. S. Steel Edgar Thompson Works in Braddock for 44 years, holding several different positions, and retired as a strand operator in the continuous casting department. While at U.S. Steel, he was sent to England to learn the operation techniques for their new continuous caster. Beans was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan and enjoyed bowling and playing softball, often traveling across the country for different tournaments. Most of all, he treasured the time spent with his family and watching his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren at different sporting events.
Beans and Mimi always had an open door, heart and kitchen. Whenever someone walked through the door to Beans, they were family, and would always be welcomed to a cold beer and great conversation.
Friends welcome Sunday from 1-7 p.m. at Patrick T. Lanigan Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., Turtle Creek / Monroeville Chapel, 1111 Monroeville Ave., Turtle Creek, 412-823-9350.
Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, 10 visitors will be allowed at a time and face masks are required.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, 10:30 a.m. in St. Colman Church of St. Joseph the Worker Parish. The mass will be streamed live on the Patrick T. Lanigan Funeral Home Facebook page. For directions, please visit our website.
Beans will be laid to rest in Good Shepherd Cemetery with his dear Helen.
The Bench family would like to extend their sincere thanks to Gallagher Home Care Services, especially Stacey, and Bridges Home Hospice, especially Liz, Melissa, and Nikki, for the extraordinary care they provided to “Pap”. They were all like family.