Helen Jean Bennett


Helen Jean (Pentz) Bennett, 86, of Warwick, died peacefully April 13, 2012 at South Kingstown Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.

Born in DuBois, Pa., she was the daughter of the late John J. Pentz and Mabel R. (Peterson) Pentz. She was the loving wife of John F. Bennett.

Mrs. Bennett was a school teacher in the Warwick School System for many years until her retirement. She was a 1947 graduate of Smith College, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in economics. She was a 50-year member of the Potowomut Country Club, a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and was very active in Warwick Bridge Clubs. She enjoyed knitting and crossword puzzles, especially the Sunday New York Times.

Besides her husband she leaves her four devoted children, J. Michael Bennett and his wife, Pamela, of West Kingston, Cheryl B. Connelly and her husband, Kevin, of Madison, N.J., Janice A. Harrison and her husband, Richard, of Walpole, Mass. and Lauren E. Bates and her husband, Eric, of Pelham, N.Y. She was the cherished grandmother of nine grandchildren and a great-grandchild. She was the sister of John J. Pentz Jr. of East Stroudsburg, Pa. and William H. Pentz of Philadelphia, Pa.

Her funeral service was held April 16 in Urquhart-Murphy Funeral Home, 800 Greenwich Ave., Warwick. Burial followed in St. Francis Cemetery, Pawtucket.

Gifts in her memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 245 Waterman St., Suite 306, Providence, RI 02906 would be appreciated. For online messages of condolence visit www.murphyfuneralhomes.org.