GROWING CONCERNS – Sitkans Andrea Fraga and Kaleb Aldred of Middle Island Gardens introduce themselves to an audience of around 100 this afternoon during the Southeast Alaska Farmers Summit in Sweetland Hall on the SJ campus. The three-day conference, organized by Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition, Sustainable Southeast Partnership, runs through Sunday at several Sitka venues. Some of Saturday's topics include farming in Fairbanks, pest control and cultivating gourmet mushrooms. Vendor tables will be set up on Saturday and Sunday at Harrigan Centennial Hall. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Louise H. (Hinchman) Benson

Louise H. (Hinchman) Benson

 

Services for Louise H. (Hinchman) Benson will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 11, at St. Michael’s Cathedral.

Louise died March 22 in Anchorage at the age of 91.

She was born  March 11, 1927, in Haines, the daughter of Emma (Wright) and George Hinchman. She was raised in Hoonah, but from the mid 1940s until the mid 1980s she lived in Sitka, where she raised her children and worked at the girls dorm at Mt. Edgecumbe High School.

She spent some time in the Seattle area before moving to Anchorage.

Louise was a strong woman, well-respected as she touched the lives of many people throughout her lifetime, her family wrote.

“She will be greatly missed and always loved,” they wrote.

Louise was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Charles Benson, and four brothers, Frank Wright, John Hinchman, Phil Martin and George Martin.

She is survived by four siblings, Alice Cooper of Sitka, Sam Martin of Sitka, Jennie Baldwin of Hoonah and Marlene Johnson of Seattle.

 

Her children are Virginia Coulson of Anchorage, Geraldine Benson of Sitka, Louann Cross of Anchorage, Jean Pierce of Juneau, Kathryn Monaco of Anchorage, Henry C. Benson Jr. of Seattle and Michael Benson of Anchorage.Fifteen grandchildren and many  friends and family members also survive.

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