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Joan M. Benzi (Mariano)

October 9, 1937 - December 1, 2020

Service Date: December 7, 2020

Funeral Home Corcoran Funeral Home Inc

Cemetery Mount Olivet Cemetery

Church Saints Peter and Paul Church

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Joan M. Benzi, 83 of Plains Township, passed away Tuesday afternoon, December 1, 2020 at Geisinger Wyoming Valley PCU, Plains, from complications of COVID-19.

Born in Atlas, PA, Joan was the daughter of the late Samuel and Josephine (Proccopio) Mariano.

Joan was a graduate of Mount Carmel Catholic High School, Class of 1955. Joan was employed as an Administrative Assistant at Olmstead Air Force Base, Middletown, PA, in the 1950’s, where she met the love of her life, Leonard F. Benzi, then an Air Force Lieutenant. They were married on August 22, 1959.

She was a member of Saints Peter & Paul Church, Plains. Joan was a strong, amazing woman with very strong faith in God, and a great love for her family and friends. She always prayed for others and her faith stayed with her to the end.

She was preceded in death by her brothers Robert, James, Jeffrey, and Samuel Mariano, and sister Elaine Marino.

Surviving are her husband of 61 years, Leonard F. Benzi, daughters Lenore Metzger and her husband Karl, Plains, and Noelle Ruggerio, Dallas, son Leonard J. Benzi, Plains, Granddaughters Arielle Condusta and her husband, Dennis, Gianna Handza, and Lia Ruggerio, Great-Grandson (and the light of her life) Ezra James Condusta, sisters Concetta Bilder, Morton, PA, and Kathleen Beers, Rensselaer, NY, nieces and nephews.

Joan’s family would like to offer our heartfelt thanks to the staff at Geisinger Wyoming Valley PCU, for being her angels on earth, and who went above and beyond in comforting both Joan and her family.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, December 7, 2020, at 10:00 am at Saints Peter & Paul Church, 13 Hudson Road, Plains, PA 18705, with Father John C. Lambert, Pastor, officiating. The service can be viewed on Saints Peter & Paul Parish FACEBOOK Page. Family and friends may call Monday morning at the church from 9:00 to 10:00 am. Masks and/or face coverings are required at all times at church and/or cemetery and please practice social distancing while paying your respects. Entombment will be held in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton section of Wyoming. Arrangements entrusted to the Corcoran Funeral Home, Inc., 20 South Main Street, Plains, PA 18705.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Saints Peter & Paul Church Food Pantry, 13 Hudson Road, Plains, PA 18705, in Joan’s memory.


Phone 570-823-1358
Fax 570-829-6699


20 South Main St.
Plains, PA 18705

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