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Memorial Tribute: BENSON, Kathryn Louise (née Lang)

1960-2022

Kathy “Klang” Lang Benson, 62, passed away Saturday, November 19th, 2022, in Minot, North Dakota after a courageous battle with cancer.

Kathy was born April 5th, 1960 in Montreal, Quebec, to Esther (Fisher) Lang and the late Donald Y. Lang (2020). She was the beloved wife of 35 years to Master Sgt. Dean Benson (ret.) of Wolford, North Dakota.  She was a dedicated daughter-in-law to the late Dick and late Babe Benson. She will be extremely missed as a devoted and loving eldest sister of Teresa and Judy. Extended family will remember Kathy as a special auntie, cool cousin, caring sister-in-law or “favourite” niece, and she will certainly be missed by everyone that knew her.

Kathy loved drama in high school, and inherited her love of music from her mother’s side of the family, playing piano, guitar, and her grandfather Fisher’s banjo. As a proud dual Canadian/U.S. citizen, she was often called upon to sing the Canadian national anthem at events in her county.

Her passion for sharing art was very evident through the countless hours she spent volunteering for the Cando Arts Council, setting up exhibits, starting up an after-school Art Club for students, and teaching art classes at the Hawk Museum. Kathy supported the American Cancer Society participating yearly as a member of the Relay for Life team.

Kathy was always a leader and mentor.  At 15, during the 1975 International Women’s Year, Kathy was selected as a representative for Ormstown Girl Guides on a trip to the Northwest Territories. This was a highlight of her life and very educational.

She developed a love of mechanics and “How-to” projects from her dad. Nicknamed “Charlie”, she had her first job at her father’s business, Dawn Farm Equipment. At 17, she impressed several farmers and Massey Ferguson office staff when she pulled in with the company truck and fifth wheel trailer to pick up some farm equipment, then single-handedly managed to back in and load up perfectly.

After graduating from C.V.R. High School in Ormstown, Quebec, she studied Finance at St. Lawrence College, in Cornwall, Ontario, graduating in 1981. Kathy loved playing baseball in her college years, riding her motorcycle, and curling. After moving to Manitoba in 1986, Kathy and Dean were married on Canada Day 1987, making their home on his family ranch in North Dakota. The farm was remote, but new family and friends were close by, and her dogs, ducks, and hens kept her busy.  Kathy’s best buddy was Spirit, a black lab she adopted through a local Animal Rescue.  Klang and Spirit traveled thousands of miles in her camper van over the years visiting family and friends.

Kathy loved her work and volunteering. She was business manager at Leeds school, did accounting for the State local office and nursing homes, and was a volunteer coordinator for the North Dakota National Guard Family Program. At her most recent job as the Towner County Veterans Service Officer she was not only appreciated and recognized for her dedication to veterans but also awarded special honours. Even though she resided in the U.S.A., Canada never left her. “True North Strong and Free” was her motto, and she loved listening to and watching CBC radio and TV, CFL games and The Red Green Show. She participated in get-togethers and events at the Canadian Legion and curling clubs, loved watching local bands and shows, and making maple syrup in the spring.  Her dedication to Veteran Affairs is also in Canada as she proudly lay the wreath in Hemmingford on Remembrance Day, in honour of her Great Uncle Edmund, Lost at Sea in WWII.

She looked forward to San Juan, Puerto Rico trips, with her husband Dean, and even wanted to retire there.

Our family would like to sincerely thank the kind and caring staff of Edgewood Manor, the Trinity Cancer Care Center, the dedication of her beloved husband Dean, and family and friends.

Kathy will always be remembered with a tremendous smile, a fun spirit, a love of life, an energetic personality, and to us she will remain the brightest shining star.

Kathy’s Afternoon Tea was held at Gigzz in Ormstown, April 2023, where tea, coffee, sweets, and local music were all enjoyed by many family and friends.  In her honour, donations can be made to the the CVR Educational Foundation (cvredfoundation.com/).

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