Leonard H. Benhart


MOUNT MORRIS – Leonard H. Benhart, age 89, passed away in his home on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019 with his wife by his side. Leonard was born Oct. 12, 1929 in Itasca, the son of Edwin and Esther (Pfingsten) Benhart. He grew up on a farm in Roselle. Leonard married Eleanor Steigerwald on July 29, 1950 in Roselle.

Leonard owned and operated a body & auto repair shop in Roselle. Leonard and Eleanor moved to Spooner, Wis., and later moved to Mount Morris in 1991. When they moved to Mount Morris Leonard worked at the Rock River Senior Center. Leonard loved helping family on all projects, construction, mechanical handyman, there was nothing he could not fix. Leonard enjoyed camping with family, fishing, boating, and playing cards.

Leonard is survived by his wife: Eleanor Benhart, Mount Morris; children: Pam Radzun, South Elgin; Donna Benhart, Mount Morris; Leonard Scott Benhart, Leaf River; Leslie (Monte Schwarm) Benhart, Farina; Greg Patton “Adopted Son,” South Elgin; 8 grandchildren; and 9 great grandchildren.

Leonard is preceded in death by his parents; brother: Richard Benhart; and grandson: Garret Mensching.

Funeral service was held on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 at 4 p.m. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mount Morris. Cremation rites will be accorded following the service. Visitation will be held on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 from 2 p.m. until service time.

In lieu of Flowers memorials to Serenity Hospice & Home.

The family sends a special thank you to Val and Destiny and the rest of the Serenity Hospice & Home family for their wonderful care of Leonard.