Lorraine R. Benson

September 24th, 2013

Lorraine (Lorry) R. (Frykberg) Benson, age 81, of Wilmington, MA, formerly of Tewksbury, MA, and Cromwell, CT, died peacefully on September 24, 2013, following a lengthy illness. 

Lorraine was born in Chicago, IL, on March 2, 1932, she was the cherished daughter of the late Harry and Rose (Rambach) Frykberg.  Lorraine lived in Chicago until the age of five when her family moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Lorraine had a natural talent and interest in music.  While attending South Side High School she played the violin and the piano for the high school orchestra.  Following graduation, Lorraine continued playing her instruments for several orchestra’s in and around Fort Wayne and later in Middletown CT.

Lorraine continued her education by attending Oberlin College for two years and then transferred to Indiana University where she completed her Bachelor’s degree in 1954. 

While in her early 20’s, Lorraine followed her college friend Helen’s footsteps and moved to Boston.  Lorraine took her first job at the watch counter at Jordan Marsh in Boston.   Later, inspired to help others, she took a position as a social worker for the State of Massachusetts, eventually completing her Master’s degree in Social Work at Boston University in 1962. 

In 1968, Lorraine moved to Cromwell, Connecticut, with her family.  She became active in the Covenant Congregational Church and played the piano for the choir, always sharing her love of music.

Lorraine also continued her Social Work for the State of Connecticut, her dedication to the families she helped over the years in Massachusetts and Connecticut was unwavering.  Lorraine’s kindness and compassion for them over the years will forever be remembered by the many people that she helped.

Following her retirement, Lorraine enjoyed traveling with her family and friends including trips to England, Ireland, Florida, Cape Cod and a cruise to the Caribbean.  She enjoyed many visits with her granddaughters, entertaining them on her piano while playing favorites including Hello Dolly.

In her spare time, Lorraine loved to play bridge with her friends and spend time in her rose garden where she grew beautiful roses.

In her later years, Lorraine moved back to Massachusetts to be closer to her son and his family, creating many lasting memories.

Lorraine was the beloved mother of Eric A. Benson and his wife Irene of Tewksbury, MA, loving “Grandma Lorry” of Katelyn and Sarah Benson, cherished daughter of Harry and Rose (Rambach) Frykberg.

Family and friends will gather for a Memorial Service on Saturday, September 28th at 11:00 a.m. in the Wilmington Congregational Church, 220 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Lorraine’s memory may be made to the Woodbriar of Wilmington, Employee Assistance Fund, 90 West St., Wilmington, MA 01887 or the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA  02472.  Arrangements under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington.


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  1. Mark Diamond & Stacey Whiteman says:

    Stacey and I All of our Children are so very sorry to hear the news of the passing of Mrs. Benson.

    Over the Past 28 years, I got to know Eric’s Mom. We sat down through many dinners, and functions over the years. Heard many stories of how she raised her family. She was a great Mom to our dear friend Eric and Grandmom to Katelyn and Sarah, and was like a second mom to me. She touched many lives who came in contact with her, and I am so grateful to have known such a very special person. So many hearts have been touched by one special life.

    Eric, Irene, Katelyn and Sarah, just know she is up there looking down at the wonderful legacy she created, and know that you will surely always feel her vibrant spirit around you. Mrs. Benson, rest in peace, and know we will always have a smile when we think of you.

    Stacey Whiteman and Mark Diamond
    And Family.

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