Barbara Benyak in 1995 (51 years old)
Barbara Ellen Benyak
  • 68 years old
  • Date of birth: Mar 31, 1944
  • Place of birth:
    Fayette City, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Date of passing: Mar 16, 2013
  • Place of passing:
    Tampa, Florida, United States
He will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away. Revelation 21:4

     This memorial website was created in the memory of  Barbara Ellen Benyak who passed away on Saturday, March 16th, 2013 in Tampa, Florida after a courageous battle with breast cancer which had spread.  She was born in Fayette City, Pennsylvania on March 31st, 1944 to her mother Julia Sosenko and father Joseph Benyak who passed long ago. She is also preceded in death by, brothers Joey and David Benyak, as well as her first husband Ken Dean. She is survived by her son Marc Dean, step-sons Daryl Longenecker and Paul Longenecker, and step-daughter Dawn Longenecker. She loved them all just the same.  She is also survived by plenty of family and friends who will remember her always.  Please make donations in her honor to any breast cancer research foundations you choose.

     I decided not to have a funeral for Mom because it all happened so fast.  She refused to give me instructions for after death because she had every intention of living.  She was not affiliated with any church.  Her friends and family are so spread out over all the United States, so this website seemed to be the best thing.  I posted my eulogy here as well under the "Her Life" section. Eulogies are so difficult.  I was very proud of my stepbrother Arnold for doing his father’s eulogy.  Then my father passed a couple of years later. I did not do my father’s eulogy, and I regret that.  So, I did my Mom’s eulogy.  There are also plenty of pictures under the "Gallery" section.  If you would like to contribute a story or pictures to this site just send them to my work e-mail address at and i will gladly post them in the "Gallery" or "Stories" section.  You are welcome to leave a tribute if you would like down below this text.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by john estenor on 28th June 2013

"Let's celebrate the beauty of life and the unconditional love of your beloved mother Barbara. I am sure that she is in good hands. In jubilation with the Supreme Being. Now I know how beautiful your mother was simply because her DNA is running deep through your veins. Embraced it with love for she will be your guidance as you walk through life.         xoxo     John"

This tribute was added by Shirley Murphy on 5th May 2013

"Well, I've read every word with interest. I've laughed. I've cried. That which impressed me the most is the perserverance and the strong family connections. What a touching and loving eulogy! Thanks for sharing exerpts of Barbara's story; both the highs and the lows. This memorial is a beautiful labor of love. It is, afterall, the memories and the love that survive.  My Condolences,Shirley"

This tribute was added by Judy Boone on 30th April 2013

"Marc, this is beautiful.  We are so very sorry for your loss.  Our hearts and prayers are with you and the rest of the family.
Love, Judy & Danny6"

This tribute was added by Margie Smith on 28th April 2013

"Our thoughts & prayers are with Barb's family & friends, especially to her son Marc.
Love, Margie & Stephen"

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