Steven M. Benecke, 53
WENHAM — Steven M. Benecke, age 53 of Wenham, passed away peacefully at home on Jan. 9, 2018 following a courageous battle with ALS. Steve was born on Sept. 26, 1964 in Hawthorne, Calif., the son of the late Bernard J. and Patricia A. (McInnis) Benecke. Steve graduated from Lynn Voc. Tech. High School (1982). He received his Associates Degree from North Shore Community College and also attended Wentworth Institute of Technology.
Steve worked for over 30 years in all facets of the construction business, most of it with R.C. Griffin in Peabody where he worked as a project manager.
Exceptionally creative, funny and handy, Steve loved playing guitar in his Thursday “band camp,” tinkering with just about any kind of vehicle, and boating with family and friends. He had various hobbies but was also never afraid to try something new.
Steve is survived by his wife of 12 years, Lisa (Avery) Benecke and their two daughters, Erin Avery Benecke and Kaylin Ann Benecke of Wenham. Brother, Kevin Benecke and his wife, Tina of North Reading. His nieces and nephews: Eric, Luke and Mia Benecke of North Reading, and Caitlyn and Ashley Avery of Wellesley. Numerous beloved cousins from both the east and west coast also survive him.
Service information: Friends and family are invited to attend Steve’s Celebration of Life on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the First Church in Wenham, 1 Arbor St., Wenham, MA 01984. Steve’s passion and zest for life often found him participating in those activities where he performed best while dressed casually and comfortably. Please honor Steve’s memory by attending in casual attire. In lieu of flowers, donations in Steve’s memory are requested to: ALS Association Massachusetts Chapter, 685 Canton Street, Suite 103, Norwood, MA 02062. www.als-ma.org . Cuffe-McGinn Funeral Home, 157 Maple Street, Lynn, MA 01904 is entrusted with Mr. Benecke’s arrangements. Please visit Cuffemcginn.com to sign the on-line guest book.