Josephine C. Benson, 100, died Thursday, Oct. 31, at her home at Traditions in Preston, where she resided for the last four-and-one-half years.

She was born on Sept. 15, 1913, in Owatonna, Minn., to John and Mary Pelinka. She graduated from high school in Owatonna and attended college. She remained in Owatonna while her husband, Raymond, served in the Navy during World War II. Following his separation from the military after the war, they made their home in Brooklyn Center, Minn. She worked as a ward secretary at Hennepin Medical Center (then Swedish Hospital) until her retirement. She then worked as a day care provider until her 87th birthday.

She is survived by her three children, Carolyn (William) Pittman of Merrill, Wis., Robert (Sandra) Benson of Preston, and Richard (Vicki) Benson of Minneapolis; her grandchildren, Rebekah, Stephanie, Matthew and Bethany and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond, and her two brothers.

An informal Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Traditions in Preston. She will be buried with her husband in the National Veterans Cemetery at Ft. Snelling.