Chesterton Tribune

Michael Charles Benko dies at 30

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Michael Charles Benko, 30, of Naples, Florida, died December 6, 2008.

Michael is survived by his mother, Susan Benko of Naples; his father and step-mother  Scott and Robbin Benko of Chesterton; his brother, Mark Benko of Pacifica, Calif; his step-brothers Eric Trowbridge of Chesterton and Steven Trowbridge of Chesterton; his maternal grandparents, Thomas and Catherine Bell of Naples; his paternal grandmother, Patricia J. Benko of Massillon, Ohio; many aunts, uncles, cousins and his close high school friends, Josh and Steve.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, John Benko and his step-brother, John Trowbridge.

Michael was born with the rare disease primary pulmonary hypertension. For the past 11 years Michael valiantly struggled with the effects. Michael lived in Chesterton with his father and step-mother prior to moving to Naples three years ago. For the last three years of Michaelís life, he was an active member of the pulmonary hypertension support group in Naples. Michael was an avid student of U.S. history and science and was able to enjoy visits to many historical sites while battling his disease. Michael was also a fan of the Cleveland Indians baseball team which reigns from his home state of Ohio.

The family will have a celebration of his life on Saturday in Naples, Fla.


Posted 12/11/208