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Updated: 10/22/2013 02:58:01PM

Alfred F. Benkner

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Alfred F. Benkner, 93, of Punta Gorda, Fla., passed away Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013.

He was born Dec. 21, 1919, in New York, N.Y., and moved to this area in 1990 from Pompton Lakes, N.J.

Alfred worked as an Aviation Re-Insurance Specialist retiring from Guy Carpenter, a division of Marsh & McClellan in New York City, N.Y. Locally, Alfred was an active member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

He is survived by his children, Al (Sandra) Benkner of Punta Gorda, Patricia Benkner of Montville, N.J., and June (Eddie) Amara of Punta Gorda; and granddaughter, Devyn Amara of Punta Gorda. Alfred was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Adeline one year ago, Oct. 18, 2012.

The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. till 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, at the Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Home, 635 E Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda, FL 33950. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Punta Gorda. Inurnment with full military honors at Royal Palm Memorial Gardens will take place at a later date. Donations may be made in memory of Alfred to the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital at or by calling 800-805-5856. Please visit to leave the family condolences and to sign the online guestbook.

Arrangements are by Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

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