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Kathy Marie Benko

Kathy Marie Benko

Kathy Marie Benko, 67, of Cloquet, died Monday, November 5, 2018 in Solvay Hospice House, Duluth. She was born October 19, 1951 in Cloquet, the daughter of Chester and Joanne Tobolaski.

Kathy and her husband, Jim, enjoyed riding their Harley and spending time gardening together in their many beautiful flower gardens. She enjoyed house cleaning, cooking, baking, playing cards with her family and shopping on the weekends with her son, Jimmy, and granddaughter, Emma.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Chet and Joanne; brother, Philip Tobolaski; brother-in-law, Dale Nelson and mother- and father-in-law, Rose and Lewis Benko.

Kathy is survived by her husband, Jim; two children, Jimmy Benko and Sheila (Tom) Port; grandchildren, Brett and Emma; dog, Deuce; 11 brothers and sisters,

Beverly Nelson, Steve (Patty) Tobolaski, Chester (Jan) Tobolaski, Sharon Farrow, Chad Tobolaski, Barbara Motschenbacher, Blaine (Sue) Tobolaski, David (Chandra) Tobolaski, Lori Geving, Lisa Neufeld and Jodi (Kelly) Larsen; brothers- and sisters-in-law, Harvey (Mikey) Benko, Doreen (Tamara) Ritt and Mary (Heather) Benko and 61 nieces and nephews.

Kathy's family wishes to say a heartfelt thank you to the staff of Essentia Hospice and Solvay Hospice House for the kind and compassionate care given to Kathy. Also a very special thank you to Mary Challas Butler of HDC for all of your assistance to us, especially Jimmy.

Visitation will be from 10:00 until the 11:00 a.m. Memorial Service, Saturday, November 10, 2018 in Atkins-Northland Funeral Home, 801 14th Street, Cloquet. A luncheon will follow in the Fireside Room of the funeral home. To leave an online tribute, see