Cynthia Rae Benevenga
Sept. 30, 1929 — April 22, 2013
Cynthia Benevenga lived in San Francisco, from the age of 15 until 1956 when she married Norlin (Ben) Benevenga, a UC Davis undergrad. In 1965 after Ben received his Ph.D. in animal nutrition, they moved briefly to Boston, Mass. and then to Madison, Wisc. where Ben went on staff at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In Davis, Cynthia worked as secretary to UCD Provost Stanley Freeborn until his retirement in 1959, and then as secretary to Chancellor Emil Mrak until her move. In Wisconsin, she continued to work in central university administration for 15 years and completed work for her bachelor’s degree in economics at UW Madison (1980). She also continued active membership in the League of Women Voters, which she had joined while in Davis, and was a member of Daughters of Demeter and the University League. Her friends remember her as having a knack with people and being the “glue that held many diverse friends together, keeping in contact and including many people in her vast circle of friends.” Cynthia is survived by her husband Norlin (Ben) of Madison, Wisc.; two daughters in San Jose, Maureen Sheehan (Ed) Davis and Tracy (Tom) Guerra; her son, Anthony (Sue) Benevenga in Milwaukee, Wisc.; grandchildren, Emma Benevenga and Giovanni and Paolo Guerra; sister Katherine (Bob) Elliott of Davis, and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held in Madison on June 1.