Charles DeBenedetti, age 84, passed away on March 6, 2018 in Santa Rosa. Born on October 29, 1933 in North Beach, San Francisco to Charles and Alice DeBenedetti. Charles moved to Sonoma County in 1952. Charles is known as Papa and Gramps. He was an active member of DRUIDS of CALIFORNIA, Santa Rosa #121. Charles was an avid NASCAR Racing fan. He loved playing cards with his family and friends, but there was no mercy for anyone. He also loved spending time at his family home on the Russian River where many family’s memories were made. In his later years, he loved dog sitting for his neighbors. They were his kids and he loved their company.
He is survived by his children: daughter, Cathy Wilkening of Bayfield, CO; son, Carl of Santa Rosa; and daughter, Cheryl of Santa Rosa. He is also survived by 4 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, 2 nieces, and 3 nephews. He will be missed by all that knew him but now back in the loving arms of Connie, the love of his life.
Visitation will be on Thursday, March 22 from 4:00-8:00 P.M. at Eggen & Lance Chapel; 1540 Mendocino Avenue. Funeral Mass on Friday, March 23 at 2:00 P.M. at Saint Rose Catholic Church; 398 10th Street in Santa Rosa. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donate to Hospice, The Cancer Society, your favorite animal rescue, or a charity of your choice.