FARRELL, Pennsylvania – Geraldine “Gerry” L. Bennefield, of Farrell, Pennsylvania, passed away on Wednesday, September 13, 2017, at the UPMC – Shenango Campus, Farrell. She was 74.
Mrs. Bennefield was born on February 28, 1943, in Farrell, a daughter to Wade and Irene (Farrow) Johnson.
A 1961 graduate from Farrell High School, she furthered her education at the former Shenango Valley Business School where she studied Business Administration.
She worked as a director for AWARE, Inc., a Mercer County Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency and later as director of the Ark House, Farrell. She also volunteered at Minority Health Advocacy for several years.
Her faith led her to the Greater New & Living Way Temple of the Apostolic Faith, Sharon, Pennsylvania, where she was water baptized in Jesus’ Name and filled with the Holy Spirit. She later became a licensed minister and was also a member of the Gospel Ensemble, Mass Choir, Administrative team and Pastor’s Stewards. She was also a Sunday school Secretary and worked in the Ministry of Comfort. Minister Bennefield was the first lady of the Third Episcopal District of Apostolic Ministries Inc., where her husband is District Bishop.
She is survived by her mother, Irene Johnson, Hermitage, Pennsylvania; husband, Bishop Stephen L. Bennefield, Farrell, whom she married January 14, 1984; children, Stephen L. Bennefield, Jr. (Destinee), Niles, Ohio, Janise Brown, York, Pennsylvania, Learl Jordan, Charleston, West Virginia and Jerrold Jordan, Wheatland, Pennsylvania; sisters, Karen Weston (Ronald) and Marie Davis, both Farrell; ten grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her father; daughter, Karen Jordan; granddaughter, Ashley Bostick and brother, Wade Johnson, Jr.
Friends and family may visit the Bennefield home at 415 Hoon Avenue, Farrell, on Saturday and Sunday, September 16-17 from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Calling hours will be held on Monday, September 18, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. – 12:50 p.m. at the Greater New & Living Way Temple, 840 Highland Road, Sharon, Pennsylvania 16146.
A Celebration of Life service honoring Minister Bennefield to follow at 1:00 p.m. by Bishop Alvin McCoy as officiant and Apostle Sonja Theodore will eulogize.
She will be laid to rest in Oakwood Cemetery, Hermitage, Pennsylvania.
Memorial contributions can be made to the New & Living Way Church, P.O. BOX 303, Farrell, Pennsylvania 16121.
Expressions of sympathy may be left for her family at Briceland Funeral Service, LLC.
A television tribute will air Monday, September 18 at the following approximate times:
6:41 a.m. WYTV and 8:41 a.m. MyYTV and 9:58 a.m. on FOX plus two additional spots throughout the day.