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Benedict "Ben" Pecha

Benedict "Ben" Pecha

May 17, 2020

Benedict “Ben” A. Pecha, 76, passed away Sunday, May 17, 2020, at Mayo Clinic Health System – St. Mary’s Campus in Rochester, MN, due to complications from open heart surgery with his family at his side.

Ben was born May 26, 1943, in Eau Clare, WI, the son of William and Madonna (Bleske) Pecha.  He graduated from Eau Claire Memorial High School with the class of 1962.   He served in the U.S. Airforce and received an Honorable Discharge. 

On June 6, 1964, Ben married Gloria Roinestad at Grace Lutheran Church in Eau Claire.  Together they raised their only daughter, Charney. Ben was employed by Horel-George Roofing Company where he worked as a foreman until his retirement in 2005. 

Ben loved the outdoors.  His favorite hobbies were fishing, hunting, gardening, and landscaping.  He was an avid Packer, Badger, & Brewer fan.   

Ben is survived by his wife of 56 years, Gloria; one daughter, Charney (Joe) Petroske of St. Louis Park, MN; two brothers, William (Carol) Pecha of Brackett, WI, and Gregory (Rita) Pecha of Eau Claire; three sisters, Vicky (Terry) Welch of Rio-Rico, AZ, Renee (William) Bandow of Rhinelander, WI, and Toni (David) Gaier of Eau Claire; a stepbrother, Louis Fetter Jr. of Sand Lake, WI, and stepsister, Brenda (Larry) Dubiel of Arcadia, WI; brother-in-law, Wayne (Connie) Roinestad of Eleva, WI; and sister-in-law, Cori (George) Allbee of Eau Claire; many nieces, nephews, and cousins; and by his three grand-dogs, Sierra, Finley, and Parker.

Ben was preceded in death by his parents; his brother & sister-in-law, Kenneth & Corrine Kuhnert.

A Celebration of Life gathering will be held from 12-3 p.m. Saturday, May 30, 2020, at Chippewa Valley Cremation Services – Celebration of Life Center, 1717 Devney Drive (behind Charter Spectrum) in Altoona.  Due to current conditions, building capacity is limited and social distancing measures will be in effect. Temperature checks will be performed at the building entrance and the use facemasks are encouraged.

Inurnment of cremated remains will take place following the gathering at Calvary Cemetery in Eau Claire at 3 p.m.

Visitation

Celebration of Life gathering will be held from 12-3 p.m. Saturday, May 30, 2020, at Chippewa Valley Cremation Services – Celebration of Life Center, 1717 Devney Drive (behind Charter Spectrum) in Altoona. Due to current conditions, building capacity is limited and social distancing measures will be in effect. Temperature checks will be performed at the building entrance and the use facemasks are encouraged

Service

Inurnment of cremated remains will take place following the gathering at Calvary Cemetery in Eau Claire at 3 p.m.

Florist Information

May's Floral - (715) 836-8220 - All flowers need to be delivered to the Celebration of Life Center on Saturday, May 30 by 10:30 a.m.

Condolences

  • Lori (Zucker) Lauterbach Deepest sympathies Gloria and Charney to you and your whole family. May he rest in peace. God bless you and give you strength.

    May 29 at 12:55pm

  • Casey and Byron Bandelin Dear Gloria and Charney,
    Byron and I are so sad to hear about the loss of your dear husband and father. We thank God for your loved ones life, and hold you close in thought and prayer. Praying for strength and comfort for you during this difficult time.

    May 27 at 10:22pm

  • Butch and Joanne Martin Gloria: we are so sorry to hear of Benny’s passing. I spent all of my school days knowing Benny and Butch joining in Jr High School. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May all of your memories will bring you and your family peace.

    May 27 at 12:39pm

  • Patricia Fugate Johnston Dear Pecha Family,
    My family sends our love and our deepest sympathies for your loss. We will keep your family in our prayers.
    Take care,
    Nancy, Bob, Sue, Jane and Patty

    May 26 at 8:48AM

  • Michael and Sonja Thorn Dear Gloria,
    We are so very sorry to hear of Benny’s passing…
    The four of us had some good times together “back in the day!”
    Benny had a great smile, too, and, I’m so glad we were friends!
    Sending loving thoughts and sympathy to you.
    Mike and Sonja

    May 26 at 6:54AM

  • Lois Dutter Johnson Gloria, my sincere sympathy for the loss of Benny. I regret that we have not kept in touch over the years, but have great memories of our days at Memorial High.

    May 24 at 8:21AM

  • David T Cochrane Gloria, David and I are so sorry to hear of Ben's passing. David and I talk about the double dating we did in high school and the fun times we had driving in your red ford convertible. We think of you guys often. Wish we could of reconnected after all these years.. May Ben rest in Peace. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.

    David & Jackie Cochrane

    May 21 at 5:42PM

  • DIANE FELICETTA My deepest condolences to Charney, your mother and Joe on the loss of a wonderful dad, husband and father in law. Please take care and know that you have a multitude of friends that share in your sadness at this time and will be there for you when you need it.

    May 21 at 4:09PM

  • Sue Michels Gloria, Charney and family,

    The sudden loss of Ben is hard to process for all of us. Here's wishing you lots of peace, strength and wonderful memories to talk about.

    Sue and Pat Michels

    May 20 at 1:02AM

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