Constance Benner

May 15, 2019
Constance Benner

Rockland — Constance "Connie" Benner, 67, beloved wife of Ralph Benner, died following a hard-fought battle with cancer Friday, May 10, 2019, at Maine Medical Center in Portland.

Born in Rockland Dec. 9, 1951, Connie was the daughter of Heman and Emily Sawyer Hallett. Educated locally, she was a 1970 graduate of Rockland District High School. While in high school, Connie fell in love with Ralph Benner, a young man from one town over, who had just been discharged from the Army. Ralph and Connie were married Nov. 21, 1970, at Rockland Congregational Church.

Connie’s first real job was working for the local telephone company. She later moved on, holding employment at most of the local fish factories.

Connie loved to travel, enjoying trips to Branson, Mo., Niagara Falls and California, as well as casino trips and bus tours with friends.

Being with family was her number-one priority. She never missed a play, sporting event, school event or activity her children and grandchildren were participating in. She loved going out to eat and to the movies. She looked forward to holidays, especially Halloween, and she relished the family gatherings that surrounded the Lobster Festival Parade, Easter breakfasts and birthdays each year. If there was a reason to throw a party, Connie found it. Her great sense of humor kept her laughing and smiling, even on the hard days.

She enjoyed playing games, doing puzzles and keeping up with friends and family through social media. She had a loving heart and she cared immensely for all the people in her life.

She will be sadly missed by all who loved her.

Predeceased by her parents and a brother, Carleton Hallett, Connie is survived by her husband, Ralph W. Benner, of Rockland; her children, Shannon Black and her husband, Chad, of Jacksonville, Fla., Michael Benner and his wife, Ami, of Thomaston; her grandchildren, Bailey Black and Morgan Black, both of Rockland; her brothers, Guy Hallett and his wife, Elaine, of Rockland, Bruce Hallett of Dover-Foxcroft; her four-legged companion, a Shih Tzu, Buddy; many nieces and nephews; as well as too many friends to count.

Connie’s family was thankful for the wonderful care she received at the Special Care Unit of Maine Medical Center in Portland

Family and friends are invited to a gathering of love and remembrance, from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Warren Odd Fellows Hall, 37 Camden Road.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Center for Wildlife, P.O. Box 620, Cape Neddick, ME 03902 or online at Donations may also be made to the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance, 14 Pennsylvania Plaza, Suite 2110, New York, NY 10122 or online at

To share a memory or condolence with Connie’s family, visit their Book of Memories at

Arrangements are with Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, Rockland.

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Comments (1)
Posted by: Knight Marine Service | May 16, 2019 21:28

Sure going miss the best friend any one ever could you Connie Benner....I'll miss you everyday...until we meet again.....your "Sistah" Trudy Black

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