Sheila Marie Bennett

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Saturday, March 6, 1954
Date of Death:
Monday, February 18, 2019
64 years old


Date: Sunday February 24, 2019
Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Location: River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home [ view map ]

Second Visitation

Date: Monday February 25, 2019
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church [ view map ]

Memorial Service

Date: Monday February 25, 2019
Time: 11:00 am

Location: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church [ view map ]


Location: Grandview Memorial Gardens [ view map ]

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Saturday, March 6, 1954
Date of Death:
Monday, February 18, 2019
64 years old
Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Saturday, March 6, 1954
Date of Death:
Monday, February 18, 2019
64 years old

Sheila Marie Bennett

Sheila Marie Bennett, 64, of Rochester, Minnesota passed away on Monday, February 18 at her residence from complications of COPD.

Sheila was born in March 6, 1954 in Rochester to James and Eva (Lind) Bennett. She graduated from John Marshall in 1972. Following high school, she graduated from the University of Minnesota. Sheila worked in real-estate for many years. She was also a manager and secretary for Grandview Memorial Gardens.

She was past member and officer for the Elk’s Club. She also was active in working with local Law Enforcement, specifically with the National Night Out program for many years.

Sheila loved canning and freezing fruits and vegetables from Denny Kyllo’s garden. She was also a “hockey mom” from many years for Blair.

Sheila is survived by her son, Blair Bennett of Fargo, ND; her significant other for over 12 years, Jim Cash; two brothers, James L. Bennett of Hayfield, Minnesota and Randy L. Bennett of Phoenix, Arizona; stepmother; Elaine Bennett of Mason City, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents and two half-sisters.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday,  February 25, 2019 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church with Pastor Charles Leonard officiating. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 24 in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens.


The family of Sheila Marie Bennett has received the following condolences.

My condolences to Sheila's family.  I got to know her through mutual friends way back in junior high school.  For a period of time, I represented Sheila doing real estate closings as her lawyer.  Later I would occasionally run into her at events, such as the Pink Floyd tribute in Rochester a few years ago.  Each and every time I encountered Shelia she was positive, enthusiastic and filled with joy.  Laughter is what I associate with Sheila.  She was the kind of person that you could easily call your friend.  I will miss her smile and that unique voice of hers.  I am blessed to have had her in part of my life.  My prayers to Sheila's family.    

I am going to miss you dear cousin.   We had some good times in the past.  Jimmy and Randy I'm so sorry.   I had planned on being there but the weather just didn't cooperate.   Thinking of you always, Lori 

Rest In Peace, my friend.  You are missed already.  Amanda and I planned to be there both days.  Mother Nature had other plans.  The girls at Catherine’s miss you a lot.  No more pain.  


I worked with Sheila many years ago (1984) when I was the secretary, and she was a realtor at Century 21 All Pro in the Crossroads, and years later at Coldwell Banker Burnet when she worked there as an assistant. Since then I have talked to her several times at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Sheila had a huge huge heart. I remember one time she invited me over after work for dinner, and she made stuffed pork chops. She was a great cook. I was surprised to see that she had passed away. She will be greatly missed.

Judy Erickson

Had the honor of meeting Sheila a few times at the Cash home and at the passing of Jim's 

Mother.  She was like a breath of fresh air the way she stepped in and helped when they 

needed the support.  She gave support and friendship.


Am saddened and sorry.  Our love goes to you, Jim, and to the rest of the families.  Take

comfort that she is at peace in His arms.

Betty and Lonnie Carlton



Jimmy & Randy,

I’m so sorry to hear of you sister’s passing. I’ve known her since junior high at Central when we would walk to your mom’s ( who was always so nice!) house to hang out after school.

Blaire, your mom was always so proud of you. She adored you!

Sheila was always so kind, warm and friendly. She’ll be greatly missed.

The times we spent with shelia were short, but one thing you took away, was the love and caring gifts that she was given. We all saw it upon the passing of our sister and Jim's mother.  Shelia stepped into the kitchen, and prepared a meal for all of us as though it was second hand to her. We were all amazed, and grateful. She and Jim were a team, and that was seen from the very beginning. Watching them fix and put together their home in oklaoma and how they both pulled together to bring about a cozy place to call there own was great. As everyone has mentioned though her heart was always back in her beloved Minnesota where memories of family, friends and her church was, so when she and Jim made the decision to return, it didn't come as a surprise. They were a couple, and their love would thrive wherever they were together. Jim grew to love the place shelia called home, and her family became his. Shelia we thank you for being the blessing given to Jim.  Now you are at peace and rest, and may that same peace be passed on to those you leave behind, knowing you rest in the arms of a risen savior.  

Dear Sheila, How glad we are to have met you and found the fount of Jim’s happiness. You have been a wonderful help mate to him, taking care of him when needed and nourishing him with all your homemade goodies. You were a prize - - putting up all those fruits and vegetables, some would say old-fashioned canning, but always caring.  And sharing - we loved the peach jam and the other goodies you gave us.

I was happy to talk with you at least weekly when you were going through the extensive treatments at Mayo. From you I heard “stick to it” and “never look down or back.”  I heard you looking forward and continuing to enjoy life. I heard you making plans for the future. I heard your love for Jim. 

We will miss you, your giving spirit, your devotion to Jim. You were the essence of what being a “nice Minnesotan” means. Thanks for being so nice to us, to Jim and to Jim’s family. 

With love, Mary Ann and John Lambertsen 

The shock and sadness of learning about Sheila's sudden death (by a phone call early Monday morning from my nephew, Jim Cash)

is something everyone is grieving, even as we know Sheila is with our Lord and Savior.  This can-do and caring person came into 

Jim's life over 12 yrs. ago and it is with love and thanksgiving they found one another! 

Over the years, Jim's family in Oklahoma, TX, Washington DC area, AZ, and elsewhere heard about this caring and can-do person..  

Those in OK had the opportunity to be in Sheila's good company when she moved there for awhile.  Of course everyone learned about how 

much she loved Rochester, Mayo, and Minnesota!  After a short time, she and Jim made their home in Rochester, and Jim assured everyone 

in OK that he truly enjoyed Minnesota-nice folks, at church, social gatherings, short trips in the state, etc.  Even though Jim needed medical 

attention from Mayo after two falls, he maintained his allegiance to his new surroundings.  Of course Sheila was the primary reason he was 

happy and content!  She and Jim enjoyed gardening, canning, cooking, and being hospitable to anyone entering their home.  She and Jim 

loved being with others and were always generous beyond their means.  

Many people will miss Sheila, as noted by memories shared in these condolences to her family.  Thank you, Sheila, for entering Jim's world 

and sharing a life together built on faith, family, compassion, laughter, can-do spirit, and all the good things in life that our Lord provides.  

God's Peace, 

Susan (Dewey) Sverha and Family 



I knew Sheila for many years  working as realtors. She was an avid collector of recipes. She was very upbeat, always positive and caring. I will miss her !

We met Sheilia at Good Shepherd. She was always so kind and willing to help with anything that was asked of her.  Every time we saw her was like meeting a long lost friend.  Her hugs and big smile made us feel as though we were special. She will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

God Bless, Sheila.  What a beautiful soul and person who gave the most wonderful hugs.  Sheila was very  helpful at the hotel, when my husband had brain surgery in Rochester.  I was so tired and had lost something and Sheila went out of her way to come to our room to help me look.  We found what I lost right away and then she gave me one of her loving hugs. Sheila was one of God's angels.  There are many people who will miss this beautiful lady.

My most memorable times were spent with Sheila at the Elks Lodge. She was always willing to give of her time for fundraising, volunteering for Youth Camp and helping with all member functions. I enjoyed serving with her while both of us were officers. Sheila, you will be missed.

I am so very sorry for your loss! I worked with Sheila for a number of years. It has been a number of years since we had been able to catch up and this takes me by much surprise!! Sheila was such a caring and loving person who loved her family to no end!! She will be missed greatly. Rest in peace my friend!!

Dear Blair and Family,

I remember Sheila when our sons Greg and Kurt played youth hockey with you. Sheila was always so full of energy and a huge supporter of the teams. It was fun to be with her.  

Our prayers and sympathy to all,


DottyWillkomm and Family



Sometimes you meet someone under stressful and extraordinary circumstances. This was how we met sheila when we came to mayo for my heart operation, she befriended us, brought me flowers made my husband comfortable with her kind words and long talks when i was in surgery. We became friends and kept in touch when we came back to pa. Without this womans kindness our stay would have been so lonely in a town and hospital so far away. She has a very special place in my heart and i am sad for her family but i know she is peace and remembered by all. Rip sheila

Love ta sheila

Bob and isabel





Sheila and I met as neighbors in NW Rochester in the twin homes on 14th Ave. Blair and my daughter were close in age and we were both broke, single moms.  We quite often combined what ever was left in the fridge/freezer with a couple of other single mom's and made a pot luck for all.  She was a great mom and friend and I will miss her smile and hugs.  


Sheila and I reconnected through facebook and we became friends. Even though we went to school together at Central and John Marshall we only knew each other by face I thought. 

When we reconnected it waa before following Jim to OK. She followed her heart and left her career behind. 

I had just lost my love to cancer and I found a friend to talk to. She said to stop in OK City on my way through and I did. We had lunch at the Petro and talked like we had been friends forever. We met again at the 40th and 45th high school reunion and when and Jim returned to Rochester.

I was very sorry to hear of her passing. The memories of the few times we were together will always be with me. 

Sheila had a gift of caring and loving people. People that met her I am sure will say the same.

My thoughts are with her family and friends

Randy and Jim Bennett, and Jim Cash. We lost a beautiful person. 

I am sorry I won't be in town for the memorial service. 



Charlie Herron


She was a sweet angel, I can just imagine the size of her wings now. She was always there for me whenever I needed a friend or even if I didn't, a dear friend for over 35 years. It will be hard to not have her here. I will miss our many chats, pedicures, giving back to our community, networking, brain scheming on how to get sales and just plain hanging out. My Deepest Sympathies to her Family. 

Hearing about your loss has deeply saddened us, but we know that this is far from what you are going through right now. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and your family.