MUNISING, MI. - Deborah Ann (nee Benam) Vollenweider, age 59, of E7080 Sixteen Mile Lake Road, Munising, died on Friday morning, May 3, 2013 at Munising Memorial Hospital following a courageous four-year battle with cancer.
She was born on March 27, 1954 in Chicago, Illinois to Dr. James and Jeanne Benam. They moved to Munising when she was one year old and Deb grew up there. Deb graduated from Sacred Heart School and then from Wm. G. Mather High School in 1972. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Georgia. Deb moved to Green Bay, Wisconsin and went to work at Bellin Hospital. She married Wally Vollenweider on June 10, 1982, and together they raised their children. Deb and Wally were charter members of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Green Bay, and they served as Eucharistic Ministers and RCIA sponsors. They enjoyed their summers and family vacations at their camp in Munising on 16 Mile Lake, and after her retirement of thirty-four years in nursing, they made camp their permanent home. Deb was a member of Sacred Heart Church and the American Legion Auxiliary. Above all, Deb loved her family. As a child and with her own children, she cherished being outdoors, and was appreciative of all seasons. She camped and canoed during the summer and she snowmobiled and skated in the winters. Deb was a fantastic cook and an accomplished artist. She made hundreds of pieces of artwork and many were gifted and enjoyed by family and friends.
She is survived by her husband of over thirty years and best friend Wally Vollenweider of Munising; children and their spouses Jeffrey and Vicki Vollenweider of Kewaunee, WI, Maury and Army Command Sergeant Major Jimmy Ledesma of Savannah, GA, Bradley Ward of Golden, CO, and Hans and Jennifer Vollenweider of Quinnesec, MI; six grandchildren J.J. Vollenweider, Tyler Locust, Selena Locust, Roman Ledesma, Brian Ledesma, and Aubrey Vollenweider; parents Dr. James and Jeanne Benam of Munising; siblings and their spouses Paul and Karen Benam of Green Bay, WI, Bradley and Angie Benam of Los Angeles, CA, Lisa and Joseph Stasiuk of the Caymen Islands, John and Teresa Benam of Marquette, Mary and Arthur Carolan of Middleton, MA, and Elizabeth "Liz" Benam and Toby Sprunk of Eagle, CO; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Deborah Ann (nee Benam) Vollenweider
Deb was preceded in death by her grandparents Albert and Evelyn Kollath and Elmer and Mary Benam.
Services will be held on Monday, May 13, 2013. Visitation will be held at the Bowerman Funeral Home from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. Deb's Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated by Father Chris Gardiner at Sacred Heart Church at 1:00 p.m. A luncheon and time of fellowship will take place in the parish hall following the funeral. Donations in Deb's memory are requested to Sacred Heart Church. Her completed obituary and guestbook may be viewed and signed at bowermanfuneralhome.