Alma A. Benson, 87, died on December 29, 2019, at Gundersen Health Systems in La Crosse, Wis. Alma was born to Clarence and Marie (Nelson) Hallum on July 15, 1932. She was raised in the Whalan area, attended Diamond Creek Country School, and graduated from Peterson High School in 1951.
On March 15, 1952, Alma was united in marriage with Arlyn Benson at Whalan Lutheran Church. The couple farmed in the area before moving to Peterson, then moved to Rushford in 1960. Alma was a devoted member of Grace Lutheran Church in Peterson.
She is survived by three children, Greg Benson of Rushford, Pamela (William) Franzen of Chanhassen, Minn., and Debbie (Dan) Kronebusch of Altura, Minn.; five grandchildren, Meghan (Matt) Miller, Zachary (Annalisa) Franzen, Maren Franzen, Tim (Krizzia Icaonapo) Kronebusch, and Justin (Elizabeth Green) Kronebusch; two great-grandchildren, Thad Miller and Madeline Grace Franzen; sister, Alice Lee; brother, Milton (Kathy) Hallum; sisters-in-law, Ione Hallum and Nancy Benson, of Rushford; and many nieces and nephews.
Alma was preceded in death by her husband, Arlyn; infant son, Brian Todd Benson; sister, Cora Mattson; brothers, Ray, Teman, Edwin, and John Hallum; brothers-in-law, Llewellyn Benson, Lyle Lee, and Orville Mattson; and a niece, Elaine Mattson.
There will be a memorial service at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 18, 2020, at Grace Lutheran Church in Peterson, Minn., with a visitation from 11:30 to 1 p.m. at the church. Burial will be in the West Grace Lutheran Cemetery.