MADISON/BEACH PARK, ILL.-Joseph Benedetti, age 68, of Beach Park, Ill., died suddenly on Saturday, June 7, 2014, at Vista East Hospital, Waukegan, Ill.

He was born in Madison on Jan. 30, 1946. Joe was raised in Madison and graduated from Madison East High School. He married Jane, his high school sweetheart, in 1965, and attended UW-Madison. Joe was employed for 30 years at Oscar Mayer/Kraft Foods. He was also employed by OSI-Carolina Culinary Foods and was currently vice president of Fair Oaks Farms in Pleasant Prairie, Wis.

Joe was a loving husband, father, grandfather, son and brother. He enjoyed playing golf, reading and spending time with his family. Joe volunteered his time over the years to organizations such as Rotary, Junior Achievement and United Way.

He was full of life and will be missed by all that were blessed to know him.

Joe is survived by Jane, his loving wife of 49 years; his father, Florio Benedetti of Madison; a son, Bradley (Dana) Benedetti of Lafayette, Ind.; a daughter, Louise (David) Otte of Washington, Ill.; seven grandchildren; a sister, Patricia (Richard) Narf of Oregon, Wis.; and a brother, David Benedetti of Denver, Colo. He was preceded in death by his mother, Helen Benedetti; and two sisters, Susan J. Benedetti and Christine Benedetti.

Funeral services will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Dr., Madison, at 10 a.m., on Friday, June 13, 2014, with Pastor Frank Gaylord officiating. Burial will be held at Roselawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m., on Thursday, June 12, 2014 and from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service on Friday.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joe’s name to the Ronald McDonald House.

We want to extend our heartfelt gratitude for all of the prayers and condolences expressed by our family and friends during this difficult time.

Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.

Gunderson East
Funeral & Cremation Care
5203 Monona Drive