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Benneck, Katharina Gertrud

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February 20, 1928 - May 26, 2019

Benneck, Katharina Gertrud

Katharina Gertrud Benneck, age 91, peacefully died at her home at 5968 Encore Drive, Dallas, Texas on Sunday, May 26, 2019.

Born on February 20, 1928 in Gronau / Westphalia, Germany; she lived in Gronau, Muenster, Bielefeld, Cologne, and Munich, Germany as well as living in Sweden; Paris, France; and Glastonbury, Connecticut in the United States before retiring in Dallas, Texas. She was a lifelong artist active in many different media. She studied art in Muenster and in Munich attended master classes for Bavarian folk art. There, she produced beautifully painted wooden furniture and other artifacts.

After moving to New England, she became renowned throughout the area for her workshops in making gingerbread houses, plant topiaries and sugar Easter eggs. She personally painted about 10,000 hand blown glass ornaments which were sold at Christmas and other high end stores.

Her biggest love artistically though was the art of “Scherenschnitt,” the traditional German art of using scissors to cut designs full of meaningful symbols out of a single piece of paper. She was invited to display her work at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., at Rutgers University, an exhibition on paper crafts in China, and was featured in a museum in Germany.

She has sailed the oceans from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean and up and down the East coast of the United States which earned her the title of the “admirabal” by her captain.

Survivors include her husband, Conbert Benneck, of Dallas, her daughter and son-in-law, Hildegard and Byrd Jessup, of 6288 Willowgate, Dallas, and her son and daughter-in-law, Gerhard and Martine Benneck, of Hochstr. 13, Langenfeld, Germany, along with five grand-children: Zachary and Alex Jessup and Lucy, Oliver and Sally Benneck.

Services will be held at the Church of Scientology at 10:00 AM, on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 451 Decker Drive, Irving, Texas 75062 followed by a luncheon gathering of family and friends at 5968 Encore Drive, Dallas, Texas, 75240 in celebration of a life well lived.

Memorial contributions are welcome at and will be distributed among Katharina’s caretakers as a thank you for their loving and dedicated attention to her needs.



Arrangements under the direction of:

Aria Cremation Service and Funeral Home

19310 Preston Road

Dallas, Texas 75252

(214) 306-6700

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Jerise Fogel (for Guild of American Papercutters)

March 08, 2020 11:55PM

The Guild of American Papercutters, an organization that Katharina was a longtime member of, sends condolences. Our members will always look back and remember the contribution to the art made by Katharina, and everyone sends their warmest best wishes to the family.

John Bianchi

May 30, 2019 2:29PM

Losing a parent is always hard. I'm sorry for your loss.
But for your Mom, Congratulations and Good Luck going forward!