Alexander “Alex” Benz


Alexander “Alex” Benz, 94, of Bismarck, passed away December 31, 2020 in a Bismarck hospital.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 AM on Wednesday, January 6, 2020 at Church of St. Mary’s, Bismarck, ND with Father Jared Johnson as celebrant. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery. A Livestream of the Service will be available on the Bismarck Funeral Home Facebook page.


Alex was born in Hamburg, Germany on May 8, 1926.


He married Elvira Schmaltz, whom he was devotedly married to for 60 years. She proceeded him in death; he was also proceeded in death by his only son Alex Jr., his parents George and Anna Benz, and his sisters Emmy and Maggy…but today, joyously they are all together again, looking down on all of us, asking us all to be better, be kinder to one another.


Alex worked for the Pepsi Cola Company for 60+ years, receiving recognition as the employee of the company nationwide. Alex sadly passed away December 31, 2020 in care of St. Alexius Hospital. He will be missed terribly by his friends (they were numerous, a special thank you to Donna), his sister Eleonore, his daughters, all of their children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephews and nieces, everyone that knew him, everyone who’s lives he touched. He had a tremendous heart.


Alex is survived by his sister Eleonore, his three daughters Ereka O’Hara (Bob), Eleanor Schwan (Ron), and Margaret Schrieber (David). (9) grandchildren James, Nicole, Heidi Steven, John, Patrick, Liz, Rachael, Sam and (10) great grandchildren Tyler, Tyson, Mason, Boston, Hannah, Tanner, Brody, McKenna, Harper and Regan.


Dad, you were always a light! “In a place that needs change, make a difference. In a time full of noise, just listen, ‘cause life is but a breeze, better live it, In a place that needs a change, make a difference…” Thomas Rhett.   You made a difference, rest in peace dad, see you again, but not yet!


The recording of the service will be posted here.

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