Anthony and Johnnette
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the Cross Together", or Listen to his
conversion story titled, "A Tough Nut To Crack."
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Anthony Joseph Benkovic
A Loving and Devoted Husband and Father
Benkovic, 60, of Palm Harbor, FL, formerly of Swissvale, PA,
died Wednesday (April 11, 2007) at home under the care of his
family and Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. Anthony and his
wife, Johnnette, moved to Florida in 1974 from Pittsburgh, PA.
He is a graduate of Swissvale High School’s class of 1965, and
Walsh College in North Canton, OH. He received his Master’s
degree from Duquesne University. Like his uncles and his son,
Simon, he was a veteran, serving in the U.S. Army from
1969-1971. Anthony was a life insurance agent for the
Prudential Insurance Company for 28 years. Above all,
Anthony’s first and foremost priority was his family.
Anthony was an officer of the board of directors of Living His
Life Abundantly® and Women of Grace®, and President of Simon
Peter Press, Inc. He was an active member of Espiritu Santo
Catholic Church in Safety Harbor, FL and served on the parish
council and finance committee. Anthony developed and managed
the Espiritu Santo Golf Tournament for more than a decade.
The son of the late Magdalene Perstac, Anthony was the nephew
of the late Mary Ferlan, Katherine Spess, Helen Perstac,
George and Barbara Bandola, Adam Perstac, Peter Perstac, Charles Perstac and
Anna Knezevich. The Perstac family was very active in the
founding of the Croatian Home in Rankin, PA. Anthony played
the bass with the Junior Tamburitzans and he was a member of
Croatian Fraternal Union Lodge No.6, Rankin. Although based in
Florida, he brought his family to countless Croatian Day
celebrations at Kennywood Park.
He was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2005. He is survived by
his wife Johnnette of Palm Harbor, FL, his two daughters,
Jessica Benkovic Colón, Houston, TX and Thea J. Benkovic, Palm
Harbor, FL, and his granddaughters, Julia Magdalene and Carmen
Sophia. He is the father of the late Simon Matthew Benkovic,
who died March 20, 2004.
Anthony’s viewing will be Monday, April 16 from 3:00 p.m. –
7:00 p.m. at Espiritu Santo Catholic Church in Safety Harbor,
FL. His Funeral Mass will be Tuesday, April 17 at Espiritu
Santo at 10:30 a.m., with his burial at Curlew Hills Memory
Gardens immediately following.
In lieu of flowers, Anthony specifically requested donations
be made to Living His Life Abundantly® (www.lhla.org).
Further funeral information can be found at
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family would love to hear from you. You can email your memory
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The Benkovic family wishes to thank all of those who so
graciously prayed for Anthony and the family and lovingly
assisted them during Anthony’s illness.