March 28, 1947 - April 11, 2007




Anthony and Johnnette

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Carrying the Cross Together

A Tough Nut to Crack

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 The Death of Anthony Benkovic

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Anthony Joseph Benkovic
A Loving and Devoted Husband and Father

Anthony J. 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® ( Further funeral information can be found at If you have a special memory about Anthony, the Benkovic family would love to hear from you. You can email your memory to them at

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.