Carol Benish |

Carol Benish

Carol Benish

Carol A. (Hook) Benish of Grass Valley, Calif., passed away after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer on July 5, 2013, at home, surrounded by her husband, Russell Benish, and family.

She was born June 11, 1942, in San Rafael, Calif., to Robert Hook and the late Verna Hook. She was the daughter-in-law of Addie Lou Benish.

Carol was a graduate of San Rafael High School, the class of 1960. She was born and raised in Marin County.

She raised two sons with their father, Al Gastoni in San Rafael until 1978 when they relocated to Nevada City, Calif., where they enjoyed being near their cabin at Donner Lake and alpine skiing.

She remained close to her high school friends and visited with them often. Carol worked many years as a physician’s assistant for a local doctor, ventured into her own business running an aquarium store, completed nursing school and worked as a nurse in the surgical unit at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital from 1996 until 2006 when she retired.

She and her husband, Russ, loved to travel and made frequent trips to Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean. She was a devout tennis player and longtime member of the Ridge Racquet Club in Grass Valley.

Carol also was very involved with the Rockwood Homeowner’s Association, a Hospice volunteer and enjoyed playing Mahjong, Scrabble and poker with her many friends.

She is survived by her sons David Gastoni of Lakewood, Calif., and Vincent Gastoni (Leslie) of Cambridge, Minn.; grandchildren Jacqueline, Christopher and Marissa; great-grandchildren Declan and Magnus; stepson Mason (Amy) Benish; siblings Judy Reels (Richard) of Petaluma, Mike Hook (Susan Schneider) of Portola, Marty Miller (Paul) of Petaluma; in-laws Debbie Burton (Richard) and Vonnie Gogarty and numerous nieces and nephews.

Carol was comforted throughout thelast few months by the incredible support of her “cheerleaders,” a phenomenal group of friends to whom her family is eternally grateful.

A celebration of life will be at 3:30 p.m. Aug. 10 at the Nevada County Horsemen’s Clubhouse, 10600 Bubbling Hills Road in Grass Valley.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorial contributions be made to Sutter Auburn Faith Hospice, 11775 Education St, Auburn, CA 95602.

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