Simpsonville, S.C.: Nancy Benoit, 53, passed away at a local hospice on Sept. 5, 2013, after a courageous battle with cancer. A celebration of her life was held Sept. 12, 2013, at Advent Methodist Church, Simpsonville, S.C.
Nancy Jo Jilek was born April 4, 1960, and raised on a farm near Brentford by parents Harold and Phyllis (Ristau) Jilek. Nancy cherished her years “in the neighborhood” and the life-long connections made as a youngster. Nancy took her passion of horses through life and fondly reminded others of her first pony given by “Uncle Donald."
Nancy was baptized and confirmed at Bethany Lutheran Church, rural Mellette. She attended Northwestern School, Mellette and was a member of the class of 1978.
Nancy married Todd Kneebone, Aberdeen, and they had one son, Seth. They relocated to Bemidji, Minn., and later to Minneapolis, Minn.
Nancy was employed by Ford Motor Co. most of her adult life. She started in data entry in Minneapolis and worked tirelessly, advancing to upper management. On May 19, 1984, she married Jamie Benoit in Minneapolis and they had a son, Austin, and a daughter, Kalynn. The family was transferred numerous times with Ford: to Missouri, Ohio and Pennsylvania before relocating to Simpsonville, S.C. in 2000. Nancy was involved in the creation and management of the new regional Ford Credit Center. She was respected by her peers at Ford for her tenacious drive. Nancy will be remembered for her welcoming personality, fierce loyalty to family and friends, and her adventurous spirit.
Nancy is survived by her husband, Jamie; son, Austin (fiancé Jessica Bursack) and daughter, Kalynn (at home) all of Simpsonville; son, Seth Kneebone of Kansas City, Mo.; mother, Phyllis Haselhorst (Hal) of Mesa, Ariz.; brother, Michael (Jeannine) of Mellette; mother and father-in-law, Bud and Marvis Benoit; sister-in-law, Shelley (Gary) Bredehoft; brothers-in-law: Steve Benoit and Mike Stanard, all of Minneapolis; a nephew, Darren; and nieces: Bailey, Danielle, Casey and Michelle.
Nancy was preceded in death by her father, Harold; nephew, Nathan; and sister-in-law, Denise.
Nancy’s family encourages contributions to the Children’s National Cancer Society, Children’s Miracle Network, Shriners Children Hospital and your local hospice organization.