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2023 February 26th: Vivian R. Benson

Vivian R. (Ericson) Benson, resident of Carleton-Willard Village, Bedford, MA, died February 26, 2023, at 89. Beloved wife of 53 years of the late Eric V. Benson. Loving mother of Eric S. and his wife Gloria of Stafford, VA; Timothy A. and his wife Jennifer of Bedford, MA; Col. (Ret.) Peter J. and his wife Peggy of Southern Pines, NC; and Lori Ward and her husband Martin of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Devoted grandmother of Annika; Christina and Peter; Kirsten, Anders (Christina), and Erik; and Holly (Mehul) and Cameron (Julia.) Great grandmother of Finn. Predeceased by her sister Christina Ericson.

She was a long-time resident of Winchester, MA, where she grew up, graduated from Winchester High, and raised her children.

Over the years, she worked in several jobs, including in the Winchester High School office, Big L Drugstore, and Osco Drug in Woburn, where she was a pharmacy technician.

She was a devoted lifetime member of Faith Lutheran Church in Cambridge, MA, where she was active in various positions, and she supported many school, church, and sports activities.

Visiting hours Sunday, March 12, from 2:00-5:00 PM at Bedford Funeral Home, 167 Great Road, Bedford, MA.

Her funeral service will be held on Monday, March 13, at 10:00 AM, Faith Lutheran Church, 311 Broadway, Cambridge, MA. Interment to follow at Wildwood Cemetery, Winchester, MA.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the extremely compassionate and caring staff at Carleton-Willard Village.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Faith Lutheran Church, 311 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139 or online, or to “Lutheran Winni Week” at 95 Tuttle Road, Durham, CT 06422, or email

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