Benny Albert Carbetta
May 19, 1933 ‒ December 16, 2020
Benny Albert Carbetta passed away peacefully at his home in Marion on Wednesday, December 16, 2020.
Benny was born in Mansfield, Ohio on May 19, 1933, to the late Carlo and Mary (Plastino) Carbetta. The son of Italian immigrants, Benny was the second youngest of thirteen children, three of whom died before he was born. He grew up in a predominantly Italian-speaking household, and helped his parents with English. They taught him to cook simple Italian meals, and he gained a life-long appreciation for time spent in the kitchen.
Benny grew up in Mansfield, graduating from Mansfield Senior High School in 1953. He excelled in sports, especially football. Benny was the starting quarterback for the Mansfield Tygers as a sophomore, junior and senior. His parents came to understand the game, then marveled at their son’s talent. In addition to being an accomplished quarterback, Benny was named to the 1952 Associated Press All-Ohio Team as a top defensive back.
During high school, Benny met Carol Blust. Benny and Carol came from different worlds that quickly meshed and became the foundation of their long life together. They were married on November 21, 1953, at St. Peter Catholic Church in Mansfield. Shortly after their wedding, Benny reported for service in the US Army. He was stationed in Germany for two years where he served as a medic.
After returning home from the service, Benny went to work for Borden Dairy as a delivery man. He later joined the HJ Heinz Company as a salesman. In 1958, Benny and Carol’s first daughter, Angela, was born, followed by Kelly two years later. In 1963, Heinz transferred Benny to Marion where the family relocated. Son Benny was born there in 1964. Benny was with HJ Heinz until his retirement in 1991.
Benny was a skilled woodworker, and in retirement, was able to enjoy more time in his wood shop. He restored antiques, built furniture, and hand crafted countless wooden treasures for family and friends. Benny was passionate about all aspects of woodworking, and took great pleasure in sharing his craft.
Benny and Carol’s life revolved around their family; they thoroughly enjoyed being parents and grandparents. Benny is survived by three children, Angela Carbetta, Kelly Carbetta Jonson (George Jonson), and Benny Carbetta II; six grandchildren, Leah, Jessica, Anthony, Toni, Mary and Carlo; and five great-grandchildren, Tristan, Thaddeus, London Rose, Bodhi, and Princeton. He also leaves behind many loving nieces and nephews.
Benny was preceded in death by his parents, Carlo and Mary Carbetta; his brothers Frank, Paul, Joseph, Cosmo, Tony, Lando, James, and Fred; sisters Rose and Lena; and two infant brothers.
A private funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary Catholic Church followed by burial at Claridon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church, 251 North Main Street, Marion, Ohio 43302, or Marion Veterans Memorial Association, 222 East Fairground Street, Marion, Ohio 43302.
Snyder Funeral Homes, Gunder/Hall Chapel is honored to serve Benny’s family. Online condolences may be expressed by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.