Benny Albert Carbetta

May 19, 1933 ‒ December 16, 2020

Caledonia, Ohio

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

  • Angie, Kelly and Benny, you were fine, loving and caring children to two of the finest people I’ve ever met. I’m grateful God put us in each others lives. God bless you. Much love. Aunt Patty.

  • Dear Angie, Kelly and Benny

    I am so sorry to hear about your father. He was such a charismatic man. I have such fond memories of your father and family. All the kindness, laughs and friendships. May god and peace be with you all. Love, Cheryl Roth

  • Angie, Kelly, and Benny, we are so sorry for the loss of your father. Love and prayers to you all.
    Love, Joan,Gerry, & Sabrina Jeffers

  • Tom and I are so very sad to hear about the loss of your father! Our prayers are with you and your family. Thomas and Victoria Sheskey

  • Angie, I so sorry to hear about your loss. You loved and respected your dad all of his life. What a tribute to your family and the love your parents shared with you and your family.. God bless you and keep you until you meet again.

  • Angie I’m so sorry about the loss of your dad. We have been so fortunate to have our parents as long as we did. I loved the stories you always told of your mom and dad.. Thinking of you and your family my friend..
    Love and peace ☮️ Binky

  • Carbetta family, I am sorry for your loss. My family’s thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. I am honored to have known Benny.

  • Our thoughts and love are with you all while you make your way through this tough and emotional time. Rest In Peace Uncle Ben.
    Terry, Linda, Matt and Brian

  • Angela, I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your Father. May You and Your Loved Ones find Peace in knowing that he is now without pain. Sending Prayers of Comfort and Memories that will last a life time.

  • Angie, so sorry for the loss to you and your family. I hope the wonderful memories of your life with him are a great comfort to you.

  • Terry, Remo, and Cheryl,
    I’m sorry for the loss of your Uncle. I met so many Carbetta family members in my younger days and can’t recall if I met your Uncle Benny, but I’m sure he was a great guy because I never met a Carbetta that I didn’t like.
    Comfort to the entire family.

  • Angela, I am sorry to learn of your father’s passing. I pray that GOD will comfort you at this time of sorrow.

  • Dear Angie, I was sorry to learn of your father’s passing. Someone once said, “Those we hold closest to our hearts never truly leave us. They live on in the kindnesses they shared and the love they brought into out lives.” Thoughts and prayers surround you and your family.

  • Godspeed, Uncle Benny. And cheers to a life well-lived. To the rest of the family—we’re praying that we would have peace in grieving and joy in remembering.

    Love and blessings,

    Dustin, Rachel, Ryder & Charlie Carbetta

  • Angie and family,
    Our prayers and friendship are with you in this time of loss. All of our love.
    Your friends at Regional Planning

    Evie Warr-Cummings, Ken Lengieza and Lenora Mayes

  • To The Carbetta Family:
    Sorry to hear this news. I remember “Uncle” Benny from back in the days when Bobbie (Carbetta) and I were in college. Remember his smile. God Bless and comfort you at this time of sadness.