Carmella "Terri" Chimento-Benevitti

carmella chimento-benevitti

October 5, 1950 ~ June 13, 2022

Born in: Pueblo, CO
Resided in: Pueblo, CO

Carmella “Terri” Chimento-Benevitti, 71, left unexpectedly to be with the lord on June 13, 2022. She was born in Pueblo, Colo. on Oct. 5, 1950 to Vincent and Martha Chimento. She graduated with her MSW from the University of Denver in 1987. She began her career at the Pueblo County Department of Social Services, where she retired in 2015. She also worked as a licensed clinical social worker for 17 years in private practice to help young people and families. Terri, to her friends, loved working with several community organizations including The Pueblo Child Advocacy Center and more recently the Pueblo Hispanic Education Foundation. Terri loved spending time with friends, playing golf and being in her family home. Above all, Terri loved her family, especially her husband, Leonardo, and her little dog, Bella. She enjoyed sharing family traditions with her many nieces and nephews, especially those around Easter and Christmas.

Carmella is preceded in death by her parents, Vincent and Martha; her brother, Russell Chimento; her brother-in-law, James M. Martin; and her beloved husband, Leonardo Benevitti. She is survived by her sister, Margaret J. (Chimento) Martin; nephew, James (Colleen) Martin; niece, Martha (Kevin) Lockhart; and great-nephews, Connor (Alanna) Leiva, Brandon Martin, Cameron (Keana) Martin, Sean Lockhart; and great-niece, Sophia Lockhart.

Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Memorial Mass, 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 29, 2022, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1145 S. Aspen Rd. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery. Those wishing to honor Carmella may make a donation to the Pueblo Child Advocacy Center, 301 W 13th St, Pueblo, CO 81003 or the Pueblo Hispanic Education Foundation Scholarship Fund, 215 S Victoria Avenue, Suite J, Pueblo, CO 81003 Online condolences,


Memorial Mass: June 29, 2022 10:00 am

St. Joseph Church
1145 S. Aspen Road
Pueblo, CO 81006


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  1. We will miss the many conversations with our lovely neighbor, Terri. She was always kind to us. May she rest in peace.

  2. Sissy, I will miss you but have lots of fond memories of our 26 year friendship. We had lots of laughs, good food and good times outside in your backyard on the patio.
    I will always remember the countless hours we spent together writing our reports and waiting for our spaghetti dinner to be ready. You left to soon but are now reunited with Lee and the rest of your family who welcomed you into heaven. Rest in peace and someday when we meet again in heaven, we will have lots to catch up on. Love you sissy,

  3. What a pleasure knowing and working with such a wonderful person. She will be missed by so many. Prayers for the family.

  4. My thoughts, prayers and love are with Margaret, Jimmy, Martha and their families. I met your sister and auntie and she was a wonderful person. I know you will miss her unbearably for a long time. May God comfort you all and may the love you all shared remain in your hearts and be shared by all. Again, I’m so sorry and I pray you all celebrate a beautiful woman who led a meaningful life and who gave so unselfishly to so many to make their lives more fulfilling and productive. And keep the Italian cultural traditions and foods she taught you. She loved her heritage. My deepest, deepest condolences to all.

    Sincere sympathy,
    Lois Conatore-Houpe

  5. Fifty years is a long time to know someone and call them a “friend”. That’s how long I have known “Terri”. We met in 1970 at our first job and have been friends ever since. When Terri was 22, she said her real name was Carmella, I grinned – thought it was too “old” for her – since then she aged into it quite nicely! Her mother would be happy.

    Terri was one of, if not the most, workaholic person I have ever known, one of the most honest and trustworthy persons I have ever know, and one of the best housekeeper’s! (save for my mother) She also made really, really good spaghetti and meatballs! She loved Christmas as much as I did and we did lots of shopping trips together. My first trip to Mexico was with Terri. She won the trip on some radio station. I could go on and on – 50 years is a long time, and our friendship stood the test of time; only a few bumps in the road along the way!

    She loved her sister and her niece and nephew and their children. Though Leonardo, her husband, was her “Sun, Moon and Stars”! He made her oh, so, happy. His death proved unbearable for Terri, something she never quite accepted.

    I will remember her and all the time we spent together. I will especially remember visiting her at the home she loved and sitting on her front porch. My favorite place; they don’t make ’em like that anymore.

    I will miss you, dear friend, but I know you are now at peace and resting with everyone you loved and lost!

  6. I wad blessed and honored to work along side Terri on the Domestic Violence Community Task Force. She truly wad an advocate for our community. She will be remembered for her impact restoring hope in children and families. Rest in Peace 💐

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