Michael David Benfatti, 23, passed away Sept. 1, 2012. Beloved son of Jim (Nancy) Benfatti and Debbie Benfatti; loving brother, Jim Benfatti; special aunts and uncles, Marie Benfatti, Tony Benfatti, Margie Christensen, Patti DePaolis, Dave and Donna McKenzie and Dotty Jones; and loving cousins, Ann Marie, Jordan, Trisha, Jason, Shelli, Jennifer, Brittany, Amanda, Kylee, Blaine, Brock, Vinnie, Angela, Mark, Cookie and Regi. Preceded in death by devoted grandparents, Al and Louise Benfatti, Paul and Nancy Wojtyla; and special uncle, John Benfatti. Michael was born Jan. 30, 1989, in Pueblo. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, riding motorcycles and poker. There will be no viewing. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Memorial service, 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel with Pastor Mark Hayes officiating. In lieu of food and flowers, memorials may be made to YMCA of Pueblo through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, CO 81003. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. Dear Jim, Debbie and family,
    We are so very sorry to see that Michael passed away. We want you to know that we always think fondly of you and your family. You all will be in our prayers. Love,

  2. Dearest Deb and Jim and “Little Jim” , We have walked in your path and words just will never be enough to express our sorrow for all of you as you try to come to grips with Michael’s passing. Please know that we, maybe more than others, truly understand your heavy hearts and the sadness of having to say good bye to your child much too soon. Parents should never have to continue on without their children–as it just isn’t the natural progression of life. We will never understand the reasons why we are still here while our children have moved on to eternal life. Please know that over time, the good memories will begin to patch the large hole in your hearts and one day you may be able to talk and think about Michael without tears. Know that there will always be a little twinge when you think of your handsome son but it will be one of love and a wish for more time. Just put your thoughts into what he was like growing up and how much joy he brought to all of you. Being your next door neighbor we delighted in watching the boys grow and remember all of the times that they would be outside playing some type of ball with Jason. We will always remember those years with great fondness. While you may not see him, Mikey is with you every day—just look for the signs. Yours in prayer and love, Rick and Sandy Gecewicz

  3. Dear Benfatti family and parents;
    I am so very sorry to hear of your loss- such a beautiful young man. There are no words to console what we cannot begin to understand except that we all carry in our hearts a universal true sense that in the eyes of God we are equally loved, and the tragedies of this world’s time and space cannot be all that there is to our lives; but that we must be headed for and guided by the peace of heart that we all irrestibly seek, somehow knowing that we were created for it.

    Sincerely – John Lippis, Patti’s brother.

  4. Debbie,

    I am so sorry for your loss. Praying for peace and comfort in your heart as you traverse this road. Know that you are not alone, and we are here for you.

    The Rockeys

  5. Jim and Family–it is difficult to put into words anything that would make you feel better. Please know God is ALWAYS in control. Even though we cannot understand His reasons we must believe He has a path for each of us. As I have before, I will keep you and your family in my prayers. May God put His comforting arms around you and help you find peace. Denise

  6. JIM,
    i am so sorry to here of your loss. i hope you and your family can find peace through Jesus Christ. My thoughts and prayers will be with you.

  7. Jimmy and Family:
    I wish somehow words could relieve your pain and sorrow. I pray for God to give you all the strength and courage to get past this difficult time. Know that I am here for you my friend. Love you.

  8. Dear, Debbie and Jimmy,
    I know the pain of your loss and it saddens me to the point of tears. I hope you understand why I was not able to attend the funeral. May God comfort you at this time and I will be praying for you daily. My deepest condolences.

    Chrys Benfatti

  9. Dear Benfatti Family,
    I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. I think about your family a lot and know you have had some big heartaches. I send all my prayers and love along to your extended family.

  10. Jim; I am so saddened to hear of your loss. May God give you strength to get through these tough times. Bless you and your family.

  11. Benfatti family,
    There are no words that can express the sorrow and pain I feel for your loss. Mike was truly an amazing person and a great friend! He’s had such a positive impact on my life and I’m always gonna cherish the memories we shared together. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

  12. Debbie,

    My heart goes out to you and your family. I pray that you gain comfort from your friends and family. The best to you.

  13. Dear Jim, Debbie and entire Benfatti family… my heart breaks for you. May you find comfort and peace in all of the fun, happy memories and know that Michael will always be with you in spirit. He is at peace and is surrounded by family members who have gone before him who will love and care for him. My love and prayers are with you all.

  14. We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    I am with you always. Matthew 28:20

  15. Benfatti family,

    May God be with you in these tough times. Michael is now with our Lord, he will always be with us in spirit. I’m looking forward to our paths crossing again in the afterlife Michael. You were a great friend who created priceless memories whenever we were together.

  16. Jim, Debbie and Jimmy,
    I am truly sorry for your loss and my heartfelt thoughts and condolences go out to you and the rest of your family. It was a priviledge to have known him.

  17. Jim, Debbie, & Jimmy,
    At this difficult time may you find kindness to comfort you, sympathy to warm and sustain you, and cherished memories to bring peace to your heart. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    With deepest sympathy,
    Scott, Kathy, Shandace & Casey Smith

  18. Truely there are know words that can provide much comfort at a time like this, but please know the prayers of my family are with your family at this time and through the future, may our Lord grant you a peace that only He can.

  19. The Benfatti Family,
    We are so very saddened by your loss of Michael. I remember what great friends our children Jana and Don were with Jimmy and Michael when we lived on Cornflower Ct. You are in our prayers. God Bless You

  20. To Jim and the entire Benfatti family – I am sad to learn of Mike’s transition. May you find strength and peace. Hold on dearly to memories. I’m so very sorry.
    Beverly Tekavec Testa

  21. I was one of Mike’s math teachers at East High School. He was a very bright young man and will be truly missed! Blessings to you all.

  22. Debbie, I am so very sorry to hear of your tragic loss. We get to hold our children for such a short time but God holds them in his arms forever. We will keep you and your family in our prayers.
    Pam Johnston Slade

  23. Dear Jimmy & family,
    Just wanted to let you know are love and prayers are with you all.

    with sympathy, John & Gloria Garnett

  24. Jim, Jimmy and Family,

    Our hearts ache for your family. We are so saddened by your loss. We are praying for you, may god give you the strength to get through this difficult time.

  25. Jim, Debbie, and Jimmy,

    I am so sorry for your loss, the times I was able to spend with Mike will forever and always be cherished. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

  26. Debbie,

    We are so very sorry for your loss. May God provide you strength. We love you and we will pray for you and your family. Always,
    Chad & Liz

  27. Our hearts are heavy to hear of your family’s loss. So many great memories of the boys playing in the driveway & cul de sac. May those sweet memories also help to heal your broken hearts. Sending prayers for your Peace. Godspeed to Heaven, Michael

  28. Jim and Debbie – we are so saddened by your loss. We have so many fun memories of Michael and Zach during elementary and middle school when they were just inseparable. You are in our prayers and we pray for peace with Michael, he really was a special child and we enjoyed the time we were able to spend with him.

  29. Dear Debbie and Family:

    We are shocked and saddened by Michael’s untimely death. I know he had a supportive, loving family who cared for him deeply. Our hearts go out to you, Debbie, especially. We will keep you and your family in our prayers and wish we could be with you.

    Aunt Arleene & Uncle Bob

  30. Jim, I was devastated when I heard the news about your son Mike. My heart and prayers go out to you and the entire Benfatti family. May Mike rest in peace

  31. Jim, Marie and Family. I am so terribly sorry for your loss of Michael. Bless you all during this difficult time. Please find peace knowing Michael is with God in heaven.

  32. Jimmy Benfatti and Family,
    Our hearts go out to you for the tragic loss of your brother, Michael. We hope that if we can be of help in any way, that you will call on us.

  33. My thoughts are with the Benfatti family during this time. Mike played Freshman Football for me at East High School and I remember him fondly–as a hard working and fun young man.

  34. Debbie, Jimmy & Family,

    Our deepest and most sincere sympathies to you all. We are so very sorry for this tragic loss and love you very much. May God’s blessings always be with you.

    Michele, Lyle, Stephanie & Becca

  35. Benfatti Family,
    We are so very sorry for your loss. Keeping you all in our prayers at this sad time.
    Helen and Gordon Murley

  36. My son Travis was a good friend of Michael’s,and we would like the family to know they are in our prayers and we are truly sorry for their loss!

  37. May God Be Merciful and Guide you all in this time of sorrow and pain. My heart breaks for all of you. Such a tragic loss of a wonderful young life.

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