2005-06-24 / Community

55 Years of Marriage, 45 Years of Volunteer Service To Deborah Hospital

The Benjamins with their family at their Rockaway home.The Benjamins with their family at their Rockaway home. Walter Benjamin was a young man when he first met Lillian in 1946. He ran a plumbing supply business in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. She was looking for a job.

Now, more than 57 years later, Rockaway residents Walter and Lillian Benjamin celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary. on June 11.

The family now includes three daughters, one son and eight grandchildren.

“He was a plumber and I was the bookkeeper,” said Lillian Benjamin. The couple married after a two-year courtship.

During their 55 years of marriage, they have done many things together.

For example, the Benjamin’s have been members of the Sylvia Martin Chapter of Deborah Hospital Foundation for more than 45 years, and Lillian served the organization as president.

The foundation raises funds for the less fortunate patients who need heath care but cannot afford it. According to Mickey Alvino, the center‘s local director, The Deborah Heart and Lung Center never renders a bill to a patient or their family.

Alvino, director of the New York/New England Region of the foundation, thanked the Benjamins for their 45 years of service. “You have enabled so many patients to be offered the gift of life,” said Alvino. “Congratulations on your 55th anniversary.”

The Benjamins lived in Brooklyn for most of their marriage and moved to Rockaway eight years ago. “We retired to Rockaway instead of Florida, and now share a house with my daughter, her husband and our two grandchildren who attend P.S. 114,” said Lillian.

The couple celebrated their anniversary at the Spring Luncheon of the Sylvia Martin Chapter at Oriental Manor in Bensonhurst and the following day with a family dinner celebration at a nearby restaurant.

The Benjamins are also active members of the Temple Beth-El.

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