Sheila Benzon (Brenneise)

May 30, 1954 - June 19, 2019

Sheila Mae Benzon (Brenneise), 65, of Stockton CA, beloved mother, sister, daughter, aunt, and cousin passed away on June 19, 2019 in a Stockton hospital.  She was surrounded by loving family on the eve of her passing, and her beloved son Marc Santos was with her at her bedside as she entered into eternal life peacefully at 3:40 AM.

Sheila was born and raised in Stockton, CA, and she remained a Stockton resident throughout her life.  Sheila graduated from A.A. Stagg High School with the Class of 1972.  She later earned her Associate’s Degree in Nursing from San Joaquin Delta College in January of 1983.  Sheila worked as a Registered Nurse at San Joaquin General Hospital and later at the San Joaquin County Jail for a total of 26 years before retiring in 2009.  Sheila could have worked in the private sector for higher pay, but said she felt that working for the County was her way to give back to the local community that had helped her stay on her feet in her earlier years.  On her weekends off, Sheila enjoyed spending time with family as well as going out dancing, winning several contests in her dancing days.  During her retirement, Sheila enjoyed cooking, watching and going to San Francisco Giants games, classic rock concerts, and movies.  She also continued on with her caregiving spirit, volunteering locally at St. Mary’s Dining Hall.

Sheila was preceded in death by her parents, Eugene and Alma Brenneise, brother Larry Brenneise, and niece Karoline Brenneise.  Sheila is survived by her son, Marc Santos of Stockton, CA, brother and sister-in-law Chester and Sharon Brenneise of Stockton, CA, brother Dennis Brenneise of Peoria, AZ, sister-in-law Sara Brenneise of Costa Mesa, CA, as well as several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

In honor of Sheila’s memory and passion for helping the homeless, charitable donations of money, time, or goods may be made to St. Mary’s Dining Hall in Stockton, CA.


A visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 from 8:30am - 10:00am at the Evergreen Chapel at Cherokee Memorial Park, located off  Highway 99 at Harney Lane, Lodi CA, 95240.


A service will be held following the visitation on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at 10:00am at the Cherokee Memorial Park, located off of Highway 99 at Harney Lane, Lodi CA, 95240.

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