Loved playing guitar in Thursday ‘band camp’

Published in the January 18, 2018 edition

WENHAM — Steven M. Benecke, 53, of Wenham, passed away peacefully at home on January 9, 2018 following a courageous battle with ALS.

Steve was born on September 26, 1964 in Hawthorne, Calif., the son of the late Bernard J. and Patricia A. (McInnis) Benecke. He graduated from Lynn Vocational Technical High School in 1982. He received his associate’s degree from North Shore Community College and also attended Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston.

Steve worked for over 30 years in all facets of the construction business, the majority of which was with the R.C. Griffin in Peabody where he worked as a project manager.

Exceptionally creative, funny and handy, Steve loved playing guitar in his Thursday “band camp,” tinkering with just about any kind of vehicle, and boating with family and friends. He had various hobbies but was also never afraid to try something new.

Steve is survived by his beloved wife of 12 years, Lisa (Avery) Benecke and their two daughters, Erin Avery Benecke and Kaylin Ann Benecke, all of Wenham. He was the dear brother of Kevin Benecke and his wife Tina of North Reading and a loving uncle to his nieces and nephews, Eric, Luke and Mia Benecke of North Reading, and Caitlyn and Ashley Avery of Wellesley. Numerous beloved cousins from both the East and West Coasts also survive him.

Friends and family were invited to attend Steve’s Celebration of Life on Saturday, January 13 at the First Church in Wenham. Steve’s passion and zest for life often found him participating in those activities where he performed best while dressed casually and comfortably. Attendees honored Steve’s memory by attending in casual attire.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Steve’s memory may be sent to the ALS Association – Massachusetts Chapter, 685 Canton Street, Suite 103, Norwood, MA 02062. To make an online donation please visit:

The Cuffe-McGinn Funeral Home, 157 Maple Street, Lynn, MA 01904 was entrusted with Mr. Benecke’s arrangements. Please visit to sign the online guestbook.