Jace Gerlando Benedek, 14, of Elizabeth Twp, passed away Monday, November 15, 2021. He was born April 12, 2007 in Pittsburgh and was the son of Bobbi Jo Lawson of Elizabeth Twp., and the late John T. Benedek, Jr. Jace was a 9th grade student at Elizabeth Forward High School. He loved to hunt, fish, and to ride quads. He enjoyed football, golf, playing Xbox, and RC Cars, especially with his late father. Jace was a loving and affectionate person who made it a point to make people smile, while also "busting their balls", aggravating and antagonizing them while lighting up the room. He loved being with his family and friends. He really enjoyed eating while simultaneously planning on what his next meal would be. He was known for breaking everything he touched. Jace loved visiting the cabins at Yough Lake and Mt. Davis, where he loved spending time with "Mt. Davis family". He also enjoyed squeezing money out of his Uncle Jeff, who he affectionately called "Uncle Cheapo". Jace loved to "whoop it up" with the weekend gang, Cam Homa, and Brooke and Mason Markland. He was an amazing kid who loved life and will be profoundly missed.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by brother, Eric Lawson, sister, Courtney (Jacob) Lawson, BobbiJo's partner, Todd Turner and his daughters, Emma and Ries Turner, grandparents, Tom Kadar and John T. (Joy A.) Benedek, Sr., aunts and uncles, Tabatha and Jeff Hoak, Stacey (Jason Sanner) Tvrdovsky, Toni and Bob McCracken, and Thomas Kadar, Jr., nieces, Anneliese and Emma, nephew, Hawthorne, cousins, Jeffrey Hoak, Alysa Hoak, Randy (Darrin) Hoak, Cody Tvrdovsky, and Jayden Sanner, special extended family, Jason and Barb Sari, Jeremiah and Betsy Walter, Doug and Tamie Markland, Bird and Candy Homa , Steve, Heather, Dustin and Carly Fitzgibbons, as well as many other members of his extended family. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by grandparents, Robert Maksin, Donna Kadar and Rose Benedek.
Friends are welcome from Sunday, November 21, 2021, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm & 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm at the Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. 6028 Smithfield Street, Boston, Elizabeth Township. (412) 751-5000 Drew J. Gilbert, director. Service will be held in the funeral home chapel on Sunday at 6:00 pm with The Rev. Paul Walter, officiating. The family would like to extend that a luncheon will be held both after the first visitation and following the service at The Elizabeth Boro Fire Hall, 107 Market St, Elizabeth, PA 15037. Condolences may be made at Gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com
Originally published November 18, 2021.