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Harriet J. Pinnock, 90

It is with profound sorrow we announce the passing of Harriet J. Pinnock on March 14, in Las Cruces, N.M.

Born Nov. 24, 1923, Harriet was the oldest of five children of Marvin and Lena (Olsen) Benoy. She grew up on farms in Wisconsin and always had a lifelong love of the area. After graduating from Birchwood High School with her brother, Kenneth in 1942, she became a welder for a sheet metal crew to help the war effort building frigates at Globe Shipbuilding in Superior, Wisconsin.

In 1944, she enlisted in the Army Air Corps, where she began her career in the medical field, which she continued after she left the military. In 1961, she moved to Las Cruces and worked in the County Clerk's office and was active in the Republican Party. She was an accomplished seamstress and author of the book, "Grandma's War". She was a member of the United Military Women of the SouthWest and posted colors with the Honor Guard at local events.

She is survived by her son, Gary Cataldo (Grace) of Austin, Texas; two grandchildren, Greg (Jessa) of Austin, Texas, and Robert of Richmond, Va.; and four great-grandchildren. Her sister, Marilyn Strandquist (Jim) of Hudson, Wis., brother, LaVerne Benoy (Donna) of Birchwood, Wis.; and former husband, Bernard Cataldo of Baltimore, Md., also survive her.

Harriet was preceded in death by her daughter, Shelley Cataldo Hayner; brother, Kenneth Benoy; sister, Kathleen McCarthy; and former husband, Frank Pinnock.

There will be a graveside burial of her ashes at 10:30 a.m. prior to the memorial in East Farmington, Wis., at the Oak Grove Cemetery on Hwy. 35 (252 State Rd. 35).

The family would like to invite you to a memorial gathering at the Hudson House at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 12, a luncheon will be served.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to "Honor Flight of Southern NM". Checks can be sent to the Community Foundation of Southern NM, 301 S. Church St., Suite H, Las Cruces, NM 88001. Or visit their website: