Devra T. Bennung, 86, cofounder of company

Devra T. Bennung
Devra T. Bennung
Posted: November 01, 2013

Devra Todd Bennung, 86, a Cape May resident since 1998, died Sunday, Oct. 27, at Victoria Manor, a nursing home in North Cape May, of complications from a broken hip.

In the early 1950s, Mrs. Bennung and her husband, Karl Jr., cofounded what is now Acrymax Technologies in Media, their son, Scott, said.

A 1996 Inquirer story reported that the firm produces "a series of coatings used to restore and preserve roofing, especially galvanized tin."

A Bennung coating was featured on an episode of the PBS series This Old House, the story reported.

And a Bennung product also received government approval "as a protective coating for the insulation on the space shuttle's solid-fuel booster rockets," the story said.

"It flew on many missions," Scott Bennung said.

A graduate of Overbrook High School, Mrs. Bennung was secretary and treasurer of the firm "until about three years ago," her son said.

"She kept the books for the company until 10 years ago," he said.

She was a member of the Corinthian Yacht Club and the Beach Club, both of Cape May, as well as the Cottagers' Association of Cape May, a property owners' group.

On a few occasions, Mrs. Bennung opened her Victorian home to house tours that benefited the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities in Cape May.

Besides her son, Mrs. Bennung is survived by daughters Faith Pittman, Hope Perry, and Heather Robinson; a brother; and 10 grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband and their infant son, Karl.

A visitation was set from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Cape May United Methodist Church, 635 Washington St., before an 11:30 a.m. memorial service there.

Donations may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 3551 N. Broad St., Philadelphia 19140.

Condolences may be offered to the family at www.spilkerfuneralhome.com.


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