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September 28, 2017 Freida Fern Bender
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ARTICLE DESCRIPTION:

1918 - 2017

Freida Fern Bender passed away Sunday, Sept. 24 at Pleasantview Home in Kalona at the age of 98 years. Celebration of life service will be held on Thursday, Sept. 28 at 10:30 at Lower Deer Creek Mennonite Church in rural Kalona. Pastor Don Patterson will officiate. Burial will be in the Lower Deer Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be at the Yoder Powell Funeral Home in Kalona on Wednesday, Sept. 27, from 3:00-8:00 p.m. with the family present from 3-5 and 6-8. A memorial fund has been established for the Lower Deer Creek Mennonite Women.

Freida Lehman was born in Wood River, Neb. on Dec. 1, 1918, the daughter of David and Anna (Saltzman) Lehman. She married Clarence Bender Dec. 25, 1941 and they lived in rural Coralville, then rural Kalona where they farmed. She was an active member of Lower Deer Creek Mennonite Church, taught Sunday school classes and was involved with the women’s sewing circle. She was an avid quilter and also enjoyed handwork, reading and baking. There were always homemade cookies in the cookie jar within easy reach of all the grandchildren. She enjoyed many years with friends and family after she moved to Pleasantview Home, and was grateful for the care she received from the staff at Pleasantview and Iowa City Hospice.

Freida is survived by her children: Norma (Buzz) Miller of Kalona, Lorna (Russell) Miller of Wellman, Ray (Jody) Bender of Kalona and Marie (Mark) Lenker of Fairfax, Va.; 12 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband: Clarence, in 1999; siblings: Elma Erb, Enos Lehman, Ada Mitchell and Chester Lehman.

Yoder-Powell Funeral Home of Kalona is assisting the family. www.powellfuneralhomes.com

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