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September 7, 2017 Barbara Bender
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1924-2017

Barbara Bender, 93, died Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, at the Pleasantview Home in Kalona. A memorial service was held Friday, Sept. 1, 2017 at the Kalona Mennonite Church in Kalona with Pastor Josh Lunberg officiating. Burial was held at the Sharon Hill Cemetery in Kalona. A memorial fund has been established for the Kalona Volunteer Fire Department and Iowa City Hospice.

Barbara (Stutzman) Bender was born April 3, 1924, in rural Johnson County, Iowa, the daughter of Ervin and Lydia (Bontrager) Stutzman. On Dec. 24, 1944, she was united in marriage to Lloyd Bender at the Fairview Mennonite Church. She was a homemaker and also worked at Maplecrest Turkey Processing, the Kalona Bakery and cleaned houses. Barbara was a member of the Kalona Mennonite Church where she was active in the sewing group. She enjoyed gardening, canning, quilting, baking and being with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include four children: Derald (Marilyn) Bender, Dwight (Jenelle) Bender and Delwyn “Bud” Bender all of Kalona and Darlene Gingerich of Riverside; foster son: Mike (Emily) Ferguson of Kalona; seven grandchildren: Mike (Brenda) Bender, Vicki (Brian) Strausser, Kelby (Leanne) Bender, Tiffani (Richie) Davis, Torrey (Jody) Gingerich, Tyrell (Amanda) Gingerich and Tristan (Jacque) Gingerich; three foster grandchildren: Kelli (Justin) Schrock, Jodi (Solomon) Rudy and Mollie (Ryan) DeWitt; 15 great-grandchildren: Cassidy, Abe, Will, Luke, Madelyn, Morgyn, Lillian, Drew, Grady, Landry, Elsey, Adam, Jaxson, Kinsley and Kolton; four siblings: Leroy (Norma) Stutzman of Washington, Stanley (Shirley) Stutzman of Kalona, Alta Widmer of Iowa City and Ann Raber of Sarasota, Fla.

Preceding Barbara in death were her parents; her husband: Lloyd; son-in-law: Ron Gingerich; five brothers: John, Omar, Levi and Ervin Jr. and Henry; and four sisters: Mary Bontrager, Ada Stutzman and two infant sisters.

Peterseim Funeral Home of Kalona is assisting the family. www.peterseimfuneralhome.com

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