A homemaker, she was a member of the Churubusco United Methodist Church, and was a 50 year member of Churubusco Order of the Eastern Star 136.
The surviving relatives include her children, Iris (Ralph) Radecki, Gregory G. (Deborah) Bender, and Jeannette Emley, all of Fort Wayne. There are seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and spouse, she was preceded in death by her sister, Janet Telschow; by a brother, Wallace P. Graham, and by a great-granddaughter, Ieshia Bender.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a. m. on Thursday, September 17, 2009, at the Eel River Cemetery, south of Churubusco. Chaplain Karen Kosberg will officiate, and interment will follow. At the request of Mrs. Bender, there will be no calling hours. Memorials may be directed to Parkview Home Health & Hospice, 2270 Lake Avenue, Suite 200, Fort Wayne, IN 46805. Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco is in charge of the arrangements. To leave a condolence for the family in Mrs. Bender’s memory, log on to www.sheetsandchilds.net.