Lelia Bender

April 13, 1925 - January 28, 2018
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Lelia Virginia Bender, 92, passed away on January 28, 2018 at The Inn at Northwood Village.

She was born on April 13, 1925 in Port Washington, Ohio to George and Ella (Oneacre) Day. Lelia spent her life in Port Washington, graduating from Port Washington High School in 1942.

In November 1943, Lelia married Ro…

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Lelia Virginia Bender, 92, passed away on January 28, 2018 at The Inn at Northwood Village.

She was born on April 13, 1925 in Port Washington, Ohio to George and Ella (Oneacre) Day. Lelia spent her life in Port Washington, graduating from Port Washington High School in 1942.

In November 1943, Lelia married Robert Bender, son of Ezra and Viola (Salrin) Bender. Lelia and Bob resided in Port Washington for many years until they moved to West Lafayette in 1977. They later moved to The North Star of Dover in August 2002. Bob and Lelia celebrated over 70 years of marriage together. In May 2014, Lelia moved to The Inn at Northwood Village, which was shortly after Robert’s passing in March 2014.

Lelia worked for the Port Washington School System as Assistant Head Cook then Head Cook for over 20 years, retiring in June 1985. Lelia and Robert were life-long members of the Port Washington St Paul’s United Church of Christ. Lelia was an accomplished quilter and made many quilts for her children and grandchildren.

Lelia was preceded in death by her loving husband, Robert Bender. She was also preceded in death by her son Steven, daughter Rebecca, brother George Day, and sisters Helen Day and Burnett McGonigal.

Lelia is survived by her son Gregory (Sharon) Bender of Virginia; daughter-in-law Marsha Bender of Strasburg, Ohio; and brother Paul E. Day of New Philadelphia, Ohio. She is also survived by grandchildren David (Marian) Bender, Elizabeth (Patrick) Shaughnessy, Kevin (Sarah Frances) Bender, Kristine Bender, and, Kollin Bender. There are also three great-grandchildren, Jane, Anna Grace, and Riley.

The family would like to thank the nurses, aides, housekeeping and food service staff at the Inn at Northwood Village for their dedicated, professional care and support during her three and a half years as a resident.

In lieu of flowers, Lelia requested that donations be made to the American Cancer Society, 525 North Broad Street, Canfield, OH 44406.

A celebration of life will be held at the Geib Funeral Center at Dover on Saturday, February 10, 2018. Family will receive guests from 3 to 4 PM with a memorial service to follow.

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Date: Saturday, February 10, 2018

Time: 3:00 pm

End Time: 4:00 pm

Geib Funeral Center at Dover

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5600 N Wooster Avenue, Dover, OH, 44622

Service Information

Date: Saturday, February 10, 2018

Time: 4:00 pm

Geib Funeral Center at Dover

Address:

5600 N Wooster Avenue, Dover, OH, 44622

Donation Information

American Cancer Society

525 N. Broad Street
Canfield, Ohio 44406

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Born: April 13, 1925
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Geib Funeral Home & Crematory

On behalf of the Geib Family and Staff, we offer our most sincere sympathy for your loss. We are honored to have been called upon to serve your family.

 

Jim Bender posted on 2/9/18

It is with much sadness that I say goodbye to my most favorite and beautiful Aunt Leila. She was a great help to me with life choices , schoolwork , faith , and instilling a level of confidence that was a big cornerstone to the success I’ve had over the years . Aunt Leila was the model for life , the person we all hope to be at sometime. She led a long fruitful life filled with riches and treasures and all of us who benefited by knowing her were so much the better for it. Are hearts are heavy for her but she will be remembered as the best of the best for all times.

 

Kollin Bender posted on 2/6/18

Thank you for being a kind and loving Grandma. Thanks to you I know how to correctly say the word 'Ohio' and I know exactly where my love of crunchy snacks comes from. Your voice always could command the room and you also were always so excited to hear about our lives. Thank you for everything.

 

Hattie Gossett- Smith posted on 2/4/18

My sympathy and prayers go out to Lelia`s family she was a dear friend of mine. My age and health prevent me from attending the services but I will be there in Spirit.

 

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