Clara Elizabeth (Francis) Bender

Born: Fri., Jan. 18, 1918
Died: Sun., Dec. 13, 2009

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Clara Elizabeth (Francis) Bender, 91, a resident of Dorothy Love Retirement Community in Sidney went to be with the Lord on Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 2:48 AM. She was born January 18, 1918, near Frenchtown, Ohio, the oldest daughter of Henry and Irene (Barga) Francis. On July 3, 1937, she married Aloysius (Al) Bender in St. Remy's Church in Russia, Ohio who preceded her in death on August 18, 1990. Survivors are her children, Robert (Suzanne) Bender of Cincinnati; Carol Meyer of Sidney; Leo (Nancy) Bender of Tennessee; Louis (Diane) Bender of Wapakoneta; Thomas (Donna) Bender of Sidney; Phyllis (Tom) DeVelvis of Sidney; Rosalie (Fred) Billing of Sidney; Gerald (Susan) Bender of Fort Loramie; Katherine (Larry) Martin of Sidney; and C. Eugene (Jeanette) Bender of Sidney. She was also proud of her 47 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren. A great grandchild, a little girl will be due in April and is to be named Clara Christina Bender. Deceased is a son-in-law, David Meyer and daughter-in-law, Rita Bender and an adopted daughter, Susan Kay Bender, and grandson, Jason Bender. She is also survived by brothers, Ray (Jeanie) Francis of Versailles, and John (Marty) Francis of Greenville, and sisters, Martha Plas of Anna; Mary Francis of Fort Loramie; Rita Goubeaux of Osgood, Monica (Paul) Stephan of Lake Placid, Florida and sister-in-law, Agnes Francis of Versailles. Deceased are brothers, Charles, Norbert, Ralph, August and Henry Francis Jr., and sisters, Leona Zircher and Lovena Grillot. She spent a number of years in charge of dinners and weddings held at the Sidney Moose Lodge and enjoyed all with whom she came in touch. She was most happy when she was nurturing and teaching her children and grandchildren and loved all those she met at Dorothy Love in her later years. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, December 18, 2009 at 10:30 AM at Holy Angels Catholic Church in Sidney, Ohio with Rev. Jason Bedel and Rev. James O'Connor con-celebrating the mass. Burial will follow at Shelby Memory Gardens, Sidney. Friends may call at Salm-McGill and Tangeman Funeral Home in Sidney on Thursday, December 17, 2009 from 2-8 PM and on Friday, December 18, 2009 from 9:00-10:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Wilson Hospice, 915 W. Michigan St., Sidney, Ohio 45365; Holy Angels Catholic School, 324 S. Ohio Ave., Sidney, Ohio 45365 or Dorothy Love Retirement Community Center, 3003 W. Cisco Rd., Sidney, Ohio 45365. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed to the Bender family on Salm-McGill and Tangeman Funeral Home's web site at:

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Dale and Karen Topp

Our deepest sympathies on the loss of your mother/grandmother. Our prayers are with you.


Grandma, You were the best grandma a kid could ever have asked for. You were always there when we needed something or someone to talk too. I enjoyed the times I spent with you , whether it was gathering eggs from the chicken coop, butchering, baking those famous cookies or just playing games and hanging out. What always touched our family the most was the love you shared for Richie!!! When I brought him to see you at the Nursing Home on Friday, it was amazing. You opened your eyes and looked at him, muffled your lips and was moving your hands. What an awesome feeling to see how much he means to you. He has lost his phone buddy, his card partner (we heard all about the times you cheated to win...LOL) but most of all his best friend. I will do my best to always be there and protect Rich in the way you did. We all know that you are in a better place and finally reunited with Grandpa. It is great to have two wonderful guardian angels looking down on us now. You will forever be in our heart! Love and miss you always!!

Joe and Mary Taynor

To all the children, grandchildren and great garndchildren. She will always be remembered as loving, caring and hard working. I remember the last time I visited with Phyllis and asked her to pick out a hat and scarf I had made. She was so thrilled and appreciative. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family but know she is in a better place and no longer suffering.

Janet (Ley) Pike

Aunt Clara was always a most pleasant and gracious lady. My sincerest sympathy. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Doris Eustache and Marilou Coverstone (Doris's niece

To Clara's Family, Clara was with my Aunt in the East Unit of Dorothy Love. She would always be at Catholic Hour on Thursday mornings. Our deepest sympathy to you all.





Pat Bender Cutlip

I am very sorry for the loss of my aunt Clara. I know life wasn't easy for her but she always made the best of everything. Now she is in a better place and she is at peace. May God be with all of her family. Love always Pat

Kelly Stewart Litvak

It has been many, many years since I've seen Clara but remember her as being a sweet woman. As I journey through life, I have kept her precious adopted daughter, Sue, close to my thoughts and heart. Blessings to the Bender family.