Emma I.A. Bender

Birth: May 23rd, 1927
Death: January 29th, 2017
Age: 89 years
Residence:Turner, Michigan

Emma Ida Amalia Bender was called home to be with her Lord and Savior on January 29, 2017.  Emma lived a long healthy 89-year life and passed peacefully at her home in Turner, MI.  The daughter of Conrad and Katherine (Trump) Grueber, Emma was granted the gift of life on May 23, 1927 in Frankenmuth, MI.  She became the beloved wife of Harley Bender on May 27, 1948 at St. Lorenz Lutheran Church in Frankenmuth.  Religion was a very important part of Emma’s life, as a devout member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Reese, prior to moving to the home they built in Turner in 1976.  Where she became, an active member, serving on many committees and boards at Faith Lutheran Church in Prescott.


Emma was a loving mother who is survived by her 4 sons, Kenneth (Karen) Bender of Twining, Dennis (Diana) Bender of Alger, Garland Bender of Turner, and David (Jan) Bender of Turner.  She was the adored and cherished grandmother to her 13 grandchildren, Holly (Chris) Shillair, Albert (Katie) Bender, Jared Bender, Desiree Thomas, Amelia Bender, Chad (Mallory) Bender, Steven Bender, Derek Bender, Melanie Bender, John (Jessica) Bender, Brittany Bender, Wyatt Bender, and Riley Bender.  Who will continue to pass on her love of cooking, gardening, and flowers to the 17 great grandchildren who treasured her.  She will be missed by her sisters in law, Dorothy Stange of Spruce, Katherine Bender of Saginaw, Margaret Grueber of Saginaw, along with her many nieces and nephews.

Emma was predeceased by her parents, her husband Harley, her brothers and sisters Walter Grueber, Herbert Grueber, Laura Palmreuter, and Hulda Hetzner.  Her brothers and sisters in law Clarence Bender, Emory Rupp, Norman Stange, Otto Palmreuter, Rudy Hetzner, Betty Rupp, Martha Grueber, and Hilda Grueber.


Visitation for Emma Bender will take place on Thursday, February 2, 2017 from 2:00 to 8:00pm at Buresh Funeral Home, 15 West Maple Ridge Road, Twining, MI 48766.  Funeral service will be held on Friday, February 3, 2017 at 11:00am (in state 10:00am) at Faith Lutheran Church, 5315 Henderson Lake Road, Prescott, MI 48756 officiated by Reverend Daniel Jansen.  The committal will follow at the church with a luncheon.  A brief internment burial at Cedar Valley Cemetery will take place after the luncheon.


Memorial contributions may be directed to Faith Lutheran Church Building Fund, The Lutheran Hour, or the wishes of the family.  Online condolences may be offered at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com

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