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Frieda Gantz Bender
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Birth: Nov. 25, 1918
Scotts Bluff County
Nebraska, USA
Death: Apr. 10, 2011
Benton County
Washington, USA

Frieda Bender 92, of Kennewick, passed away Sunday, April 10, 2011 at Kennewick General Hospital surrounded by her family. She was born November 25, 1918 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska to German emigrants, George and Charlotte (Borne)Gantz.

When she was 18 she met the "Love of her Life", Herbert Bender at a dance. They married on March 3, 1940 in Yodea, Wyoming. They lived with Herb's parents for the first year and then moved into their own place the following year.

They moved to the Tri-Cities in 1943. After settling in the Finley area, they raised seven sons. Frieda and herb passed their love of fishing and camping onto their boys and spent many weekends on the lakes of Washington and also on the land they purchased later with their grandson in the mountains outside Valley, WA.

Frieda was a homemaker, who will be remembered as a wonderful cook (especially by her sons) and for her passion for crocheting. She has provided many afghans & doilies to her family over the years. She also loved crossword puzzles, playing cards, and gardening, and never missed watching a Mariners game. She especially loved cooking family favorite German dishes and baking for her boys. It was not unusual on the holidays to see a friendly squabble over a piece of Mom's banana bread.

She is survived by her son's and daughters in law; Cliff(Linda) Bender of Henderson NV, Herbert (Barbara) Bender, Rose Bender, Darlene Livingston of Valley, WA., Ralph (Jackie) Bender, Tom (Gloria) Bender, Steve (Ruth) Bender of Kennewick, WA, Grandchildren; Mike, Michelle, David, Eric, Jason, Jamie, Jeannie, Wes, Darren, Paula, Tonya, Stephanie, Kimberly, Clifford Eric, Jonathan, Elizabeth, Deanna, Kevin, Stephanie, Christina and Lisa as well as 40 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great-grandchildren. Sisters Leah (Art) Aman of Kennewick, Haulda Weimer of Morrell, Nebraska and Rachel (Carl) Meyer of Gering, Nebraska.

Frieda was preceded in death by her husband Herbert Bender, her sons Ronald and Russell, her parents George and Charolette Gantz, her brothers George, Victor, and John and her sister Mary.

We greatly appreciate the love and support of longtime friends Raquel Huerta and Martha Godinez. Thank you for the caring and compassion you showed to Frieda in her time of need. We will never forget your kindness.

Thank you also to Dr. Wayne Kohan for his longtime care and support of our Mother.

Visitation will be 8:00p.m. Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at Chapel of the Falls.

Funeral services will be Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 1:00p.m. at Mueller's Chapel of the Falls. Burial will be in the Desert Lawn memorial Park at 1401 S. Union St., Kennewick, WA

Memorial Contributions may be made to Susan G. Komen, Breast Cancer Research, P.O. Box 650309 Dallas, TX 75265-0309
Family links: 
  George Gantz (1878 - 1950)
  Charlotte Borne Gantz (1885 - 1961)
  Herbert H Bender (1918 - 1993)*
*Calculated relationship
Desert Lawn Memorial Park
Benton County
Washington, USA
Created by: Loren Bender
Record added: Jun 08, 2011
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Frieda <i>Gantz</i> Bender
Added by: Loren Bender
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