Jane Ellen Bender, 68, of Wapakoneta passed away peacefully on May 1, 2022 at 8:33 a.m. due to an extended illness. She was born on August 20, 1953 in Sidney, OH to Ed & Rita (Soder) Wendel of Botkins who preceded her in death. On June 2, 1973 she married Keith Bender who survives in Wapakoneta.
Survivors include her 3 children Libby (Wil) Sheets of Elida, Aaron (Ann) Bender of Wapakoneta, Brett Bender of Green Springs; 4 grandchildren Gage and Emmitt Henkener, Roan and Zane Bender; siblings Jean (Richard) Egbert of New Knoxville, Bill (Elaine) Wendel of Botkins, Janet Wendel of Mason and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by father and mother-in-law Howard (Berneda) Bender; a sister and brother-in-law Joan (Jack) Hindenlang.
Jane was a 1971 graduate of Botkins High School and then went on to graduate from the Ohio State Beauty Academy and was a hair stylist for many years. In her free time, she cut many family members' hair and her payment requests were only a hug and a smile. She retired from Findlay Industries/Wapak Products after 17 years. She was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church. She enjoyed being a farmer’s wife. She loved cooking, gardening, sewing and going to craft shows. Her biggest enjoyment was her grandchildren and spending time with them.
Special thanks and appreciation to Joyce, her caregiver for the last 3 years.
Jane’s wishes were to have a private family Mass of Christian Burial at St. Joseph Catholic Church, then a Celebration of Life at a later date.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Johns Volunteer Fire & Rescue or to the Auglaize County Humane Society. All memorial contributions may be mailed directly to the Bender family at 13890 Kuenstle Rd., Wapakoneta, OH 45895.
The family has entrusted Schlosser Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Wapakoneta to handle the arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at www.schlosserfuneralhome.com
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St. Johns Volunteer Fire & Rescue
PO Box 194, St. Johns OH 45884
Auglaize County Humane Society