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O. Eloise Bender

O. Eloise Bender, nee Jennings, 85, of Belleville, IL, born October 11, 1931, in Canton, MS, died Saturday, April 15, 2017, at Columbia Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, Columbia, IL.

Mrs. Bender was raised in Collinsville, IL, and graduated from Collinsville High School.  Upon marrying Carl in 1954 she became an Air Force wife, raising four children while moving every two to three years, and enduring long periods of unaccompanied tours of duty by Carl.  She was active in the Officer’s Wives Club at Scott AFB as well as Travis AFB, CA, where she learned to play mahjong. She lived from the desert of Southern California to the humidity of South Carolina.  Upon Carl’s retirement from the Air Force the family moved back to the Belleville area and made a permanent home. Through it all Eloise was happiest at family gatherings.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Carl A. Bender, whom she married on January 10, 1954, and who died June 30, 2011; her parents, Paul D. and Olga L., nee Porterfield, Jennings; a brother, Robert Jennings; a son-in-law, Leonard Bafia; a sister, Nancy (Bill) Heidelberg; a sister-in-law, Bernice (Harold) Brettschneider; and a brother-in-law, Raymond (Jutta) Bender

Surviving are four children, Nancy Lee Bender of St. Louis, MO,
Janet Lee Bafia of O’Fallon, IL,
Colonel Gary Carl (Cindy) Bender of Herndon, VA,
and Donald Allen Bender of Chicago, IL;  
one grandchild, Rachel Mae Bender of Cambridge, England;
a sister-in-law,;
and numerous nieces and nephews.

The Bender family would like to give special thanks to the extended family at Cedarhurst of Shiloh Memory Care, including, Ruth Knerrer, Ericka Pickens, Dawn Heimann, Rachel Pollmann, all the CNA’s, and Nancy Fritz.

Memorials may be made to Cedarhurst of Shiloh Memory Care. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 21, 2017, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 22, 2017, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Rev. David Krueger officiating. Burial will be at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.

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Condolences Left For O. Eloise Bender

    Janet & family,
    We were very sorry to hear of your mom's passing. God bless & keep you all.

    Teresa Schweikart, Lebanon, Illinois, 62254


    our sincere sympathy to all the Bender family for the loss of your dear Mom and Len's wonderful mother-in-law. Wally & Barb Bafia

    barbara bafia, sandwich, il, 60548


    Janet and Family, No matter the circumstances, it is never easy to lose a family member. Know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Alicia Wilson, Delaware, OH, 43015


    Eloise Bender Family & Friends. So sorry for your loss. May God grant you the love of Family and good will of Eloise and may He bless you all with sweet memories of Eloise & Carl during this difficult time.

    Tom, Laura, Kyle & Kayla Bafia, Pickerington, Ohio, 43147


    Eloise Bender Family & Friends. So sorry for your loss. May God grant you the love of Family and good will of Eloise and may He bless you all with sweet memories of Eloise & Carl during this difficult time.

    Tom, Laura, Kyle & Kayla Bafia, Pickerington, Ohio, 43147


    Deepest Condolences from a party that from 1940 lived across the street, and as well from 1947 worked for Jennings at Swift.

    Bob Despain

    Robert "Bob" Despain, Collinsville, IL,


    OUR SYMPATHY TO YOU ON THE LOSS OF YOUR MOTHER. WE REMEMBER YOU CHILDREN WHEN YOU LIVED WITH YOUR GRANDPARENTS ON STATE STREET FOR A SHORT TIME. WE WERE NEIGHBORS

    DONALD AND AGNES GEBHART, FREEBURG, IL, 62243


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