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Marilyn Bender

March 18, 1946 — January 9, 2024

Kalona

 

A celebration of life for Marilyn Bender, 77, of Kalona, will be held Sunday, January 14, 2024, at 2:30 PM at the Kalona Mennonite Church with Pastors Josh Lundberg officiating. Visitation will be held Saturday, January 13, 2024, from 3 – 7 PM at the Kalona Mennonite Church. A memorial fund has been established for Kalona Mennonite Church and the Kalona First Responders. Marilyn died Tuesday, January 9, 2024, at the Pleasantveiw Home in Kalona following a brief battle with cancer. The Beatty Peterseim Funeral Home is assisting the family.

 

Marilyn (Miller) Bender was born March 18, 1946, in Kalona, Iowa, the daughter of Paris L and Lydia (Briskey) Miller. She attended Prairie Dale rural school. On June 24, 1967, she was united in marriage to Derald Bender at the Kalona Mennonite Church.  When her brother and sister-in-law died suddenly in an accident, she and Derald opened their home to her two nieces and nephew and raised them as her own. The couple owned and operated the Kalona Bakery for 35 years.

Marilyn was a member of the Kalona Area Chamber of Commerce and was a strong supporter of the Kalona community, giving tirelessly to help promote the town. She enjoyed spending time with her grandkids, quilting, doing embroidery work, and baking, especially sugar cookies, monster cookies, fluff, and her famous potato salad. Marilyn had a generous, giving spirit, always willing to help anyone.

 

Survivors include her husband Derald of Kalona, son Mike (Brenda) Bender of Kalona, daughter Vicki (Brian) Strasser of Homestead, sons Keith (Cheryl) Miller of Goshen, IN, Kevin (Linda) Miller of Center Point, daughters, Kathy (Richard) Richardson of Colorado Springs, CO, Karla (Brent) Graber of North English, Kim (Bob) Cox of Williamsburg; 21 grandchildren: Cassidy Bender (Ben Bermel), Abe Bender, Luke and Will Strasser, Justin, Troy, Shannon, Stephen, Kristen, Hannah, Kyle, Trent, Kendra, Pat, Amanda, Molly, McKenna, Reece, Braidon, Tanner and Riley; numerous great-grandchildren; two sisters: Alma Hershberger of Kalona, Sally (John) Hershberger of Kalona, and two sisters-in-law: Ruby Miller of Kalona and Karen Miller of Iowa City.

 

Preceding her in death were her parents, five brothers:  Henry (Ella), Robert, Milton, Owen, and Charles “Chip” Miller, her sister Anna Peiffer, and one brother-in-law John D. Hershberger.

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Service Schedule

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Visitation

Saturday, January 13, 2024

3:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Kalona Mennonite Church

902 6th St, Kalona, IA 52247

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Celebration of Life

Sunday, January 14, 2024

Starts at 2:30 pm (Central time)

Kalona Mennonite Church

902 6th St, Kalona, IA 52247

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