Dorothy Irene Bender

1929 - 2020

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Dorothy I. Bender, 90 of Findlay, passed away at 3:08pm on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. She was born in Findlay on May 16, 1929 to the late Calvin S. and Helen C. (Gardner) Wolfe. On May 17, 1946, she married Virgil D. Bender and he preceded her in death on December 10, 1993. Dorothy is survived by her son, Gary A. (Beth) Bender of Pickerington, Ohio; brother, James (Colleen) Wolfe of Findlay; 13 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and 7 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, Douglas J. Bender; daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Ron Markins; brother, Calvin Wolfe; sister, Betty Kirkconnell; and grandson, Dean Markins. Dorothy is a 1946 graduate of Findlay High School. She was a housewife and the former owner of Bender Ceramics. Dorothy enjoyed camping and gardening. She was also a member of Stonebridge Church of God. Visitation will be held from 10:00am–1:00pm on Monday, March 16, 2020 at COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, Findlay. Funeral services will follow at 1:00pm on Monday at the funeral home, with Pastor Michael Wise officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences are welcomed at

Service Information
  • Visitation Details:

    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840
    Monday, March 16th 2020 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

  • Funeral Service:

    Monday, March 16th 2020 - 1:00 PM

  • Service Location:

    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

  • Final Resting Place:

    Maple Grove Cemetery [Map]
    1120 W Main Cross St
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

  • Contributions:

    American Cancer Society - Bender
    PO Box 22718
    Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718

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To : Wolfes and Benders
Date :Thursday, March 12th 2020
From : The California Kirkconnells
We are grateful we spent time with Aunt Dorothy these past few years. We will miss her.

To : Benders Wolfes et al
Date :Friday, March 13th 2020
From : Cunninghams
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand

To : Benders Wolfes et al
Date :Friday, March 13th 2020
From : Colorado Kirkconnells
So happy to know that Dorothy loved the Lord,
And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet. My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment. Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much.
Luke 7:44-47

To : Gary and Beth
Date :Friday, March 13th 2020
From : Darlene and Ron Swihart
Our thoughts and prayers are with you both through these trying times. Sorry about your the loss of your mother as she is is in good hands with the LORD.

To : The Family
Date :Saturday, March 14th 2020
From : Sue Slagel
The last time I saw Dorothy was when she was still at Birchaven. I was one of the gals who came to the ceramic shop on Tuesdays. I really miss Sandy and Dorothy and the other girls but we have our memories. I am sorry that you had to loose her but you all are in my thoughts and prayers. Please say good-bye to her for me. God Bless

To : Gary and Beth
Date :Monday, March 16th 2020
From : Tracie Wingate
Gary and Beth, I'm so very sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.

To : The Bender Family
Date :Monday, March 16th 2020
From : Julie Rasmussen
I am so sorry for your Loss. I went to (East Foulke Ave church), my parents camped at TP camp ground with them for many years. Where I visited Frequently. I also enjoyed making things at her ceramic shop. My daughter also held her wedding and reception at the hall she helped Doug with. It was an honor to know her and the family. May GOD comfort you all.

To : Gary and Beth
Date :Monday, March 16th 2020
From : Theresa Albers
It was great to see you at Cookie’s birthday celebration. I had no idea Gary was going through a tough time with his Mom’s health. You have my condolences and prayers for peace.

Love and hugs,