SOUTHINGTON - Mrs. Erna Bender, 84, wife the late Joseph Bender, died on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, at The Summit at Plantsville.
Erna was born in Linz, Austria, on Oct. 14, 1928. Along with her husband and daughter, she immigrated to Waterbury in 1956. The family home was built on Byam Road in Cheshire where she lived for most of her life. Erna worked as a prep cook at the Waverly Inn, The Pavilion and the Aqua Turf. She was known for her exotic creations with fruit and vegetables for festive occasions. She also enjoyed flowers and gardening.
Erna is survived by children, Brigitte Martin and her husband, James, of Largo, Fla., Jeffrey Bender and his wife, Deborah, of Plantsville; a grandson, Erich Bender; two brothers, Friedrich Quirchmayr, Manfred Gierlinger, and a sister, Rosi Bergetschwandtner, all of Austria; and several nieces and nephews.
At her request, private funeral services were held. The DellaVecchia Funeral Home was entrusted with her arrangements. Visit www.dellavecchiafh.com
for online condolences. Memorial contributions may be made to Franciscan Home Care & Hospice 267 Finch Ave., Meriden, CT 06451.