Catherine (DeFazio) Bender

LOWER MAKEFIELD, Pa. - Catherine (DeFazio) Bender of Lower Makefield Township. Beloved wife of Richard for 50 years, Catherine went to be with her Lord on July 12, 2013, at home, surrounded by her loving family after waging a courageous battle with cancer.
Catherine is the dedicated and loving mother of Maria Bender, Carolyn (Chuck) Thomas, David Bender, Diane (Christian) Rigby and JoAnn (Joe) Rakowski; and Mom Mom to grandchildren Ashley Hart, Caitlyn Rigby, Melissa Bryner, Casey, Leah and Heather Thomas and Joseph and Joshua Rakowski. She was the devoted daughter of the late Mary (Sorrechilli) and Joseph DeFazio. Catherine is also survived by her brothers, Joseph and Robert DeFazio, sisters, Rosemarie Merwitz, Loretta Warren and Charlotte Van Scaivage, and numerous nieces, nephews and godchildren.
Because of her selfless and caring nature she was loved by all who knew her. Her greatest joys were her children and grandchildren. No group was ever too large for holiday meals at Mom Mom's house which were celebrated in a warm, gracious and inviting manner.
She was a graduate of Bristol High School, class of 1955, where she was elected most popular. After marriage in 1963, Catherine simultaneously raised five children while attaining her RN degree in 1973 from Bucks County Community College (4.0 GPA and continuously on the Dean's List). She received her BSN in 1979 from The College of New Jersey (Magna Cum Laude), her master's degree in 1990 from Rider University (with Distinction) and her Ph.D. in 2008 from Warren University after retiring from the State of New Jersey, Department of Health & Human Services.
Catherine volunteered her time and energy to the American Red Cross and as a bereavement counselor at her parish St. John The Evangelist in Yardley.
Friends may call on Tuesday, July 16, 2013, from 9 to 11 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church at Big Oak and Makefield Road, Yardley. Burial Mass will follow at 11 a.m. Interment will be held at the Washington Crossing National Cemetery at 1:30 p.m.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the J. Allen Hooper Funeral Chapel, 41 W. Trenton Ave., Morrisville, PA 19067. (www.hooperfuneralchapel.com)
In lieu of flowers the family has asked that memorials be sent to the Salvation Army.
We Love You Catherine.

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J Allen Hooper Funeral Chapel
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Published in The Trentonian on July 14, 2013