Charles "Charlie" -Bender-Obituary

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Charles "Charlie" Strahan Bender

Ruckersville, Virginia

Dec 12, 1928 – Aug 29, 2019 (Age 90)


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Ryan Funeral Home - Ruckersville Obituary

Charles “Charlie” Bender, 90, of Charlottesville, VA passed away on Thursday, August 29, 2019 at the Laurels of Charlottesville. He was born on December 12, 1928 in Allentown, PA to the late Ralph and Mary Bender.

He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Mary “Mollie” Diehl Bender; children, Beth Friedmann, Linda Boyle and Charles “Skip” Bender; six grandchildren, Alex Bender, Glenn Bender, Hannah Bender, Kelly Friedmann, Michael Friedmann and Eileen Boyle; and one great granddaughter, Cordelia Bender.

A private family service will be held in Maryland.

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Ryan Funeral Home of Ruckersville, VA is handling the arrangements.

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I was Charlie's next door neighbor for almost 30 years. I remember fondly chatting across the fence about our "gardens". He was a wealth of knowledge and I enjoyed learning.

Writing for Sally Meyer - our hearts grieve with you. The family holds you in prayer.

It has been an honor to serve Charlie Bender. He has always shown the upmost respect for those around him. He will be greatly missed by all of us at the Laurels.

God bless and keep you, Charlie. You were a good man: a good husband and provider, father, grandfather, and friend. You and Mollie did a great job raising Beth, Linda, and Skip, each of whom has become a great parent as well. Rest in peace-- you've earned it.
I'm happy to see some of the Laurels team offering their condolences-- we're all very thankful for the great care they've been taking of Charlie and Mollie.

Greg Friedmann (son-in-law)

Charlie and Mollie have been my favorite residents ever since they came to The Laurels. I volunteer their on Mondays and coming to their room and talking with them was always a pleasure. Please accept my condolences on his loss. I will miss him and will pray for comfort for Mollie and the rest of his family.

I work at the Laurels of Charlottesville, and I took care of Mr.
Bender. He was a gentle person. I enjoyed taking care of him.