• BENDER WILLIAM R. On Saturday,...

On Saturday, February 17, 2018, of Avalon, age 90, passed away peacefully. He was the beloved husband of the late Rita (Thieret) Bender; beloved father of Marilyn Bender, William K. (Anne) Bender, Christine (Henry) Stephens, Joan (Larry) Kresek, Thomas J. Bender, Nancy (Dave) Roman, Loraine (late Larry) Jeter, and the late Stephanie Rose Bender; loving brother to Mary Bender Henning, Paul Bender, Bernard Bender, and the late Kenneth Bender. William was proud of his 17 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Bill lived in Pittsburgh all his life, mostly in Southside, Carrick, and Avalon. He was a retired employee of Avalon Borough, a devout Catholic and member of the Church of the Assumption, a longtime usher, church festival volunteer, and co-organizer of annual Catholic retreats. He served as a member of the Avalon Volunteer Fire Company for 60 plus years and was a 50 plus years member of the Knights of Columbus Council #1400. During his lifetime, he had many interests including gardening, woodworking, fishing, listening to country western music, and collecting ball caps from his travels. As a young man, he honorably served in the Merchant Marines, performed in the St. Michael's Passion Play, and for many years acted as Santa delivering treats to community children on Christmas Eve. He was a good sport--from tasting alligator meat to sitting high up on a Brahma bull at the National Western Stock Show. After marrying Rita and raising a family, their joy was traveling through the United States to vacation with their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He was known as a kind and cheerful man. He loved joking and making people smile. Bill's life revolved around his family and his community. His life exemplified one of his favorite sayings: “What goes around comes around”. He will be missed by many. Friends received Wednesday and Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the LAWRENCE T. MILLER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 460 Lincoln Avenue, Bellevue. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, February 23, 2018, at 10 a.m., Church of the Assumption, Bellevue.
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PostedFebruary 20, 2018