BENDER: On Wednesday November 2, 2022, Erma (Wagler) Bender, peacefully passed on to the presence of her Lord in her 90th year at her daughter’s home, Listowel, ON. She was born November 26, 1932 at Tavistock, ON to Daniel and Mary (Zehr) Wagler. Loving wife of the late Merlin Christian Bender (October 23, 2021). Loved mother and mother-in-law of Donna and Harold Good of Listowel, Diane and Dwight Good of Milverton, Tom and Linda Bender of Kippen, Susan and the late Cornelius Harder (2020) of New Hamburg, Joe and the late Elaine (2015) Bender of Burlington, Brad and Sandra Bender of Kippen, Laura Ann and Virgil Horst of Columbiana, OH and John and Carolyn Bender of Lucan. Cherished grandma of 36 grandchildren, 111 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren. Dear sister of Emmalien Lichti, Lydia and Glen Schumm and sister-in-law of Isabel Ruby and Lorraine Bender. Remembered by her many nieces, nephews and their families. Predeceased by her parents, siblings and in-laws, Stanley and Ruby Wagler, Lloyd and Ruby Wagler, Alma and Ken Zantzi, Daniel and Audrey Wagler, Elmon Lichti, Vernon Ruby, Howard Bender, Florence and Earl Schlegel, Donald and Louisa Bender, as well 1 granddaughter and 4 great-grandchildren.
Baptized while in her youth she has been a member of the Lakeview Conservative Mennonite Church since 1972. She served the Lord sacrificially alongside her husband in his offices of minister and bishop here and in the churches in India.
Visitation will be held at the Lakeview Conservative Mennonite Church, 73394 Bronson Line Zurich on Saturday, November 5, 2022 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. A funeral service will be held there at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday November 6, 2022; If unable to be present, a telephone connection is avaliable at 226-393-2082. Interment follows at the adjoining cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood. If desired, memorial donations may be directed to the India Lamp & Light Bible Courses.