Sally Bender, 73, Ephrata, worked at Friendly’s, enjoyed gardening, trips to beach

By on October 14, 2015

Sally Bender, 73, of Ephrata, and formerly of Manheim, died peacefully Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015 at Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center, Lititz.

Born in East Hempfield Township, she was the daughter of the late John L. and Elizabeth Bender Sensenig. She was the loving wife of Lloyd C. Bender; they would have observed their 56th wedding anniversary on Oct. 10.

Sally retired after she worked more than 12 years for Friendly’s Restaurant in Lancaster; previously she was employed at the former Evans Restaurant in Manheim. She was a member of Ruhl’s United Methodist Church, Manheim. Her interests included: flowers, gardening, cooking, baking, collecting quilts, crafts of all types, traveling, dancing, shopping, going to the beach, taking care of her cats, and doing many of these things barefoot. She had a life-long passion for her family, and enjoyed spending time with her children, and grandchildren.

Surviving in addition to her husband: Lloyd; is a daughter: Vickie B., wife of Karl Alston, of East Granby, Conn.; a son: Douglas S. Bender of Lancaster; six grandchildren: Douglas T., Scott, Jared, Lindsey, Alicia, Ben; a brother: Ronald, husband of Gloria Sensenig of Lancaster; and a sister; Kathleen, of New Jersey.

Services are set for Oct. 16 at 11 a.m. at Buch Funeral Home, 21 Market Square, Manheim. There will be a viewing at the funeral home on Oct. 15, from 7 to 8 p.m., and one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Ruhl’s United Methodist Cemetery, Rapho Township.

Those desiring may send contributions in Sally’s memory to: Alzheimer’s Association, 3544 N. Progress Ave., Suite 205, Harrisburg, PA 17110; or American Diabetes Association, 150 Monument Road, Suite 100, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004.

To send the family online condolences, visit Buch Funeral Home, Manheim, assisted the family with the arrangements.

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