Rose Bender

Rose Letitia Bender (Rotz)

Saturday, December 21st, 1929 - Tuesday, April 6th, 2021
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Rose Letitia (Rotz) Bender, 91, of Newburg, went Home to be with her Lord on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 in the UPMC Carlisle Regional Hospital surrounded by her loving family.

She was born Saturday, December 21, 1929 in Hopewell Township, Cumberland County to the late Frank Guy and Mildred May (Holtry) Rotz. Rose was happily married to David A. Bender, celebrating 67 years of marriage before his death on April 13, 2016.

Rose was a long-time member of the Newburg First Church of God, where she served on the Church Council, was a Sunday School teacher in the Children’s Department and was a member of the Women’s Ever Ready Sunday School Class. She also assisted in the Nursery and served on the Hospitality Committee. After her husband’s retirement as a Logistics Inventory Manager at Letterkenny Army Depot, Rose enjoyed working together with him as custodians at their Church.

In her earlier years, she was a charter member of the former Newburg Dessie Priscilla Rebekah Lodge #100, a member of the Cumberland County Farm Women’s Group #21, and a member of the Shippensburg Senior Citizens Group #1. Additionally, both Rose and her husband took pleasure in volunteering at the Shippensburg Fair Craft Building.

Rose was primarily a homemaker who enjoyed traveling, bowling, ceramics, sewing and crafts; but her lifetime devotion was her loving husband and her family.

She is survived by five children, Sharon L. (D. Alan) Mathna, Chambersburg, Sandra J. Weibley, Carlisle, Robert D. (Tammy) Bender, Newburg, Larry E. Bender, Carlisle and Stephen L. Bender (partner Kelli Bowermaster), Shippensburg; two sisters, Helen M. Burkholder and Edith D. (Lester) Kitzmiller, both of Newburg; grandchildren, Nicole (Jeremy) Rhone, Jared Weibley (fiancée Elizabeth Babinsack), Erika (David) Tase, Katlynn Bender, Kelly Bender (fiancé Devon O’Leary), Madeline Bender, Zoe Bender, and Kara Bowermaster; great-granddaughters, Hailey Tase, Karissa Krause (fiancé Scott Kleinfelter) and Bridget Harfst; sisters-in-law, Betty M. Rotz, Pauline B. Bender; brother-in-law, Harold M. “Milt” Bender; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one daughter, Joyce Ann Bender; two brothers, Melvin C. Rotz and Dana H. Rotz; three sisters, Minerva A. Culbertson, Ardella E. Rotz and Mildred M. Daihl; and son-in-law Robert J. Weibley, Jr.

Funeral services will be held Monday, April 12, 2021 at 1:30 pm in the Newburg First Church of God with Pastor James W. Moss, Jr. officiating. A viewing will be held from 12 Noon until the time of the service at the church. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hall Cemetery, Pleasant Hall, PA.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Newburg First Church of God, 260 Newburg Road, Newburg, PA 17240.

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  • Visitation

    Monday, April 12th, 2021 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm
    Monday, April 12th, 2021 12:00pm - 1:30pm
    Newburg First Church of God
    260 Newburg Road
    NEWBURG, PA 17240
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  • Service

    Monday, April 12th, 2021 | 1:30pm
    Monday, April 12th, 2021 1:30pm
    Newburg First Church of God
    260 Newburg Road
    NEWBURG, PA 17240
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor Jim Moss
  • Interment

    Pleasant Hall Cemetery
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