She was born Aug. 18, 1945, in Klagenfurt, Austria to Wilhelm and Anna (Liske) Lange. On Feb. 3, 1968, she married Richard Bender at the Bethany Church of the Brethren.
A teacher at Milford Elementary School for 18 years, Mrs. Bender enjoyed traveling to Europe, especially Austria and Germany. She also enjoyed flower gardening and cooking. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren brought her immense joy.
He survives along with three daughters: Jennifer Bender, Syracuse; Julie (Brandon) Blosser, Nappanee; and Stephanie (Ben) Brown, Indianapolis; three grandchildren: Justine (David) Roe, Noah Blosser and Nora Brown; two great-grandsons: Jett and Asher Roe; a sister: Helen (Don A.)Troyer, Milford; and a brother: Gene Lange, Syracuse.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sons: Richard and Jason Ray Bender; a brother: George Lange; and a sister: Lola Eisenhour.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 5, at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, at Bethany Church of the Brethren, New Paris. Pastors Tim Sollenberger Morphew and Norm Reimer will officiate. In accordance with Anni’s wishes, cremation will take place at Yoder-Culp Crematory.
Memorial contributions may be made to Riley Children’s Foundation.