Jerry Bender

Jerry Bender, 71, Lilly, died Wednesday at UPMC Montefiore, Pittsburgh.

He was born in Lilly, son of the late Norman and Madalene (Davis) Bender. He married Cheryl Summers on July 24, 1965, at St. Joseph’s Church, Portage.

Surviving are his wife; four children: Jerry Jr. (Tammy Weimer) of Greencastle, Brian (Michele Sardineer) and Kelly (Fe Traquena), both of Pittsburgh, and Sherry Lynn (Paul) Gates of Lilly; eight grandchildren: A.J., Abby and Cara Bender, Brittinie Bender, Derrick, Michael and Nicole Bender and Nathan Gates; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers: Robert and William; and a sister, Elizabeth Ann Maloney.

Jerry retired from Bon Secours Hospital as a technician in the receiving and supply department. He was a member of Our Lady of the Alleghenies Roman Catholic Church, Lilly; Knights of Columbus, Lilly Council; and Bavarian Aid Society, Altoona. He was an avid bowler and enjoyed spending time with his family.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today at Charles M. Kennedy Funeral Home, Cresson, where a vigil prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, at Our Lady of the Alleghenies Church, Monsignor John R. Sasway as celebrant. Committal will be at St. Brigid’s Cemetery.