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Elsie Bender

Elsie Katherine Bender (Waldbauer)

Saturday, December 3, 1927 - Saturday, August 15, 2020
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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Elsie Bender, beloved mother, grandmother and sister. Elsie Bender passed away peacefully to be with her Lord and Saviour on Saturday, August 15, 2020, at the age of 92 years.

Elsie was born on a farm near Killaly, Saskatchewan, on December 3, 1927, to Herman and Sophie (nee Schick) Waldbauer. She was one of 10 children (two of whom died as infants). She was baptized into the Christian faith on January 8, 1928, and confirmed her faith on December 7, 1941. Elsie married Alfred Bender in 1951 and lived in Neudorf, Saskatchewan, until 2014 when she moved to Caleb Village in Melville. In spring of 2020, she moved for a short time to Helping Hands in Melville, and then in June of 2020, she moved to the Langenburg Centennial Special Care Home where she passed away.

Elsie was a great cook, baker and homemaker, and cared wonderfully for her family who always came first in her life. She had a huge vegetable garden and spent many early mornings in her garden. She spent hours canning and preserving vegetables and fruit of all kinds, making pickles, jams, jellies and homemade ketchup. We kids loved her homemade ketchup. Elsie was very involved in the Christ Lutheran Church ladies’ groups and also in later years with the Neudorf Golden Sunset Club. She loved spending time with her friends, playing cards and bingo and visiting in the coffee shop. Elsie was a fun-loving and very social lady. We always knew that if she didn’t answer her phone, it was because she was out socializing.

In the last few years, Elsie slowed down a bit when she broke her hip and then dealt with increasingly poor eyesight. What didn’t change right to the end was her sense of humour and quiet, uncomplaining manner, regardless of her circumstances.

Elsie is survived by her loving children: daughter Marlene (Garry); son Merv (Vicki), their children Kyle (Linda), Justin (Shari) and their daughter Avery; son Byron; and daughter Daphne. She is also survived by one sister, Kathleen, of Melville, Saskatchewan, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Alfred; parents Herman and Sophie (nee Schick) Waldbauer; brothers Edward and John; sisters Ida, Evelyn, Doreen and Bernice; infant siblings Albert and Janet; as well as nephews Myron, Terry, Garry, Kelly, Wayne, Glen and Blaine.

A huge “Thank You” to our sister Daphne, from Marlene, Merv and Byron, for the selfless and loving care you provided to Mom. You gave up your Mondays off for many years and spent countless hours taking care of Mom’s needs at the expense of your own needs. She loved seeing you and knew she could rely on you to drop everything and drive for at least an hour to be with her.

Thank you to the staff of Melville Home Care, Caleb Village, Helping Hands and Langenburg Care Home for taking such loving care of our mom and grandma, and also to Dr. E for his special and attentive care for Mom over many years!

Thank you also to her “adopted” family, Jim and Marilyn Hoehn and their children, Jill, Page and Drew, for whom she provided childcare for several years, for their love and attention to Mom over the years.

We love you, Mom and Grandma, and will miss you terribly. Rest safe in the arms of Jesus!
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    Friday, August 21, 2020 |
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    Christ Lutheran Cemetery, Neudorf
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    The graveside service is private for immediate family members.


Donations are being accepted for: Christ Lutheran Church.


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Lorraine Ulmer

Posted at 12:23pm
Mervin, Marlene, Byron, Daphne and family,
My condolences on the loss of Elsie. I always enjoyed seeing her when I would go home to Neudorf. She always had a great smile and a twinkle in her eye and she would always fill me in on what you were all doing. A wonderful woman with a great humour will certainly be missed by all her family and friends but what lovely memories remain.
In Sympathy,
Abby Ulmer

Daphne Bender Posted at 04:48pm

Abby, thank you for sharing your memories of Mom. It was heart-warming to receive your sympathies. We pray all is well for you. Daphne ( on behalf of Marlene, Merv, and Byron)

Barbara Waldbauer

Posted at 09:11pm
My deepest sympathy to all of you . I truly enjoyed Elsie's company and her "dry "sense of humor . I recall the time we ( Wayne and I)
took her to Calgary for Marlene's wedding . She certainly loved to visit , and was always excited when I dropped in at Caleb. God Bless each of you.

Daphne Bender Posted at 04:35pm

Barb, thank you for your sympathy for us when Mom passed away. She always told me when you had visited. It meant a lot to her. Daphne

Ron & Shirley Armbruster

Posted at 06:26pm
Your mother was a fine lady. We remember her always having a smile. We have many memories of times in Neudorf. May many treasured memories be of comfort to all of you.

Daphne Bender Posted at 04:44pm

Thank you Ron and Shirley. Your memories of Mom and her smile made us smile! Take care, Daphne (on behalf of Marlene, Merv, and Byron)

Diane Schweitzer

Posted at 05:57pm
Byron, Marlene, Merv, Daphne & Families,

We were very saddened to hear of your Mom’s/Grandmother’s passing. Our prayers are with all of you. May God comfort each of you as you mourn her loss. God Bless!

With Deepest Sympathy,
Diane & Elsie Schweitzer

Daphne Bender Posted at 04:39pm

Diane and Elsie, it was so heart-warming to read your message of condolence when Mom passed away. I immediately thought of seeing you at Mom’s 90th birthday. It’s special to have friends for a lifetime. Take care, Daphne (on behalf of Marlene, Merv, and Byron

Lorne & Ruth Naherney

Posted at 07:09pm
As a family you were privileged to have such a special lady for your mom. You will have many great memories of fun times shared and she will always be near in your thoughts. May God bless you all in these days of loss. Sincere sympathy, Ruth & Lorne Naherney

Daphne Bender Posted at 04:41pm

Lorne and Ruth, thank you for remembering us when Mom passed away. Just knowing that we were in your thoughts was great comfort. Daphne

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