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Lori Jean Bender

September 5, 1958 February 22, 2019
Lori Jean Bender
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Obituary for Lori Jean Bender

Lori Bender, a longtime resident of Commerce Township, passed away, surrounded by her family and dear friends, on February 22, 2019 at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

From her birth on September 5, 1958, until Friday, Lori became known and was admired for her abiding faith, tender heart, insightful mind and graceful spirit.

Lori Jean Stegeman was born in Detroit, Michigan to parents Ben and Helen Stegeman, and was the youngest of their four children. An outstanding student, Lori developed her keen mind and strong faith at the St. Monica School and Detroit Mercy High School where she graduated with honors in 1976. During the summer preceding her senior year at Mercy, she met the love of her life, Craig Bender, when the two worked together at a pizza restaurant in Lori’s Rosedale Park neighborhood.

A proud Wolverine, Lori graduated from the University of Michigan as a member of the Class of 1980, studying Communications. She had already established herself as a talented business manager (Burroughs Corporation/Sperry/Unisys) when she and Craig married on September 21, 1990. Together they built a beautiful family, with the arrival of their daughter Nicole, a family business, and an array of wonderful family traditions; regularly welcoming so many loved ones to the Bender’s Lake Sherwood home as well as to events and vacations around the country.

Lori treasured family and friends. She is survived by her family; devoted husband and partner for 43 years, Craig Bender and their beloved daughter Nicole; her brother, Steve (Stephanie) Stegeman; her sisters, Kerry (Vic) Muraszewski and Jan (Dave) Beutel; father-in-law, Clyde Bender (the late Olive); sister-in-law, Cindy (Mike Walsh) Barstow; and numerous nieces and nephews, extended family members and loved ones.

A memorial gathering will take place at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty Street in Milford, Michigan on Thursday February 28th from 3:00 to 9:00PM. Memorial Services will be held a Lynch & Sons Funeral Home in Milford on Friday March 1, 2019 at 11AM, with gathering beginning at 10 AM.

For more information call Lynch and Sons, Milford at 248.684.6645.


Previous Events

Visitation

Thursday

28

Feb

3:00 PM 2/28/2019 3:00:00 PM - 9:00 PM 2/28/2019 9:00:00 PM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford

404 E. Liberty Street
Milford, MI 48381

Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford
404 E. Liberty Street Milford 48381 MI
United States

Service

Friday

1

Mar

11:00 AM 3/1/2019 11:00:00 AM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford

404 E. Liberty Street
Milford, MI 48381

Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford
404 E. Liberty Street Milford 48381 MI
United States

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