Jeanette Irene (Walter) Bender, age 97, passed away Sunday, January 12, 2020 at her residence in Garfield Heights, Ohio.
She was born March 5, 1922, in Cleveland, Ohio to Arthur and Frances (Cooper) Walter.
Jeanette graduated from Garfield Heights High School in Cleveland in the class of 1940. She was the first female athlete of the year.
She was employed as a cook at Nordonia School Systems for 13 years and a secretary at Republic Steel for 3 years.
Jeanette was a member of the First Christian Church of Christ in Alliance, The Elks Auxiliary and the Alliance Senior Center.
Survivors include her sons, Dale (Debbie) Bender of Willoughby, David (Beth) Bender of Lubbock, Texas, and Alan Bender of Garfield Heights; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, Jeanette was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph “Red” Bender whom she married March 9, 1945 and who died June, 17, 2015; and a sister, Marjorie Helfer.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, January 19, 2020 at Cassaday-Turkle-Christian Funeral Home with Sue DeHoff officiating. Friends may call from 1-2 p.m., prior to the service.
Arrangements are by Cassaday-Turkle-Christian Funeral Home 75 S. Union Ave., Alliance, OH 44601. Friends may register online at www.ctcfuneral.com.
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