Betty Mae Mallman Bender
May 2, 1922 — Sept. 28, 2014
Betty Mae Mallman Bender, 92, died peacefully on Sunday, September 28, 2014. Betty was born on May 2, 1922, in Whitefish Bay, to Olga Mae and Harrison Church Mallman. Betty’s favorite thing was being with her family, especially her three boys. She also loved being outdoors where she liked to hike and bird watch. She enjoyed golf and continued to play throughout her life. She attended Merrill High School in Merrill, and graduated from Washington High School in Milwaukee. She was also a graduate of Waukesha County Technical College, receiving a medical records degree.
Betty had an adventurous side and loved to travel. Later in life, she could often be found crisscrossing Europe and the United States. She was a popular volunteer docent at Old World Wisconsin. For upwards of 15 years, Betty greeted guests, welcoming them to the open-air museum.
In 1945, Betty married the love of her life, Robert E. “Bob” Bender. They made their home in Oconomowoc. In addition to raising their three children, Rick, Randy and Rob, Betty also worked in the retail industry, managing several stores in Oconomowoc throughout her career. Later, Betty worked as a medical records specialist at Watertown Memorial Hospital.
Throughout her life, Betty was a member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Oconomowoc, where she was an active volunteer.
Betty is survived by her sons Richard Bender (Gail) of Ripon, Randall Bender (Silke) of Tucson, Ariz., and Robert (Georganne) Bender of Algonquin, Ill. She is also survived by her sister Ellie Jean Stieg of Crawfordsville, Ind.; four grandchildren, Elizabeth and Sarah Bender, Kathleen Bender DeCandia (Tim), and John Bender; as well as many other relatives and close friends.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Bob; her siblings Lorraine, Reggie, Marion and Harry; and her parents.
Visitation is from 10:00 am to 11:00 am, with services from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm today, October 2, at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 210 Pleasant St., Oconomowoc. Betty will be laid to rest at 2:30 pm at Glenview Memorial Gardens, Ixonia, Wisconsin.
Pagenkopf Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 262-567-4457 or visit www.pagenkopf.com.