Rose Letitia (Rotz) Bender, 91, of Newburg, went Home to be with her Lord on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, in the UPMC Carlisle Regional Hospital surrounded by her loving family.
She was born Saturday, Dec. 21, 1929, in Hopewell Township, Cumberland County, to the late Frank Guy and Mildred May (Holtry) Rotz.
Rose was happily married to David A. Bender, celebrating 67 years of marriage before his death on April 13, 2016.
Rose was a longtime member of the Newburg First Church of God, where she served on the Church Council, was a Sunday School teacher in the Children’s Department and was a member of the Women’s Ever Ready Sunday School Class. She also assisted in the Nursery and served on the Hospitality Committee.
After her husband’s retirement as a Logistics Inventory Manager at Letterkenny Army Depot, Rose enjoyed working together with him as custodians at their Church.
In her earlier years, she was a charter member of the former Newburg Dessie Priscilla Rebekah Lodge #100, a member of the Cumberland County Farm Women’s Group #21, and a member of the Shippensburg Senior Citizens Group #1. Additionally, both Rose and her husband took pleasure in volunteering at the Shippensburg Fair Craft Building.
Rose was primarily a homemaker who enjoyed traveling, bowling, ceramics, sewing and crafts; but her lifetime devotion was her loving husband and her family.
She is survived by five children, Sharon L. (D. Alan) Mathna, Chambersburg, Sandra J. Weibley, Carlisle, Robert D. (Tammy) Bender, Newburg, Larry E. Bender, Carlisle, and Stephen L. Bender (partner, Kelli Bowermaster), Shippensburg; two sisters, Helen M. Burkholder and Edith D. (Lester) Kitzmiller, both of Newburg; grandchildren, Nicole (Jeremy) Rhone, Jared Weibley (fiancée, Elizabeth Babinsack), Erika (David) Tase, Katlynn Bender, Kelly Bender (fiancé, Devon O’Leary), Madeline Bender, Zoe Bender, and Kara Bowermaster; great-granddaughters, Hailey Tase, Karissa Krause (fiancé, Scott Kleinfelter) and Bridget Harfst; sisters-in-law, Betty M. Rotz and Pauline B. Bender; brother-in-law, Harold M. “Milt” Bender; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one daughter, Joyce Ann Bender; two brothers, Melvin C. Rotz and Dana H. Rotz; three sisters, Minerva A. Culbertson, Ardella E. Rotz and Mildred M. Daihl; and son-in-law, Robert J. Weibley Jr.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, April 12, 2021, in the Newburg First Church of God, with Pastor James W. Moss Jr. officiating.
A viewing will be held from noon until the time of the service Monday at the church.
Burial will be in the Pleasant Hall Cemetery, Pleasant Hall, Pennsylvania.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Newburg First Church of God, 260 Newburg Road, Newburg, Pa. 17240.
Online condolences may be expressed at: www.fogelsanger-brickerfuneralhome.com.