Emma I.A. Bender

Turner, Michigan
May 23, 1927 - January 29, 2017


Visitation for Emma will take place 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, February 2, 2017 at Buresh Funeral Home, 15 West Maple Ridge Road, Twining, Michigan 48766.

Service Location

Faith Lutheran Church, 5315 Henderson Lake Road, Prescott, Michigan 48756


Funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. (in state 10:00 a.m.) Friday, February 3, 2017 at Faith Lutheran Church, 5315 Henderson Lake Road, Prescott, Michigan 48756 with Reverend Daniel Jansen officiating. Interment will follow in Cedar Valley Cemetery.

Obituary Notice

Emma Ida Amalia Bender was called home to be with her Lord and Savior on January 29, 2017. Emma lived a long healthy 89-year life and passed peacefully at her home in Turner, MI. The daughter of Conrad and Katherine (Trump) Grueber, Emma was granted the gift of life on May 23, 1927 in Frankenmuth, MI. She became the beloved wife of Harley Bender on May 27, 1948 at St. Lorenz Lutheran Church in Frankenmuth. Religion was a very important part of Emma’s life, as a devout member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Reese, prior to moving to the home they built in Turner in 1976. Where she became, an active member, serving on many committees and boards at Faith Lutheran Church in Prescott.

Emma was a loving mother who is survived by her 4 sons, Kenneth (Karen) Bender of Twining, Dennis (Diana) Bender of Alger, Garland Bender of Turner, and David (Jan) Bender of Turner. She was the adored and cherished grandmother to her 13 grandchildren, Holly (Chris) Shillair, Albert (Katie) Bender, Jared Bender, Desiree Thomas, Amelia Bender, Chad (Mallory) Bender, Steven Bender, Derek Bender, Melanie Bender, John (Jessica) Bender, Brittany Bender, Wyatt Bender, and Riley Bender. Who will continue to pass on her love of cooking, gardening, and flowers to the 17 great grandchildren who treasured her. She will be missed by her sisters in law, Dorothy Stange of Spruce, Katherine Bender of Saginaw, Margaret Grueber of Saginaw, along with her many nieces and nephews.
Emma was predeceased by her parents, her husband Harley, her brothers and sisters Walter Grueber, Herbert Grueber, Laura Palmreuter, and Hulda Hetzner. Her brothers and sisters in law Clarence Bender, Emory Rupp, Norman Stange, Otto Palmreuter, Rudy Hetzner, Betty Rupp, Martha Grueber, and Hilda Grueber.

Visitation for Emma Bender will take place on Thursday, February 2, 2017 from 2:00 to 8:00pm at Buresh Funeral Home, 15 West Maple Ridge Road, Twining, MI 48766. Funeral service will be held on Friday, February 3, 2017 at 11:00am (in state 10:00am) at Faith Lutheran Church, 5315 Henderson Lake Road, Prescott, MI 48756 officiated by Reverend Daniel Jansen. The committal will follow at the church with a luncheon. A brief internment burial at Cedar Valley Cemetery will take place after the luncheon.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Faith Lutheran Church Building Fund, The Lutheran Hour, or the wishes of the family. Online condolences may be offered at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com


Faith Lutheran Church Building Fund

The Lutheran Hour

Wishes of the Family


Cedar Valley Cemetery, Twining, Michigan


Great memories will be cherished forever of times spent with Aunt Emma and family. She was a beautiful, caring, lady who shared her excellent baking/cooking skills and also her selfless ability to serve many others in the church community.
— Judy Ann Goodman (nee Stange) - Tucson AZ
I can say without a doubt Mom was the best mother-in-law that I could ever have. She always treated me as her daughter and not an in-law. If every woman on this earth could have a mother-in-law like Emma Bender, they would be surely blessed. We could never leave her house after a visit without being loaded up with goodies, canned fruit, and magazines. I am going to miss her greatly, I have been truly blessed with knowing and being loved by her for almost 30 years.
— Diana Bender
Have always cherished the memories growing up next door to Aunt Emma and Uncle Harley. All our Aunts and Uncles were like second parents to us. Remember all her baking and making pretzels in the basement. Her cakes were always the best. She was always a caring and loving person and you could see God working in her. Continue to pray for all the family during this difficult time.
— Edna Bender Woolwine
When GOD Created Emma, the mold was broken. She was so very kind all of the time and loved it when I brought my boys around for Halloween. She would always take their picture then send it to me. :) Emma was a one of a kind sweetheart. She gave meaning to the words a TRUE LADY. May God Bless the families and friends in their time of loss.
— Dory Tressler

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