Michael J. Bender

Died: Mon., Jun. 6, 2011


3:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Jun. 10, 2011
Location: Kendall Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Jun. 11, 2011
Location: Boscobel High School Gymnasiunm

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Michael J. Bender,age 49 of Woodman, passed away on Monday June 6, 2011 at St. Mary' Hospital in Rochester Minnesota. He was born on August 27, 1961 in Boscobel Wisconsin.   The son of Virgil and Betty (Achenbach) Bender. He married Connie Nachtigal on June 8, 1985 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Boscobel. He worked for Curwood  Industries in Boscobel, as the ink room  manager. He is survived by his wife Connie Bender of Woodman, Two sons Aaron Bender of Woodman, Andrew Bender of Woodman. A daughter Cera Bender of Woodman. His mother Betty Bender of Woodman. One brother John (Ruby) Bender of Woodman. Father and Mother in Laws: Edward and Patricia Nachtigal of Blue River. A sister in law: Joanne Govier of Lancaster. A Brother and Sister  in Law: Steven and Mary Nachtigal of Soldiers Grove, along with several Nieces and Nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Virgil Bender along with three brothers: Jim, Joe and Mark Bender. One sister Barbara Bender.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday June 11, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. at the Boscobel High School Gymnasium in Boscobel Wisconsin.  Pastor Mark Dieter officiating. Burial in the Czech  National Cemetery in Yuba  Wisconsin. Friends may call on Friday June 10, 2011 from 3:00 -8:00 P.M. at the Kendall Funeral Home in Boscobel and at the School on Saturday from 10:00 A.M. until the time of Service. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the HLH Foundation at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester Mn. On line condolence may be sent to www.kendallfuneralservice.com

Charitable donations may be made in Michael's memory to the following organization:

Mayo Clinic Auto-Immune Disease Research Area
200 First Street S.W. Rochester Mn. 55905

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Robin and Vicky Mezera
   Posted Tue June 07, 2011
You have our deepest sympathy on Mike''s passing. Mike works with Rob over at Curwood and I was at alot of ball games when you were all in Eastman/Wauzeka. There are no words to express how terribly sorry we are.

Robin and Vicky Mezera
Donnie and Mandi

Sarah Ashmore-Oler
   Posted Wed June 08, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Jessica Colson
   Posted Wed June 08, 2011
I will always have so many great memories of Mike. He was an amazing man and touched so many lives. He will be greatly missed by many people. I''m so very sorry for your loss.

Beth Rock,RN,BSN,OCN
   Posted Wed June 08, 2011
I am so sorry about the passing of Michael. Though I met him and his family so briefly in the hospital, I could tell there was much love and support. You are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. May memories of Michael soften the loss you must be feeling at this time and in the future. Sincerely, Beth Rock

MaryBeth & Brian Gerhards
   Posted Wed June 08, 2011
Brian and I were very saddened to hear about Mike. We had a lot of good times together when he worked at Les Mack and afterwards. We will always be grateful for the memories.

Vicki France
   Posted Wed June 08, 2011
Mike was a high school classmate and although our paths never much crossed I can still see his young smiling face. Rest in peace Mike and perhaps our paths will cross in Heaven later, I''m sure you''ll still have that wonderful smile. I hope your family remains strong and tight and will no doubt see you again in their next adventure after this earthly one.

Pastor Mark DeLap
   Posted Wed June 08, 2011
I will always remember his infectious laugh, his passion for God and his intense love for his family. He also introduced many words to the English language, such as "doofy-balls". He could always make me smile - and was the kind of man that when you were with him, he made you feel as if you''d hung the moon. He will be missed, and am looking forward to seeing that incredible smile again in Heaven. Our prayers go out to his family today.


Andy, Vicki, Lauren and Connor Nahas
   Posted Wed June 08, 2011
It was with unbelievable regret and sympathy to hear of the passing of Mike. Unfathomable. His addicting smile and positive attitude I''ll never forget. It was always a joy to visit with him, such a great guy. He will be deeply missed. It is with heartfelt sorry to hear of your (and our) loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Bill & Mary Allen
   Posted Wed June 08, 2011
Connie and Family: How lucky you all were to have been the center of Mike''s life and to have had him the same. We will continue to "Have Big Faith" and "Pray Hard" for all that are in need of such all in the rememberance of Mike as we do feel he will help guide us all to our lord jesus christ, in the name of the father and son and holy ghost, if we just believe. We know God is going to keep Mike very busy and he will just smile being so proud to do his work. It has been said before but can''t be said too many times.....What an amazing man Mike was. Your love for Mike and each other and the lord will get you through this.....HAVE BIG FAITH....AND YOU KNOW THE REST.

David Ferrel
   Posted Wed June 08, 2011
My Deepest Sympathy To the Family of Mike Bender. I will alway''s cherish the Memories of Mike and I had as we spent many evening''s at the Softball field''s . and he was the only one had countinued to call me Davy even many years after we Graduated . He was a great man with a sense of humor,and will be truely Missed . May God be with you at this difficult time.

Melissa (Adams) Walsh
   Posted Wed June 08, 2011
I''m so sorry to hear about Mike''s passing. He was a wonderful man. I worked with him at Les Mack and we had many wonderful conversations about things important to us...family, friends, and our faith. He always looked out for me like a "dad" and was just a great person. He may be gone, but you''ll always have wonderful memories. Heaven just got a great angel...I''m sure he''s up there watching over his loved ones now.

Kayla (Daugherty) Gosh
   Posted Wed June 08, 2011
I am so sorry to hear of Mike''''s passing. Please accept my deepest sympathies during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with the whole family.

Kathryn and Bruce Pittsley
   Posted Wed June 08, 2011
Dear Connie, We are thinking about you! Brenda called us last night, its hard to believe. I will always remember his sense of humor and how he always made everyone feel at ease (a real gift). And his love for our Lord... Our prayers are with you and your children.

Leslie Harris
   Posted Thu June 09, 2011
I am heartbroken to hear the sad news and am so sorry for your loss. I wish you peace.

Janice Faulkner
   Posted Thu June 09, 2011
So sorry to hear about Mike! He was a classmate of mine, & a very nice person. You all have my Deepest Sympathies. He will be missed, but always remembered....My Thoughts & Prayers Are With Your Whole Family!

Mike and Michelle Malloy and sons
   Posted Thu June 09, 2011
Connie, Cera, Aaron and Andrew,
We are so very sorry to hear about Mike passing away. He was a wonderful person. He had so much heart and caring for everyone. He was and will remain a positive force for those of us lucky enough to have been touched by his infectious laughter and his ability to always see the positive. Our love and prayers go out to you. May you feel God''s embrace at this difficult time.

Lori (McDowell) Krug
   Posted Thu June 09, 2011
Mike was a high school classmate of mine. I remember Mike as always being a very kind, gentle person. He would never speak negatively of anyone - a very kind man from a very young age into adulthood. Please know that you have my deepest sympathy in your loss.

God bless you, Mike - may your journey to heaven and your reunion with your family be glorious.

Nora Schauer
   Posted Thu June 09, 2011
I didn''t know Mike that well, but what I did know he seemed like a very compassionate man. My heartfelt prayers are with you Connie and your family. God be with you during this time of grief.
I am Surae''s mother.

Lori (McDowell) Krug
   Posted Fri June 10, 2011
To the family of Mike, I am truly sorry for your loss. Mike was a high school classmate of mine. While I haven''t had interactions with Mike over the years, I will always remember his kindness. He was always very soft spoken, had an easy smile, and never engaged in the social "games" that many times can happen in high school. He was kind to everyone. God bless you, Mike, as you journey home to meet with your Lord and Savior and those who have gone before you. Thanks for the memories.

Tracy Atkinson
   Posted Fri June 10, 2011
Our family is profoundly saddened by the loss of Mike Bender to his family and to our community. I don''''t think I ever saw Mike without a smile on his face. His warmth, his humor, his geniune feelings for others will never be forgotten. The things I am hearing people across this community expressing regarding Mike''''s passing are things all of us would hope to be said about ourselves someday. The way he lived his life truly represented the things that are actually important in this world....dedication to family, to children, to community....symbolic of Christian principals. God''''s blessings, peace and comfort all of you...Connie, Cera, Aaron, Andrew and Betty.

Monte and Sandy
   Posted Fri June 10, 2011
I wanted to extend how truely Blessed we are for being able to be with your family through the years. We shared Laughs, Anger, Tears and Love for Life. We are HONORED that you call us part of your Family. Mike always knew how loved he was and what a GREAT family he has. You stayed by his side through this rollercoster ride and never gave up. I am so PROUD to know the MIKE BENDER FAMILY, PEACE...

Derrick & Mary Schuman
   Posted Fri June 10, 2011
Ours hearts reach out to Connie, Aaron, Andrew, and Cera. Mike is a man that touched so many lives in such a positive way. We can remember the laughs and the smiles and the good times until we meet again.

Steve and Deb Mullins
   Posted Fri June 10, 2011
Deb and I are shocked and very saddened by Mikes passing. We both worked with him at the Boscobel plant. He was always, and I mean always a joy to be around. A great smile (or smirk) to go along with a great sense of humor as well as being a very valuable coworker. We''''ve both got fond memories of him and even remember a good joke or two he told. He cared so much about doing things right and not letting people down that the one time I had to have a talk with him about something he''''d worked on that wasn''''t quite right, I couldn''''t get more serious than to tell him "Mike, just pretend I''''m yelling at you". I knew he already felt bad enough about whatever it was. He''''ll be missed, has always been in our memories, and the world is a little less bright without him. Our hearts go out to his family and friends, who he cared about so much.

Dennis and Cheryl Ahnen
   Posted Fri June 10, 2011
Connie and family, please know we are thinking of you in this difficult time. Mike was a good friend and that smile will always be in my fondest memories. He will be missed, but rest assurred he is by your side and in your heart forever.

paul hernandez
   Posted Fri June 10, 2011

Lori Hetue
   Posted Sat June 11, 2011
So sorry to hear of your loss. In the breif time I met Mike and his wife Connine and provided patient care for Mike, I could tell what a loving family you were. May the memories you have carry through this difficult time. With deepest sympathy.
Lori Hetue RN BSN
4th medical / oncology

Joshua and Delores Wiser
   Posted Mon June 13, 2011
Mike will be greatly missed, i know we will miss his laugh and that smile. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of his family and friends. He was a very great man to know. We are glad that we have gotten the chance to know him.

Joanna Robinson
   Posted Tue June 14, 2011
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I had the opportunity to provide care for Mike while he was in the hospital. Though I did not know Connie and Mike that well, I could tell that there was a lot of love between them and there family. My thoughts and prayers are with you Mike and our family. Keep smiling Mike.
Joanna Robinson CNA
6 West/ Cardio Pulmonary
Gundersen Luthrean

Rev. Jim Griffis
   Posted Sat June 25, 2011
I am in Colorado and just found out about Mike. When I was around Mike in the 1990s, he was a man of God, a wonderful friend. He always had a smile on his face, a prayer on his lips and a hug in his hands. Now he is singing the Praises where it really counts up in Heaven wth his Lord, Jesus Christ. No words can help you Connie and family for your loss. Sorry.

Maribeth Stivers
   Posted Sun July 10, 2011
Oh Connie and everyone I just found out about Mike this weekend-my heart is breaking for you all. We know he is in a better place and that we will see him again, however, we would like him here.

My love to all.


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