Leona Bender June 5, 1920 – Nov. 9, 2017


Leona Bender

Leona Bender, age 97, died Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 at St. Luke’s Unity Point Hospital, Cedar Rapids following a brief illness. 

Funeral services will be held 11:00 Wednesday morning, Nov. 15, 2017 at the Goettsch Funeral Home, Monticello. Friends may call after 9:30 Wednesday morning at the funeral home.   Interment will be in the Cedar Memorial Cemetery, Cedar Rapids.   Pastor Dave Raemisch will officiate the service. 

Leona is survived by her daughter, Betty Wurster, Cedar Rapids, a granddaughter Laurie (Eric) Wurster, Janesville, Wis., a step-son James D. Bender, Sun City, Ariz., two sisters, Betty (Norman) Hinrichs and Mildred Hinrichs both of Monticello, and one brother, Ray (Lorna) Rieniets of Marion.  She was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, a brother, Paul Rieniets and a sister, Kathleen Streeper.  

Leona Margaret Rieniets was born June 5, 1920 in Richland Township, Jones County.    She was the daughter of Gerhard and Margaret Guyan Rieniets.  Leona received her early education in Richland Township, School #4.    She graduated from the Monticello Community Schools with the class of 1938. 

Leona Rieniets and Kenneth Brandt were married April 29, 1939 at the First Baptist Church, Waterloo.  The couple lived in Waterloo where Leona was a bookkeeper and clerk at the Red Cross Drug Store.  The couple moved to Springville in 1961. Kenneth died unexpectedly on November 26, 1962.   Leona worked at both grocery stores in Springville before she became a clerk at the Springville Post Office in 1964.  She was appointed as Post Master in 1975.  She retired from the Post Office in 1983. 

Leona married James Bender on March 8, 1983 at the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Scottsdale, Ariz.  The couple lived in Monticello and spent many winters in Arizona.   Jim preceded her in death on August 30, 2005.   Her faith and her family were the most important things in her life. 

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