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Colleen Ann (O'Donnell) Bender

Born: Tue., Mar. 10, 1942
Died: Sat., Jun. 22, 2019

Family to do services at later date

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Florence - Colleen Ann O'Donnell Bittler Bender of Florence, passed away June 22, 2019 at the Living Centre in Stevensville. She was born March 10,in Conneaut, OH the daughter of the late Vincent and Jane Russell O'Donnell. · Colleen was raised in Conneaut and graduated from Rowe High School in 1960. She graduated in 1963 from Erie Business College and was married to Zale. Bender, Jr. on March 7, 1964. Colleen was a lady with a wide variety of talents. They varied from homemaker, secretary, sawmill worker, homesteader, master crafter and mother while being all the above. She enjoyed family, carmping, audio books, and crafts of all kinds. Colleen is survived by her husband Zale of Florence, two daughters, Kimberly (partner Scott) of Coeur d' Alene, Id, Becky of Missoula and a son Jason (wife Natalie) of Florence, five grandsons, Cody, Casey, John, Jeremy and Zale1 and her favorite granddaughter, Lily. She is also survived by her step- brother, George Bittler(wife Cathy) of Broomfield, CO and her very close sister, Sue Waits(husband Ron) of Longmont, CO. Cremation has taken place and a celebration of life will be planned at a later chosen date. The family would like to thank the entire staff and management at the Stevensville Living Centre for the loving care provided to Colleen during her residence there.

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Sharon Reiter
   Posted Wed June 26, 2019
I was sorry to learn of Colleen's passing. We had several summers of fun with the Bender family at various pony club functions. They are certainly fond, fond memories.

I know you have many happy memories of your mom and wife.

Sincerely, Sharon Reiter

Steve Haas
   Posted Wed June 26, 2019
Zale; I am so sorry to read about the passing of Colleen in the Missoulian. I was really shocked. My condolence and prayers are with you and your family at this time of sorry. Your Friend Steve Haas

   Posted Fri June 28, 2019
All I can say is that I will NEVER forget such a unique and amazing woman. It was an honor to know her and I will never forget the thrill of making Colleen laugh! Zale, Becky, and all of Colleen's family, please know how much she is missed. And know that I can still hear her laugh at me every time I bump into a door jam or spill a soda, or trip over my own feet. So very sorry for your loss. --Caroline

Jeff Webber
   Posted Tue July 02, 2019
I was informed today by our friend Sid of Colleen’s passing. You and Colleen were one of the first families that Susie and I got to know when we came to Bonner many decades ago. Our condolences to you and your family.
- Jeff Webber

Sid & Brenda Brown
   Posted Tue July 02, 2019
Zale & Family,

We want to express our Sincere Sympathy at this most difficult time for You and Your Family! Please take comfort that your wife/mother/grandmother is resting peacefully in a most precious and beautiful place!

Sid & Brenda Brown

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