Marilyn Ruth (Osterstrom) Bender, 84, passed away June 23, 2013, in her home in Effort, Pa., surrounded by her family.
Born in Jamestown, N.Y., on June 23, 1929, to the late Ruth (Newman) and Parker Osterstrom, she was the wife of Theodore Bender Sr. for 62 years, who preceded her in death in 2011. Marilyn was also preceded in death by her son, Theodore Jr. in 2004.
She is survived by two daughters: Christine Miller, Central Florida, and Jay Rungo and husband, Daniel Jr., Effort, Pa.; daughter-in-law, Jeannine Bender, St. Petersburg, Fla.; five grandchildren: Lauren Griffin and Kaitlin Miller, Central Florida, Andrea Shaffer, St. Petersburg, Fla., Dylan and Olivia Rungo, Effort, Pa.; one great-granddaughter, Leah Griffin, Central Florida; and soon to be great-granddaughter, Raegan Shaffer, St. Petersburg, Fla.; two brothers: Don Osterstrom and wife, Barbara, Irvine, Calif., and Bill Osterstrom and wife Joyce, Hockessin, Del.; sister-in-law, Eula Bender, Wisconsin; and many lov-ing cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Marilyn graduated from Jamestown High School in 1947, then moved to Cen-tral Florida in 1957, where she resided with her husband and children for 48 years. Her primary career was in retail as regional personnel manager for Jordan Marsh, Maas Brothers/ Burdines Federated stores for more than 30 years. Soon after retiring, missing the joy of working with people, she began a second phase of employment working with companies including L'Oreal Charter First Funding and Pulte Home Builder until age 76. Marilyn and Ted then moved to New Jersey in 2005 and finally settled to the Pennsylvania Poconos in 2010.
Her passions in life also included traveling, planting gardening, the beach, shopping, singing and going to church. Most of all, she adored the wit, whimsy, and innocence of all babies and children.
Marilyn learned easily in life that people mattered, that every detail of their lives and family made them who they are, and was genuinely interested and invested in her many friends and family members throughout her life.
A memorial service date to be determined, will be held at Succasunna United Methodist Church, 91 Main St., Succasunna, N.J.
Marilyn's final resting place will be with her hus-band and son in the Garden of the Good Shepard Church by the sea, Maidera Beach, Fla.
Kresge Funeral Home, 1763 Route 209 Brod-headsville, PA, is in charge of arrangements. www.kresgefuneralhome.com.