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Laura Bender was born on February 2, 1924 to Henry and Anna Marie (Magstadt) Gimbel in rural Scotland, South Dakota. On February 10, 1946, she was united in marriage to Eugene Bender in Scotland. Together they made their home on a farm 16 miles south of Gregory. She was a devoted farmwife. She milked cows, raised chickens, and in 1946, she even helped Eugene move a windmill from one hill to another. In the winter of 1946, they moved to southwest of Tripp and lived there for 5 years before permanently settling on their farm in rural Scotland. In 1997, a short time after Eugene’s passing, Laura moved into Scotland. She was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church in Scotland. She served as a pianist for the congregation and as a member of the Gideon’s Auxiliary. She was also a member of the V.F.W. Auxiliary in Scotland. At the age of 59, she began her first ever paying job at Gurney’s. She went on to work at the Good Samaritan Society of Scotland. Many remember her as an active neighbor in the community and for her delicious homemade noodles.
Laura passed away on Thursday, October 20, 2016 at St. Benedict Hospital in Parkston having attained the age of 92 years, 8 months, and 18 days.
Laura is survived and remembered by her children: LeRoy (Rosemary) Bender of Scotland and Shirley (Eldon) Pust of Appleton, MN; nine grandchildren; twenty-five great-grandchildren; and her sisters-in-law: Martha Gimbel of Scotland, Adeline Bender of Winner, and Martha Bender of Marshfield, WI.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1995, her parents, great-granddaughter Kendall White, sisters: Anna Hoffmann, Ella Paulson, Clara Nachtigal, and brothers: Albert Gimbel, infant Adolf Gimbel, and John Gimbel.
LeRoy & Shirley, I am sorry to hear of your mother's passing. I enjoyed visiting with her when I would go to the Good Samaritan Home to see my mother. She was always such a friendly & positive lady. My thoughts & prayers are with your family.
Eileen (Mach) Johnson Oct 24 2016 4:02 PM
Prayers and thoughts to all of Laura's family. She was a wonderful lady had many many conversations with her when neighbor Sylvia Sedlacek and I would go and get milk and cream once a week from Laura. It made great homemade ice cream. We would visit forever. She was so sweet. Always enjoyed our weekly conversations. She will be missed by many..
Joe and Jane Sedlacek Oct 24 2016 9:46 AM
Bender Family, So sorry to hear of Laura's passing. She was always so nice & great to visit with her. Always loved seeing her at the nursing home while Norman was there. Cherish the wonderful memories and let them comfort you in this time of great loss.
Suurmeier Family Oct 24 2016 9:30 AM
I had the great pleasure of calling you grandma while I lived with rosemary and Leroy. Your a very special lady that I cherished. Milking the cows was one of my favorite things to do. You'll truly be missed grandma. Love always and forever Melody
MelDawn Nelson Oct 23 2016 9:19 PM
Dear Shirley and Leroy I will always remember your mother as such a kind and good person. Your family was a joy to be around. From many decades ago(4H years) until only a few years back - every conversation with her was a positive - and she was so thankful for all of you. Caryl Hebbert Abbott
Caryl Hebbert Abbott Oct 23 2016 10:40 AM