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Arlene A. Bender

ARLENE A. BENDER (nee Strass) age 94, beloved wife of the late Frank; loving mother of Jerry (wife Janet), Jim (wife Oksana), and Cindy Gaizutis (husband Peter); devoted grandmother of Jennifer Woznicki (husband Ben), Erik Gaizutis, Christopher, Allison, Jeffrey and great-grandmother of Norah Woznicki; cherished daughter of the late Leo and Alice (nee Molle) Strass; dearest sister of the late Leonard Strass and half-brothers Robert and Kenneth Collins; dear aunt and great-aunt of many.

Most of Arlene’s working career was spent with the National Labor Relations Board in Cleveland as a receptionist and secretary. She loved the people she worked with, but her life’s work was her family. She was a dedicated, loving, caring and compassionate wife and mother. As her life went on, she extended that dedication, love, caring and compassion to her grandchildren and great-grandchild. She also loved her friends, and loved hearing their stories.

She was devoted to her Catholic faith and was a founding member of Saint Paschal Baylon Parish. Outside of her family and friends, she found pleasure in collecting recipes and watching cooking shows on television. She had a positive outlook on life. Her family describes her as a people person, loving, fashionable, and always talkative. Arlene will be dearly missed by all.

Mass of Christian Burial Friday, February 15, 2019 at St. Paschal Baylon Catholic Church at 10AM. Burial following at All Souls Cemetery. Family will receive friends to pay tribute to and celebrate the life of Arlene at THE DeJOHN-FLYNN-MYLOTT FUNERAL HOME OF WILLOUGHBY HILLS, 28890 CHARDON ROAD (between Bishop Rd. and Rt. 91) THURSDAY 3-5 & 6-8 PM.

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  1. I worked with Arlene at the NLRB for many years. She was a delightful person , who was always interested in what I was doing and what my family was into. She was one of the highlights of coming to work at the Board. She will be missed.
    My condolences, Terry Koozer

  2. I know how much Arlene was loved by her family and I am so glad she got to meet baby Norah. The pictures of Jennifer and Norah together with her are warm and loving. I know she will be missed. I am so sorry for your loss.

  3. Hi Terry,
    My mom loved you all. That’s why I had to include a couple of photos of the NLRB in her video tribute. The family appreciates your kind words and heartfelt thoughts. Jerry Bender

  4. Elaine Bender Braddock:
    So sry to hear. And equally sorry we didn’t have much time together.

  5. Pat Snyder Hurley

    Arlene was always a warm and welcoming presence when I worked with her at the NLRB back mostly through the ’80s. So easy to get along with and such a help! Lovely to see what a wonderful family life she had outside the office, too.

  6. Sandy (Basta) Tyler

    My memories of your Mom and Trebisky Road are so dear to me. Mrs. Bender was always so welcoming and loving to all in our neighborhood. God bless you Cindy and the Bender family. I could not have wished to live and grow up with a more loving family.

  7. Frederick J Calatrello

    Like others who have left condolences I also had the happy experience of working with Arlene for many years at the NLRB. She was a happy and wonderful colleague who had kind words for everyone in our office. She will be missed by not only her family but by all who had the privilege of knowing her.

  8. I worked with Arlene for many years at the NLRB office in Cleveland.She was a wonderful, kind hearted person who everybody loved. I have many fond memories of her. Please accept my condolences.

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