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Ruth E. Messner Bender

August 13, 1923


Ruth E. Messner Bender, 96, of Tower City, passed away Monday, May 18th at Heritage Mills Personal Care Home.
Born in Philadelphia, August 13, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Joseph  and Mary Klinger MacGlaughlin.
Ruth graduated in 1941 from Tower City High School and in 1945 from West Chester State Teachers College.  She served in the United States Coast Guard during World War II.
She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Tower City and 73 year member of the Glen Chapter #425, Order of Eastern Star, Lykens.
Ruth was a retired elementary school teacher for the Williams Valley School District.
In addition to her parents Ruth was preceded in death by husbands Mark Messner, 1979 and Harold Bender, 2010.
She is survived by two daughters, Elizabeth Herb and her husband Jim, Wiconisco and Jane Golliday and her husband Keith, Gerrardstown, WV; two step-daughters, Carol Condran and her husband Oliver and Linda Keen and her husband Darryl, both of Middletown; two granddaughters, Mary Kinnie and her husband Donald and Daisy Golliday  (Zachary Wigfield)  both of WV; two great grandsons, Marshall and Lionel Kinnie.
Private services will be held at the convenience of the family from the Chapel of the Dimon Funeral Home, Inc., with Pastor Laura Csellak officiating.    Burial  will be in the Greenwood Cemetery.    Memorial donations in Ruth's name should be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church 415 E. Grand Avenue, Tower City, PA 17980.  To sign the guest book visit


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