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William J. Bender
William J. Bender

July 4, 1935 - August 15, 2019
Born in Paterson, NJ
Resided in Hampton Township, New Jersey


William J. Bender, 84, of Hampton Township, died Thursday, August 15, 2019, at home.

Born in Paterson, William was a longtime resident of Sussex County. He proudly served in the Navy during the Korean Conflict. He was an electrical worker for Automatic Switch Electrical Co. in Florham Park for 29 ½ years before his retirement. A member of St. Joseph R.C. Church in Newton, William was a eucharistic minister and a Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus with Don Bosco Council 7784. He was the founding President of the Sussex County Ancient Order of Hibernians. William was also a member of the Newton Fire Department and was an exempt fireman.

The son of the late Harold L. and Irene (nee Gots) Bender, William was also predeceased by his wife, Lois M. Bender on August 25, 2006. He is survived by two daughters, Linda Marie Ross of Hampton Township and Suzanne Sipley and her fiancé, Albert Beshada, of Newton; six grandchildren, Sean Ross, Roger Sipley, Adam Ross, Gage Sipley, Steven Ross, and Meg Irene Beshada; as well as seven great-grandchildren, Skylar, Adam, Alexander, Michael, Mason, Ayden, and Dolton. He is also survived by William Fehr and his best friend, Larry Erwin.

The memorial service will begin at 9:15 a.m. on Thursday, August 22, 2019, at the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High Street, Newton, followed by a 10 a.m.
Memorial Mass at St. Joseph R.C. Church in Newton. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 21, 2019, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., with Knights of Columbus srvices at 7:30, and Firemen’s Services at 8:15 p.m., also at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph R.C. Church, 24 Halsted Street, Newton, NJ 07860.

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Memorial Visitation
Smith-McCracken Funeral Home
63 High Street
Newton, NJ 07860
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Memorial Mass
St. Joseph R.C. Church
Halsted Street
Newton, NJ 07860
Thursday, August 22, 2019
10:00 AM
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