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Peggy Bender

February 21, 2014


12-2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Fargo.

Funeral Service:

2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Fargo.


Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Peggy Bender

February 21, 2014


Peggy was born on July 20, 1948 to Howard and Annabelle (Nanson) Erickson in Fargo. She grew up in Fargo and graduated from Shanley High School. Following graduation she attended Moorhead State where she earned degrees in Speech Pathology and Special Education.

Peggy was united in marriage to Clarence Bender on June 6, 1971 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Fargo. Peggy taught in New England and Shoshone, WY. The couple moved to Bottineau, ND where she taught for Peace Garden Special Services. In 2009, she retired from Dunseith Schools.

They moved to Fargo in 2011 when Peggy began her battle with cancer.

She is survived by her husband, Clarence; sons, Shawn (Chris) Bender, Bismarck, ND; Korey (Tracy) Bender, Hunter, ND; daughter, Sara Jo (Lewis) Hunt, Watkins, CO; sister, Rita Erickson, Fargo, ND; and grandchildren, Ring, Acadia.

There will be a funeral service at 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Fargo with a visitation beginning at 12:00 P.M.

Memorials preferred to the American Cancer Society.


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  1. Pam Locken says:

    Isabel SDGene and Rita,
    I am so sorry about Peggy. She was such an upbeat, smiley person. We had a great visit last July. I loved her curly hair. Please accept my condolances. I just heard about her passing today.

  2. Roger & Jane Schnieders says:

    Rolfe IAWe met Peggy and Rita at Hope Lodge. So sorry for your loss. She will be in our memories for years to come. A very kind hearted lady. Wishing you the best. Warm regards to Rita.

  3. Ona Monson says:

    Bottineau N.D
    .So sorry to hear about Peggy. She was such a wonderful Lady. My prayers are with you all.

  4. Patty & Larry Martin says:

    Sibley ND
    We were so sorry to learn of Peggy’s death. We understand how hard it is to lose a parent. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  5. Kevin & Amy Nelson says:

    Dunseith ND
    Our condolences to Peggy’s family. We are very sorry for your loss.

  6. Amy Nelson says:

    Dunseith ND
    Our condolences with Peggy’s family. We are very sorry for your loss.

  7. Craig Mueller says:

    Fargo ND
    I am so sorry for the loss of your wife, mother my cousin Also sorry I am unable to be with you today. I will be visiting Gene in the near future.

  8. Roger & Jean Hall says:

    Bottineau ND
    Our thoughts & prayers are with you at this sad time.

  9. Jennifer (Sweeney) Pfeifer says:

    Phoenix AZ
    My sincere condolences. I was a classmate of Peggy’s at St. Mary’s and Shanley. I have fond memories of visits to the lake cabin. We did lose contact after High School, however. Our parents were friends also. May she rest in peace.

    Jennifer (Sweeney) Pfeifer

  10. Rick Bender says:

    Billings MTOur heartfelt and sincere condolences to Gene, Shawn and Chris, Korey and Tracy and Sara and Lewis. We will be with you in prayer and spirit during the services on Tuesday. Rick, Della, and Andrea

  11. Ken Keysor says:

    Kenmare ND
    Gene and family,

    Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Peggy was a beautiful person that truly saw the good in all. She has been an inspiration and we all know that one more wonderful angel has joined heaven.

    Ken Keysor family

  12. Luann says:

    Bottineau ND
    Bender Family ~ We are all so sad to hear of Peggy’s death. As you all know, she was an inspiration to so, so many. Heaven has gained an angel. God Bless you. ((hugs))
    The Soland Crew~Jeff & Luann, Brady & Jammie, Danielle & Cody

  13. Karol Hilkerbaumer says:

    Fargo ND
    Rita, Gene and Family, We were so saddened by the news of Peggy’s passing. So sorry we can not be there in person but we are on an extended vacation in Florida. We so enjoyed your time with us in Dec at our party. Rita and Peg were great babysitters many years ago and we were so glad to hear from both over the years in good times and sad. Hugs to all of you and we will be making contact in April.

  14. Steven Welton says:

    Richmond VirginiaOur family was very saddened to hear of Peggy’s passing. The Erikson family lived next door to us at our lake home and we spent many summers sharing in the joy of time shared and fun in the water. She grew up to be a wonderful woman….generous of spirit who stayed connected to my aging mother even as she battled her own illness. She will be missed and we hope her family will be comforted by the strength she showed in her long fight for life. My sympathy, Steven Welton and the family of John and Vi Welton

  15. David & Patsy Madsen says:

    Hunter North Dakota
    So sorry to hear about Peggy Bender. We send our sincere sympathy to all of you.

  16. Danny and Kelsie (Kirsch) Myers says:

    Creighton NebraskaOur heartfelt prayers for comfort and peace during this time.

  17. Doreen Kadrmas says:

    Bismarck North Dakota
    Peggy and Rita were at Hope Lodge and Methodist Hospital when my husband Alvin was there fighting cancer. Peggy was such a positive person. She was such an inspiration in her outlook on life. I will truly miss her.

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