Obituary: Donna Jane Bender, 63, of Fairfield

Donna Jane Bender, age 63 of Fairfield, wife of Ken Bender, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 28, 2016 in St. Vincent’s Medical Center.

Donna was born in Asheboro, NC and had been an area resident for forty-five years.

A graduate of Katherine Gibbs College in Manhattan and Staples High School in Westport, she worked at various retailers and The Fairfield Store, and as computer support technician for the Fairfield Public School System at Stratfield Elementary School, and more recently at Roger Ludlowe Middle School.

Donna was very active at in the faith she converted to at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in Fairfield, serving as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, lector, a member of the Liturgical Committee and head of the Family Mass Committee. She enjoyed needlework, visiting the beach, visiting with friends and family, wineries, and reading, and taught classes on knitting and computers.

Survivors in addition to her husband Donald Kenneth “Ken” Bender, include her devoted children Kimberly Anne “Kym” Bender and her fiancé Michael R. Boncoddo, and Evan Thomas Bender and his partner Tim Burke, her father John A. Russo, brother John R. Russo, stepsister Jamie Breisler, stepbrother Frederick Russo, great-uncle Donald Richardson and family.

She was predeceased by her mother Mary Helen Russo and father Ray McKelly Hughes.

Friends may call Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m., in the Redgate-Hennessy Funeral Home at Main Street and Gorham Place, Trumbull. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m., meeting directly in Our Lady of the Assumption Church at 545 Stratfield Road, Fairfield, with a Funeral Mass. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Donna’s memory to the American Cancer Society, Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, or to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.

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