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Patricia (Patti) Bender Monroe, age 62, of Grandville, passed away peacefully on January 24, 2014, at Faith Hospice at Trillium Woods. The daughter of Ray Bender & Carol (Kellogg) Farrington, she was born on June 9, 1951 in Grand Rapids. She will be remembered by her loving daughter Tina Bender; sisters Ann (Larry) Brown, and Sharon (Carl) Dykstra; brothers Ray (Janet) Bender, David (Debora) Griep, and Rick (Harriet) Bender; plus many nieces and nephews who loved her dearly, and great nieces and nephews. Honoring her wishes, cremation has taken place and a time of remembrance will be held on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. – 12 noon at Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care (3627 Linden Avenue S.E., Grand Rapids). In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to Faith Hospice at Trillium Woods. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Patti’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit: www.MichiganCremation.com

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  1. Michelle Waters on January 28, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    So many people you have helped, loved, and been there for. Such a tiny woman with a great heart. I’m so happy to have had the honor of knowing you and being friends with you (not just as Tina’s mom). My heart goes out to Tina and all of your family. You will be truly missed. Rest in Peace Pat, in Jesus’ arms.



  2. James & Meagan Bender on January 28, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Aunt Patti always had a smile. Such a hard-working lady with a heart as big as the moon. She made it clear how much she loved her daughter. She will truly be missed.
    -With love always, Jimmy, Meagan, Carter & Kylee Bender.



  3. Ronald Morgan on January 28, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Tina….
    I’m sorry for your loss. I only met your mother two times & she left quite an impression. I know she is watching over you & will continue to do so until you two meet again.



  4. Deb Koster on January 28, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    the best friend anyone could ever have, will love and miss you always. You are all in my thoughts and prayers



  5. Rachel Bellgraph on January 28, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    I am honored to be able to call Patti my friend…she will be deeply missed



  6. Debra Hawley on January 28, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    I will dearly miss her personality and shining smile. She lit up the world and it will be a little bit darker without her in it ;( So sorry, xo



  7. sandy merritt on January 29, 2014 at 7:46 am

    It was a great honor to work with you,All our prayers go to your family



  8. sandy merritt on January 29, 2014 at 7:47 am

    It was a great honor to work with you,All our prayers go to your family



  9. Sharon Timmerman on January 29, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Patty it has been an honor to have worked with you over the years and you have and will be missed dearly I will miss the 5am good mornings and your smiles throughout the day. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family, she was a very special person who will be greatly missed.



  10. Clare Lodenstein on January 29, 2014 at 9:57 am

    So sorry for your loss,,May she rest in peace,,,HUGS



  11. Cathy Straub on January 29, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    I worked with Patty at Rowe for several years and she was always a smiling face no matter what. So sad to hear of her passing. Thoughts and prayers to her family.



  12. Chuck and Jenice Momber on January 30, 2014 at 10:58 am

    May God’s peace and happy memories give you comfort. So very sorry for your loss.k



  13. Lenore Dykstra on January 30, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    To the family of Patti;

    We share in your sorrow and loss.
    You are thought of and prayed for by many who genuinely care.
    May His Son shine on you and fill the emptiness you are feeling in your hearts and souls. May God fill each need you have as you process your grief.
    My sincere sympathy for each of you. Blessings and Love



  14. Christine Dushane on January 31, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    You will be greatly missed Pat.. May you be with God. You were truly a wonderful woman.



  15. Ray Wiebenga on February 1, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    Patricia was so caring and very giving. She was always there for me and will be greatly missed by many. She has touched many hearts. My prayers to her family…



  16. Gord and Eileen DeYoung on February 3, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Sharon and Carl,
    Sorry to hear about Pattie’s death. Our prayers are with you and your family during this time.
    Love Gord and Eileen



  17. Russ Farrish on February 3, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    We all were blessed to have been able to spend time with such a wonderful and loving person. She will be missed.



  18. Marty Whitten on February 4, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Pat, i will never forget You, your beautiful smile and the kindest heart I’ve ever known!! thank you for everything you’ve ever done for me, especially making me feel like family!!! R.I.P



  19. Anna Russell on February 4, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Prayers and Lots Of Love To you all!!!



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