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Obituary - Cindy Larochelle Bender

Cindy Larochelle Bender

1942 - 2019

Cook Southland Funeral Chapel - Larochelle Bender(2019)

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Cindy Mae (Schaefer) LaRochelle Bender, loving partner of Ron Bender, announce the peaceful passing of Cindy at the Riverview Care Centre, into the loving arms of her heavenly father and those who have gone on before her, on Wednesday Nov. 27th, 2019, at the age of 77 years, in Medicine Hat, Alberta. Cindy was predeceased by her husband, Guy LaRochelle; her siblings, Marilyn and Richard; her parents, May and John Schaefer and her brothers in-law, Leo, John, Jules, Brian, Gerry, Ron, and sister in-law, Terry.

Cindy is survived by her loving partner, Ron Bender and her children, Chérie (Trent) Robbins, Steve (Kim) LaRochelle, Éleese (Rob) Aitken, and Joël (Mel) LaRochelle; her grandchildren, Nat, Ali, Gabe, Abby, Josée, Justene, Angela, Jordan, Trevor, Charlie; her brother, Brian (Mary-Lyn) Schaefer, as well as numerous nieces and nephews .

Cindy had interests ranging from curling, gardening, working with Ron at the farm, and enjoying her time at the lake, which was one of her favourite places to be in the summer. Cindy was an avid curler and played with many different people and teams over the years. She could often be heard yelling “sweep” or “hard” at curling events, while she was making one of her fancy shots. Her green thumb was proven with Ron at the farm, when growing her massive garden full of vegetables and flowers. Cindy also always found time to chase after her other passion, which was watching her grandchildren play the sports they loved, and she would frequently travel to different communities to cheer them on.

Cindy valued education and a strong work ethic. She taught Drivers Education for years, and when she was not driving with the students in the car, she was driving them in the school bus to different destinations, either on her regular school run or for extra-curricular events. She also coached many of these students, including her own girls to volleyball championships throughout Alberta and Saskatchewan, and often drove the bus to get them there.

Cindy (Mom) was always active, always engaged, and always involved with the people she loved and could not have done it without the great support of her friends from the communities of Richmound, Hilda and Medicine Hat.

The Family would like to thank all of the people who have supported our Mom through the years. Mom was who she was because of the people in these great communities. We would also like to thank Riverview Care Centre for looking after Mom in the last few years.

Cindy (Mom) (Mamérè) will be dearly missed by Ron, her children, grandchildren and all who knew her. Mom was our rock in the great times and the tough times. We are all a reflection of her strength, joy and love for life!

The Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at Holy Family Parish, 1451 Strachan Road SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta on Wednesday, December 18, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. Private Interment will take place at Ponteix Cemetery, Ponteix, Saskatchewan on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 10:30 a.m (11:30 SK time).

Memorial flowers may be directed to Cook Southland Funeral Chapel and memorial donations in Cindy’s name may be made directly to the Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan or Alzheimers Society of Alberta, 201, 770 - 6 Street S.W., Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 4J6.

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  1. Ardis and Dave Tingley:
    Nov 28, 2019 at 10:24 AM

    Please accept our most sincere condolences in your time of sorrow. Our thoughts are with you.

  2. M Bender:
    Nov 28, 2019 at 12:06 PM

    Ron I am so sorry.

  3. Don & Maggie Fleck:
    Nov 28, 2019 at 12:48 PM

    Our sincere sympathies to Ron and all of Cindy's families.
    May she rest in peace.

  4. Les Aman:
    Nov 28, 2019 at 02:42 PM

    Ron, very sorry to hear of your loss. May God's Peace be with you at this time.

  5. Alex & Irene Onody:
    Nov 28, 2019 at 05:11 PM

    So very sorry to hear of your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God guide you through this very difficult time.

  6. Joely Augustino:
    Nov 28, 2019 at 06:56 PM

    To you Ron and the entire Larochelle family. Please accept our families most sincere condolences on the loss of Cindy. Although Cindy is completely healed, set free and in the arms of Jesus, her presence will be definitely missed here on earth. I will always remember years of visits with Kim and Steve around the kitchen table and at the rink while she cheered Gabe on through every game. What a beautiful legacy of love she left behind with all of the ones who are left to say “Till we meet again.” Safe in the arms of Jesus. No better place to be.

  7. Tom & Darlene Scott:
    Nov 28, 2019 at 08:55 PM

    Dear Ron
    So sorry to hear of Cindy's passing. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and family at this time. May the many wonderful memories you made together help sustain you at this time and give you peace. Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this time
    Darlene & Tom

  8. Barb/Ray Bockman:
    Nov 28, 2019 at 09:22 PM

    To Ron and Cindy's family, our condolences. Keep all the past good memories close to your hearts, our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

  9. Debbie & Bob Mantler:
    Nov 29, 2019 at 12:53 AM

    To Ron and Cindy's family;
    We had some good times.....lots of fun & laughs at our family reunions. Cindy was quite the talker and she ran a close first with us Diebert girls....but there were too many of us and we mostly got our words in just as much as Cindy. A smart lady and hardworking as well. The last we visited Cindy was in Feb of 2019 at our Aunt Tillie's 99th birthday and Ron brought her over to the party room at the care centre...Cindy seemed to quite enjoy being there and spent most of the party watching and I think even singing a little. We lost the ability to carry on those talkative conversations; but when we met, we still had conversations. Cindy will be sorely missed by all our families. She was fun and always enjoyed her company. Our hearts go out to her children and grandchildren, who Cindy praised and loved so dearly. Dimentia was not her friend, nor ours...Pray we never have to meet it ourselves. Ron has been by her side thru all and will miss her so much as he has for the last few years....he was dedicated to Cindy...and made sure he took her her favorite milkshake whenever he visited. Cindy has gone to a heavenly place where she will laugh and talk and watch over her family as their guardian angel and will live in your hearts forever. Blessings to All and may sunshine fill your hearts once again and warm smiles of the memories you will cherish forever...

  10. Frank Anderson:
    Nov 29, 2019 at 07:52 AM

    We are privileged to share in the saddness of Cindy's passing with the entire Larochelle family, Ron Bender and her friends. Cindy was a truly unforgetable person who brought uncommon energy, zest and determination into the lives of those she cared for.

    On behalf of the Anderson family please accept our heartfelt sympathies for your great loss and our confident hopes that you may continue to draw on Cindy's wonderful strength and care for your success throughout the years.

  11. Ray Jeanette Kohls:
    Nov 30, 2019 at 09:41 PM

    Sincere sympathy to you and Cindy's family. What a great lady!

  12. Sid Scheifele:
    Dec 01, 2019 at 11:26 PM


    My sincere condolences in your time of sorrow.

  13. Laura Volk:
    Dec 02, 2019 at 12:21 AM

    Joel, we are sending you our condolences and a big hug. We all smile when we think of Cindy. May she rest in eternal peace.
    From the VOLK family

  14. Rita Maier:
    Dec 03, 2019 at 12:05 PM

    Ron, and the entire Larochelle family
    Our deepest sympathies to all of you. Cindy was a very special person, and touched so many peoples lives. She was a Brave woman teaching drivers education to all of those students. She will always be remembered for that, as well as her curling, and being a strong woman, who was left with a young family way to soon. We are so glad that she got a second chance at happiness with Ron, You were her rock.
    Rita Maier and Gordon Gomke

  15. Lisa Eberle:
    Dec 04, 2019 at 06:13 AM

    I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  16. Charlie & Shari Komm:
    Dec 04, 2019 at 11:42 AM

    Dear Ronnie and family
    So sorry for your loss. May the memories of Cindy always be in your hearts and minds forever.
    Tears are good, but laughter is healing.

  17. Tyrus Bender:
    Dec 05, 2019 at 04:04 PM

    Ashley and I are very sorry for your loss Ron. Cindy was a loving and caring person who was always a part of our trips down to Medicine Hat. One of the fond memories I have is when she arranged for a 90th birthday certificate from the Government of Canada issued to Grandma Ella Bender 11 years ago. I also remember our trip around Hilda Alberta 4 years ago with Cindy and the kids.

  18. Ruby Ruth Brown:
    Dec 05, 2019 at 04:07 PM

    Dear Ron so sorry to hear about Cindy she is in the hands of the lord now & at peace no more pain Love cousin Ruby & Bob

  19. Cory and Jackie Schell:
    Dec 15, 2019 at 10:28 AM

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ron, Cherie, Steven, Eleese, Joel and their whole family. Cory has many laughs, remembering your Mom teaching Drivers Ed

  20. Cory and Jackie Schell:
    Dec 15, 2019 at 10:31 AM

    Cory did a burn out with your mom in the car, while she was teaching him how to drive. LOL I always enjoyed curling with your month or against her. She was a pretty special lady!! Hugs to you all..

  21. Dexter and Fern Murschell:
    Dec 15, 2019 at 01:34 PM

    Dear Ron, and the LaRochelle family,

    We are so sorry to hear of Cindy's passing. May your memories of your time together bring you comfort and peace.

  22. Wilbert & Linda Langille:
    Dec 16, 2019 at 12:32 PM

    Ron and families: We send our sincere condolence to you and your families. Willie and Linda

  23. Debbie Hellman and family:
    Dec 16, 2019 at 01:02 PM

    Deepest condolences to you Ron on the passing of Cindy.

  24. Debbie Hellman and family:
    Dec 16, 2019 at 01:13 PM

    To the LaRochelle family. Our deepest condolences on the passing of your mom. Have many great memories with your mom from curling, hockey, and all things that you do in a small town together. She was a strong and great person. Hugs and prayers.

  25. June Schaefer:
    Dec 17, 2019 at 05:08 PM

    Dear Cherie, Steven, Eleese, Joel and Families,

    My deepest sympathy to all of you on the loss of your Mom. Although she hadn't been well for some time, we are never really prepared to say good-bye to those we love. Especially our mothers with whom we share a special bond. I will always treasure the memories I have of your Mom and the good times we shared as we were raising our families. Your Mom was a wonderful sister-in-law to me throughout the years and always so welcoming when we were able to visit. Wishing I could be there to give each one of you a hug. Sending love, thoughts, and prayers to each one of you.
    Auntie June

  26. Mardel and Byron Mitchell:
    Dec 17, 2019 at 10:11 PM

    To the LaRochelle Family
    Our deepest sympathy to your family on the passing of your Mom.
    It is never easy losing a parent no matter how old they are.
    Cherish the memories. Thinking of you all at this sad time.

  27. Reg & Vicki Stein:
    Dec 18, 2019 at 02:42 PM

    To the Larochelle family,
    May wonderful memories of your mom help you celebrate her life, remind you of her love, and bring peace and healing to your hearts.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  28. Linda Hepfner and family:
    Dec 21, 2019 at 02:17 PM

    Dear LaRochelle/Bender Families
    We are sorry we didn't make it to Medicine Hat for the service-we are at Joy's in Fort McMurray.
    Linda has many memories of curling bonspiels around the countryside and the hazards of winter travel getting to said bonspiels including going off the road and walking to the nearest farm for help. Trips to Med Hat too numerous to count ferrying children for swimming lessons. Halloween costumes (for kids and adults). Ball Tournaments. Starting new lives as wives and then mothers together, later becoming grandmothers and widows but always moving forward to the next big adventure.
    We know Cindy's presence at the grandkids' activities and in your lives will be missed.
    Somewhere out there she's telling Linda to Sweep!
    Love You
    Linda, Kara, Joy, Jayme and families

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