Karen (Ebinger) Bender

January 7, 1954November 21, 2012

Karen (Ebinger) Bender, 58, of Cincinnati, Ohio, formerly of Evansville, passed away Wednesday, November 21, 2012, at Hospice of Cincinnati. She was born January 7, 1954, in Evansville.

She was an active member of Crossroads Community Church in Oakley, Ohio. Karen was a proud breast cancer survivor who was active in the Breast Cancer Alliance of Greater Cincinnati. She recently completed a Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, crossing the finish line. She was employed with AAA Travel for 27 years and most recently held the position of Supervisor of Travel Information Systems. She was a member of Singles for Charity in Cincinnati, which was a group that helped others in need.

Karen was preceded in death by her mother, Marie Ebinger; grandmother, Carrie Ebinger; aunt and uncle, Dan and Carolyn Curtis; and aunt and uncle, Carl and Viola Ebinger.

She is survived by her father, Robert C. Ebinger; sister, Charlene Laib and husband, Max; nephew, Alan Mueller and wife, Erin, of Kalamazoo, MI and their daughter, Hailey; nephew, Chris Mueller and wife, Allison, of Collierville, TN and their sons, Colton, Caleb and Aidan; uncles, Earl Ebinger and Paul Ebinger and wife, Dorothy, and their daughters, Terri and Linda; aunt, Irene Winfield; cousin, Carla Gehlhausen and husband, Jeff, and their children, Nathan, Nicole, Katelyn and Zachary; cousin, Dana Curtis; nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, December 15, 2012, at Alexander East Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation or the Breast Cancer Alliance of Greater Cincinnati. Condolences may be made online at


  • Memorial Service Saturday, December 15, 2012

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Karen Wimpelberg

December 17, 2012

I was saddened to learn, that Karen loss her brave battle with cancer. I have known her every since grade school. I will always remember her for her sweet smile and caring nature. I will pray for comfort for her family and friends that will miss her deeply.

William Woods

December 14, 2012

I was sorry to read of Karen's passing. It came as quite a shock. To have lost your sister and your mother so close together is a lot to bear.

Please accept my sincere condolences.

Carla Gehlhausen

December 14, 2012

She was an inspiration to us all. She will be missed.
God only picks the best.
He now has a wonderful angel to watch over us all.

Carla Gehlhausen

December 14, 2012

She was an inspiration to us all. God only picks the best. He now has a wonderful angel to watch over us all.

Mary and Keith Ashby

December 13, 2012

We are so sorry to learn of Karen's passing. We have known Karen since Washington Grade School and have many fond memories. She was beautiful inside and out. We will pray for strenth and comfort for those she left behind.

Mary and Keith Ashby


December 12, 2012

Karen was always a class act. Even way back in high school.
God bless her family and friends.

Jerry & Jane Smith

December 12, 2012

We are unbelievably saddened to learn of Karen's passing. RIP BFF of 37 years. We love you.