J.E. Foust & Son Funeral Directors

523 S Main St, Grapevine, TX


Mary Ann Bender

March 25, 1932August 16, 2019

Mary Ann Bender (nee Cosgrove) formerly of Minocqua, Wisconsin passed away Friday afternoon, August 16th in Bedford, TX after a long and happy life of 87 years. She was the loving wife of Laurance Hadley Bender and mother of Jim, Jen and Dan.

Mary Ann, along with her twin brother Joseph, was born on March 25, 1932, in Davenport Iowa to the late Millie and Henry Cosgrove. A graduate of Northern Illinois University, Mary Ann taught elementary school and special needs education in the suburbs of Chicago before devoting her time to raising her children. In 1977, she and husband Larry left the Chicagoland area for Northern Wisconsin where she lived through retirement, splitting her time between Minocqua, Wisconsin and Naples, Florida. Her interests in tennis, bridge and mahjong provided her with great fun and many friendships.

She is survived by her brother, Joseph, of Bedford, TX and son James (Kristin) Bender (of Denver, CO); loving daughter Jen Marie Bender (of Grapevine, TX) and son Dan (Eileen) Bender (of Glen Ellyn, IL). She was the much loved grandmother of Jonathon Bender, Elizabeth (Grant) Plost, Dr. Victoria Bender, Michael Christensen, Bradley Christensen, Finn Bender, and George Bender. She will be remembered with love by her many nieces and nephews. She was preceeded in death by her sister, Genevieve, brother Richard and husband Larry.

A visitation and brief memorial service will be held at 6:00 pm on Tuesday August 20th at the J. E. Foust & Son Funeral Home in Grapevine Texas. A Mass of Christian Burial and internment will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church Woodruff, WI in early fall. Arrangements in Minocqua will be handled by Bolger Funeral Home.


  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, August 20, 2019


Mary Ann Bender

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Helayne Schneider

August 22, 2019

Chuck and I send our condolences to Jim and all the Bender Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of as you mourn the passing of your beloved mother.

Tom Micheletti

August 22, 2019

With deepest condolences to the Bender family. Mrs Bender was a pearl.
The Michelettis

Doris Eberlein

August 22, 2019

Jan Howard and I were hoping to have lunch with Mary Ann a month ago!
How strange we had her in our thoughts at that time.
May all the Bender children know you are in my thoughts at this difficult time.
May many happy memories bring comfort to you.
Doris Eberlein

Katie Howard Drerup

August 21, 2019

What a dear and wonderful woman Mary Ann was. Always a smile on her face and a kind word. She will be missed. We are now living in Minocqua full time and hope to come to her memorial this fall. You will all be in our prayers.

Jan Howard

August 21, 2019

I have so many wonderful, happy memories of times with both Larry and Mary Ann...and in later years with your mother. Sending my love and deepest sympathy to Jim, Jen and Danny..and your families.