Lisa L. Bender-Zuleski

March 2, 1962February 2, 2013
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Lisa L. Bender-Zuleski, age 50, of Maple Grove, Minnesota, passed away into eternal life on February 2, 2013, at her home with her son and husband at her side, after a 17 month battle with pancreatic cancer.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, February 7, 2013, at Sunset Funeral Home in Minneapolis, MN, with Fr. Tony Dinseo officiating. Interment followed at Sunset Memorial Park in Minneapolis.

Lisa was born on March 2, 1962, in Aberdeen, SD, to Darrell and Irene (Stiles) Bender, and was baptized into the Roman Catholic Church. Due to her father’s frequent employment transfers, she attended elementary school in Mobridge, Pierre and Rapid City before her family moved back to Mobridge where she graduated from high school in 1980.

Following high school, she managed the Super 8 Motel in Mobridge before moving to Minneapolis, MN in 1982. Lisa became employed with Twin City Federal Bank in the mortgage loan business as a loan processor from 1985 to 1993, and was promoted to the position of corporate processing manager, responsible for training and supervising over 100 loan processors. She then created her own loan processing business, Mortgage Loan Processing Center. Lisa sub contracted with large banks in Minneapolis to originate and process sometimes up to 65 mortgage loans in a single month. Shortly prior to her cancer diagnosis, she became employed with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans in Minneapolis.

In 1988, Lisa married Richard Zuleski, and in 1990, their only child, Carson was born.

Lisa will be remembered for her generosity, cooking and entertaining. She had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to laugh. She also enjoyed taking the family boat out on Lake Minnetonka entertaining friends, and loved to be around babies and small children. She had a love for the holidays including decorating her yard for Halloween and handing out the neighborhoods favorite treats to the trick or treaters, and giving and receiving gag gifts for Christmas.

Upon learning of her terminal diagnosis, Lisa didn’t return to work, and fought her cancer with the most aggressive forms of chemotherapy available. She never complained about the side affects, and never wanted anybody to see her in pain. During breaks in her treatments, she enjoyed traveling to Phoenix to visit her relatives and friends. Lisa, her husband and son were also able to take a long anticipated trip to the islands of Hawaii. Her home backed up to a small wildlife preserve, and Lisa had several bird feeders she kept filled so she could watch the birds while she was undergoing her treatments. Her loyal Boston Terriers, Max and Winnie, and cat, Kizmo were also there to keep her company.

Lisa is survived by her devoted husband of 25 years, Richard Zuleski of Maple Grove, MN; loving son, Carson Zuleski of Maple Grove; her parents, Darrell and Irene Bender of Mobridge; brother, Kim Bender of Cooke City, MT; brother, Darren Bender of Phoenix, AZ; nieces, Jennifer Cornett of Sioux Falls and Kari (Jordan) Nehls of Lincoln, ND; great nephew, Jackson Cornett; great-nieces, Ella Cornett, Laila and Brittyn Nehls. Other survivors include sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Kathleen and Roger Starks, and Debra an Ron Brown; nephews: Justin and Ryan Brown and Christopher Stark; and uncles, aunts and many cousins.

Preceding in death were her grandparents, Jacob and Minnie Bender, and John and Dorothy Stiles.

Please join us in remembering Lisa by visiting our Memorial (photos and guest book) at ; Through this site, we invite you to share your thoughts and fond memories with our family.


  • Visitation Wednesday, February 6, 2013
  • Funeral Service Thursday, February 7, 2013

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February 16, 2013

You are missed Dear Lisa

Tex & Dixie Claymore

February 15, 2013

What a shame that such a wonderful womans life was cut short. Our deepest condolances to the Bender family. We will keep you in our prayers.

Ann Spiry-Byre

February 15, 2013

So sorry to hear about your loss. I will always remember her smile and her great sense of humor. She will remain the Angel by your side and guide you thru the days, months and years ahead. Hugs to you all. Ann

Christine Duncan

February 13, 2013

My prayers and heart felt sympathy to Lisa's family RIP my friend.

tara volesky

February 10, 2013

She will always be with us in spirit. She was Darren's little sister but Lisa was such a sweet spirit. Even though she was younger than me and not a close friend, I will always remember Lisa as a sweet soul and wonderful spirit.
RIP Lisa, You will never be forgotten.

February 8, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this difficult time.

The Brewers

February 8, 2013

The video is a wonderful tribute to a beautiful gal. Prayers from Mobridge.

Terrye Fowler

February 7, 2013

Hello. I recently moved into the home across the street from Lisa, Richard and their family. I was so fortunate to have spent a warm afternoon this past Summer with Lisa sitting on her front steps. She told me about her Halloween decorations and how she loved to give the kids these wonderful huge Hershey chocolate bars, and setup these wild decorations. Halloween came and sure enough there were the decorations and the kids running over. Every Halloween I will think of her, her great sense of humor. I wish I had met her so much sooner. I will miss her. Richard, may you be comforted now surrounded by those who love you and the wonderful memories of Lisa. God bless you and your family.

Jane Filetic

February 6, 2013

Dear Darren,

Although I never had the pleasure of meeting Lisa, I felt I knew her through you.
I can see through her photographs she was everything you said she was.
I hope peace will soon replace your deep sense of loss. All my best,

Lori Zastrow

February 6, 2013

I am so sorry to hear of Lisa's passing. I only got to meet her a few times but those times I will cherish. She was so fun and always thinking of others. She will be missed by everyone who was touched by her bright light. You are in my heart, thoughts and prayers.