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Charles B. Bender

Bender – Charles B., “Chuck”, 72, Richland, formerly of Carrolltown, PA, went to be with the Lord on March 28, 2017 at Windber Hospice, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born on September 21, 1944 in Carrolltown, PA, son of Herman H. and Mary H. “Nellie” (Campbell) Bender. Preceded in death by his parents; brother, Larry and infant brother, Duane; sisters, Nellie Lou Graney, and Norma Schmidt. He is survived by his love of his life and soul mate, Sara, Richland, and her children and grandchildren, whom he adored. Also survived by brother, Robert H., married to the former Carol A. Recchia, Williamsburg, VA. His life was also enriched by his many cousins, nieces, nephews, and many friends. Chuck was a 1962 graduate of Cambria Heights High School. He was a US Army Veteran serving during the Vietnam War. Chuck retired in 1999, from the Harmony High School, after 30 years of service as a Social Studies Teacher. Chuck enjoyed the respect of his colleagues as well as his many students. During his teaching career, he was also employed as a Radio DJ for WNCC, Barnesboro, PA; WEND, Ebensburg, PA, and WCRO, Johnstown. He was also a sports announcer for Johnstown High School football and basketball for several years. Also, he was an emcee for over 800 local events, from 1960 to 2014, including weddings, school dances, and clubs, and the annual Spring Oldies Dance at the War Memorial and ACES. Chuck announced most of the Majorette and cheerleading contests at the War Memorial. He hosted many shows and concerts in the 60’s. Chuck brought in nationally known acts to the former Cicero’s Roller Rink in Ebensburg, and also the former Red Rooster in Indiana, PA. He interviewed many sport personalities, including the 70’s Steelers and Pirates. Chuck was a member of St. Benedict Catholic Church, Geistown. He enjoyed traveling and cruises with Sara as well as watching Pittsburgh sports. At Chuck’s request, there will be no public viewing. A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at the St. Benedict Catholic Church, Fr. David S. Peles, Pastor. Private inurnment will be at St. Benedict Cemetery, Carrolltown, PA. The family is being served by the Harris Funeral Home, 500 Cherry Lane, Richland. The family suggests contributions be directed to a charity of one’s choice in memory of Charles. Online condolences may be posted to www.wharrisfuneralhome.com. Cremation by Laurel Highlands Crematory at Harris Funeral Home.

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Please accept my deepest sympathy in the loss of your husband, father and grandfather. My parents knew the Bender family well and Chuck and I graduated from C.H. the same year. Although Chuck and I were not close, I remember him being quite the character. He was always friendly and fun to listen to his stories. At the last class reunion he attended, we shared memories of growing up here in Carrolltown. Take care of yourself and be there for each other. God Bless. I hope the memories of the well times sustain you and give you strength to go on with your lives. He would want that. Ann

Ann (Sherry) Bilko Apr 6 2017 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathy to his family. Chuck was a great guy and will be missed

Ron Riley Apr 2 2017 12:00 AM

So many memories, Mr. Bender was one of my favorite teachers at Harmony. He made learning interesting and fun, I always loved coming to class. I especially remember a time we did presentations in class and my friend Margaret brought my grandfather in to talk about Poland as he came to America at 15. My grandfather was a character and I can still see Mr Benders face as he laughed at my grandfathers stories. I will never forget how special he made my grandfather feel that day and the extra time he gave him to talk. He was such a thoughtful caring person. Mr. Bender was one of the teachers who made an impact on my life and I will always have fond memories of that time. My sympathy to his family, he touched many lives and will be missed.

Helen Penksa-Harding Apr 1 2017 12:00 AM

Our heartfelt condolences to Sara, her family and Chuck's family. I visited with Chuck this past Sunday at Windber Hospice. We shared out time looking at old photos and talking about our "good times" with the Johnstown Classic Rockers band at the annual Oldies Rock & Roll Spring Break events, the Arcadia Theatre, and the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center. Chuck was the "Master of Ceremonies" for these events. And her certainly was a "master" of introducing bands and engaging the audience with his "mellow" voice for the evening. He will be missed.

Ron & Susan Piljay Mar 31 2017 12:00 AM

I grew up listening to his voice in various locations. It's amazing how a connection can be made even though we never met. God be with you all.

Judy Smith Pierce Mar 31 2017 12:00 AM

I knew Chuck for many, many years. My late husband was Chuck Rubisch. He was Chuck's partner at Cicero's. The two of them was always plotting & planning their next big show. Chuck Rubisch died in 2002 also from cancer. My home was always open to Chuck. I can only imagine the excitement & rejoicing in heaven. Now the two Chuck's are there, as they were know at WEND. May you both fly with the angels now. Love always Sandee

Sandee Rubisch-Henriques Mar 31 2017 12:00 AM

Just a great guy, neighbor and friend. One of my fondest memories of Chuck was back in 1988 when he got the pay for view heavyweight fight between Mike Tyson and Michael Spinks. He squeezed the whole neighborhood into his living room to watch Tyson knock out Spinks in 91 seconds. Let's go Bucs.

Jerry Mar 31 2017 12:00 AM

R.I.P Mr.Bender, many good memories from my years at Harmony.

Daniel Singleton Mar 30 2017 12:00 AM

I remember going to the annual Labor Day reunion in Carrolltown with mom and dad. The first place we stopped was at Aunt Nellie and Uncle Herman's house and we listened to cousin Chuck's radio broadcast. I was relatively young at the time and was very impressed that my cousin was on the radio. I particularly remember how proud Aunt Nellie was. He was probably in high school at the time. I didn't really know him as an adult but having lost my own husband to cancer two years ago I extend my heartfelt sympathy to his family.

Darlene (Campbell) DeMario Mar 30 2017 12:00 AM

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There is a new DJ in Rock and Roll Heaven. All our love.Jack, Beth and Family.

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