Catherine B. Bender

[Age 67] Registered nurse served as a museum docent.

April 16, 2007

Catherine B. Bender, a retired registered nurse and museum docent, died of cancer Wednesday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. She was 67 and lived in Timonium.

Catherine Brosnahan was born in Champaign, Ill., and raised in Springfield, Ill. She earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from the Holy Cross School of Nursing in South Bend, Ind., in 1960, and began her career at a hospital in Springfield.

In 1961, she married Raymond T. "Ray" Bender Sr., an electrical engineer, and moved to Baltimore. Mr. Bender, who later became a professor of business at the University of Baltimore, died in 1989.

Mrs. Bender worked as a nurse at Johns Hopkins Hospital until 1965, when she left the profession to raise her children. She resumed her nursing career in 1978 at the old Children's Hospital, and from 1990 until she retired last year, she was on staff at Wyman Park Medical Center.

Mrs. Bender earned an associate's degree in interior design some years ago from Catonsville Community College.

The longtime Chapel Ridge Road resident was also a docent at the Baltimore Museum of Art, where she "enjoyed sharing her love of sculpture, painting and modern art with children and adults," said her daughter, Mary Catherine Simmons of Lutherville.

Mrs. Bender, who was an accomplished needlepoint practitioner, also enjoyed gardening and entertaining.

She was a communicant of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 103 Church Lane, Cockeysville, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

Also surviving are a son, R. Thomas Bender Jr. of Ramstein, Germany; two brothers, James Brosnahan of Springfield, Ill., and John Brosnahan of Minneapolis; and three grandchildren.

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