Dorothy P. Bender-Grubb

June 04, 1923 ‒ December 25, 2014

Galion, Ohio

Dorothy P. Bender-Grubb, 91, of Galion passed away in the presence of family, on December 25, 2014 at Mill Creek Nursing Center, Galion.

She was born June 4, 1923 in Lucas to the late John Earl and Ruth Erma (Van Antwerp) Berry.

Dorothy married Charles W. Bender of Galion, on December 24, 1944, in Dothan, Alabama, before he shipped out for duty in Europe with the Air Corps as a P-47 Thunderbolt pilot in WWII.

He returned from the war safely, and they shared a wonderful life together for nearly 50 years. Charles preceded her in death on December 22, 1992, 2 days shy of their 50th wedding anniversary.

Dorothy graduated in 1941 from Ontario High School and Mansfield School of Nursing in 1945. She was a member of the Ohio Nursing Association. Dorothy was also an active member of First Lutheran Church in Galion, serving on the church council, teaching Sunday school and volunteering in other capacities. She loved to play cards with her friends, enjoyed quilting with her sisters, and helping her lady friends with errands when they could not drive themselves. Dorothy also enjoyed gardening, raising the best tomatoes and garden vegetables, and sharing the bounty of her garden with friends and family.

She was employed at Galion Community Hospital in the early years of her nursing career, joining Dr. William Manthey’s office as his primary nurse when he opened his practice in Galion. After 27 years with Dr. Manthey, she retired from nursing. In retirement, she loved fishing for walleye on Lake Erie with her husband, Chuck. Her first fishing season on Lake Erie, she caught the record breaking walleye – a 29 incher! The fish fry dinners with family and friends at her home in Galion are memorable.

At age 85, she married her second husband, Joseph D. Grubb of Galion. After six loving years together, he preceded her in death on October 9, 2014. She is preceded her in death by a brother, Dale Berry and three sisters, Velma Baehr, Ruth Spohn and Carole Beverage.

Dorothy is survived by daughter, Beth A. (Bender) Manring, son-in-law Daniel L. Manring of Columbus; two granddaughters, Julianne Manring of Key West, Florida, Jillian (Manring) Burner (Seth) of Gahanna; three great-grandchildren, Riley Danielle Burner and Seth Jacob Burner of Gahanna and Stella Grace Manring of Key West; sister Annabelle (Berry) Kochheiser of Lexington and the many nieces, nephews and family and friends that continue to cherish the memories of her and a life well-lived.

To honor Dorothy’s wishes, she has donated her body to The Ohio State University School of Medicine. There will be no memorial services. Those who wish to do so, please donate to the charity of your choice in her name.

Snyder Funeral Home Richardson Davis Chapel in Galion is honored to serve the family of Dorothy Grubb, and condolences may be made to them at

  • Beth, Dan and Family,
    Our deepest sympathy to all of you upon the passing of your dear Mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and aunt. She was a dear neighbor for many years. She will be missed by many, but is in a much better place & free of pain. Blessings,
    Bruce & Mary Anne

  • Beth, Dan and Family,
    So sorry to hear about your Mom, and we all know she lived a great life. We will miss her kindness as a wonderful neighbor! Such great memories you all have! We have been thinking of all of you
    The Cahill Family

  • Dear Beth, Dan & Family,
    We are all extending our thoughts and prayers to you at this time. We were so sorry to hear about your Mom, Beth. Mom visited your Mom not long ago at Mill Creek. Dad even told me today that he remembers Dorothy so I was kind of surprised. Mom said she remembers all the fun times she had with your Mom & Dad. Whether it was playing cards, fishing at the lake, or other times they always had fun! Sending our Love & Deepest Sympathy, Dick & Jane Ness, Nancy Ness Bailey, & Steve, Carole & Shae Ness

  • We were very sorry to hear of Dorothy’s passing. I met her at First Lutheran Church and I loved talking to her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

  • So sorry to learn of Dorothy’s passing. She was a good lady and will be missed by many. Stopped by to see her but not sure she knew us. She’s not suffering now. Our thoughts and prayers go with you. Marilyn & Don Burkholder

  • Beth, Dan and family,
    We were saddened to hear about your mom. She will be greatly missed. We will always have fond memories of the times we were privileged to spend with her and Joe at different family functions. She was always genuinely concerned with those around her and was so kind and gracious. Although we won’t get to visit with her here again, we will look forward to seeing her again in heaven. Our prayers and thoughts are with your family during this difficult time.
    Kind regards,
    Bill and Diane Reed