Rev Bruce Benander End of Life Care

Bruce hasn't been well since before Christmas. After a month in different hospitals he came home to hospice care Saturday, March 17th. He had been diagnosed with bone marrow cancer 2 weeks before, but wasn't able to withstand the treatment. He needs 24/7 nursing care at about $500/day and has lots of medical expenses. His wife, Marty, fell while visiting him in the hospital, broke her ankle in 3 places and required surgery and lots of metal to put it back together. She can't put weight on it for 8-10 weeks. She came home from rehab on Saturday too. They could use your help paying for Bruce's end of life care.


Dearest Friends and Family,

We are writing to share that Bruce passed away in his sleep last night. In his final week Bruce was energetic and glad to be able to spend time with so many loved ones in his home in Springfield, MA. Thank you to all those who have visited and supported us through this challenging time. Being at home was his greatest desire at the end of his life and your generous contributions have made this past week possible. We are so grateful for all of the love and joy he was able to share in his long life.

This coming week, there will be a private family burial service. We would like to invite you to be a part of our Celebration of Life for Bruce on April 7th, following what would have been his 86th birthday.


Rev. Bruce Benander’s Celebration of Life

Date: Saturday April 7, 2018

Time: 11 am  

Location: Our Savior’s Lutheran Church

Address: 319 Granby Rd, South Hadley, MA 01075

Service & Reception: During the service, there will be a time for sharing personal reflections about Bruce and his life. Following the celebration there will be a potluck reception in the church’s fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, you are welcome to send a contribution to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church where Bruce and Marty have found great love and support over the past 15 years.



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Lynn Benander 
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