McInally, Aileen Evelyn Jones Bender “Jeanne”, Frankenmuth, Michigan


Aileen Evelyn Jones was born October 9, 1925, in Vassar, Michigan, the daughter of Harry and Louise (Schmidt) Jones. She attended school in Saginaw, Bridgeport and Reese and graduated with the class of 1943 from Reese High School, where she was a cheerleader all four years. As a teenager, Aileen taught Sunday School. She sang in both the Junior and Senior Choir at Christ Lutheran in Reese, Michigan. Following graduation, Aileen worked at the General Motors gun plant during the war times. Later, she attended Junior College and Bay City Business College. She was also employed at Morley Brothers. She worked many years in the Bender family business as a bookkeeper and secretary. Eventually, being employed as the secretary for the Carpenter’s Union local #706. Her passion for music and her beautiful singing voice caught the attention of many. She was an instrumentalist and professional vocalist with various dance bands. Her stage name was “Jeanne.” Her name emerged in some conspicuous places. Her singing career began in the 1960’s when she joined such groups as the Arlis Woodward Band, Art Galonska, Hal Spencer, Rex O’Dell’s Orkettes, as well as the Dick Murphy band and Ron Zita’s group also known as Mr. Z, among others. She performed at the Highlife Inn, Bancroft Hotel, Bintz’s Apple Mountain, Tri-City Airport’s Skyroom, and several local country clubs including the Caro Country Club and the Pontiac Country Club. She also performed at the Pontiac Silverdome and many other locations in the Detroit area, where she later did a studio recording in the 1980‘s. “Jeanne” was billed as a “top female vocalist” with Jerry Lovay’s “Men of Music” at the local city’s premier Bintz’s Apple Mountain, Sky Room. She sang at the annual Policeman’s Ball with the Chuck Henning band. She sang in all the favorite live-music clubs all around the state of Michigan. She sang everything from pop to jazz. She enjoyed singing and dancing as well as roller/dance skating. She was an avid skater who skated regularly until the age of 70. She married Fredrick L. Bender, June 9, 1945. Together, they raised 10 children whom she loved dearly. She was a devoted, attentive and loving mother who doted on her children. She had strong Christian values and was active in the Lutheran Church. She was a former member of Christ Lutheran, Reese, Immanuel Lutheran, Frankentrost, Redeemer Lutheran, Saginaw, and current member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Saginaw. She was a caregiver, a patriot, loving wife, wonderful mother, and cherished grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved and served her Savior all her days. Aileen was preceded in death by husband Fredrick L. Bender, her parents, and son Fredrick Alan Bender, as well as grandson Brian Bender and niece Cindy Hebert. Aileen is survived by her children and their spouses, Karen (Barry) Johnson, Kathy Bender and Sharon Bender, Jeanne (Richard) Fizell, Rick (Sue) Bender, Gary (Deb) Bender, Mark (Sharon) Bender, David (Jean) Bender, Janet (Monty) Cross; eighteen grandchildren and their spouses, Kira Johnson, Mara Johnson, Victoria Daniel-Berg, Jason (Sarah) Fizell, Amie (Tony) Richardson, Tom (Anjoli) Bender, Jennifer (Scott) Stafford, Eric Bender, Ryan Bender, Michelle (Jeff) Trent, Michael (Jen) Bender, Adam (Erica) Bender, Tara (Jacob) Domson, Jamie (Ben) Spreeman, Kyle Bender, Jeanne Cross, Ethan Cross; eleven great-grandchildren, Stephanie Berg, Astra & Geneva Fizell, Tristen Bender, Jack, Dylan, & Carter Trent, Carson & Aubree Bender, Gavin Bender, and Alaina Spreeman. Also, a sister Janet (Norm) Hebert, and brother Tim (Janis) Jones and 3 nieces, 3 nephews, many cousins, friends, and a special friend Marion Reimer. She married Douglas D. McInally from Silverwood, Michigan on December 31, 1988. They shared more than 25 years traveling, enjoying family, friends and fish dinners at the American Legion Hall, taking cruises, playing cards, roller skating and dancing. They spent many winter months as snowbirds at the Villages in Florida. He survives her. She leaves to mourn her loss 4 stepchildren and their spouses; Kimberlee (David) Dumbrell , Kraig (Melisa) McInally, Kenneth McInally, and Kelli (Sam) Herr. Also, eight step-grandchildren Kennedy, Zane, Tayah, Kraig R., Adrienne, Lyndsey, Kaitlin, and Arin. Funeral services will take place on Friday, August 29, 2014 at 11:00 am at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Saginaw. Rev. Charles Buckhahn will officiate with committal services to take place in Eastlawn Memorial Gardens. Aileen’s family will receive friends at the Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Road (between Shattuck and McCarty), on Thursday, August 28 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. and at the church on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until time of service. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider a special needs trust for Aileen's daughter Sharon with checks made payable to David Bender with 'Special Needs Trust' noted in the memo. www.snowfuneralhome.net