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Mr. and Mrs. John E. Bender, Mountain Top, will celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary tomorrow. They were married Aug. 20, 1977, in the Presbyterian Church of Mountain Top by the Rev. Eric Fagans.

Mrs. Bender is the former Kimberly Hopkins, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. James S. Hopkins. She retired from Crestwood School District as a speech and language pathologist in 2009. For her wedding, Mrs. Bender was attired in her mother's wedding gown.

Mr. Bender is the son of Shirley Bender, Coal Township, and the late John R. Bender. He retired from Crestwood School District in 2002, where he was band director for 11 years and an instrumental music teacher. Following the wedding ceremony, the newlyweds were surprised by the Crestwood Marching Band outside of the church. The students played several musical selections.

Mr. and Mrs. Bender are the parents of two daughters, Kate Ashley, a doctor of pharmacy student at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and Courtney Ann, a beverage supervisor at Mohegan Sun Pocono Downs and a student at College Misericordia pursuing a degree in business management.

The Benders celebrated their anniversary with a fabulous two-week vacation to Oahu and Maui, Hawaii.

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