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Bender/Brack family reunion
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Pictured left to right Connie (Brack) Pitman, Topeka, Karla (Bender) Leibham, Olathe, Marvin Brack, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., Arlen Brack, Boca Raton, Fla., Tina (Bender) Hiss, Great Bend, Elsena Bender, Great Bend, Debbie (Bender) Allford, Scottsdale, Ariz., Denise (Brack) Hobbs, Lawrence, Anita (Brack) Lupton, Kingwood, Texas, Kathi Bender, St. Charles, Mo.

All nine children of Elsena Bender and the late Hubert Bender met in Great Bend, Aug. 1, for a Bender/Brack family reunion. In 1965, a plane crash took the lives of Marvin and Thelma Brack so the Benders took in their five nieces and nephews and raised them along with their own four daughters. The family was celebrating the last 50 years that they have been together as one family. The nine children, along with spouses, children and grandchildren brought together almost 50 people for the weekend.