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Helen Bender  Moss

Helen Bender Moss, 86, residing in Rocky River, OH, passed away Friday, April 12, 2013 at Normandy Manor.

Helen was born on December 3, 1926 in Cleveland, OH to the late Robert L., Sr. and Alverna (Beilstein) Bender.
As a young girl, Helen (affectionately called 'Hottie' by her family), loved spending summers with her grandparents (Beilstein) in Sandusky, often swimming from morning to night. She graduated from St. Augustine Academy in Lakewood, Ohio in 1944 where she was the president of her class. She later married the late Thomas Kramer of Sandusky, OH. Following the marriage, she spent a year in Italy, traveling and studying in Europe. Upon return, she worked as a buyer for Bonwit Teller & Co. where she used her keen sense of color, style and fashion. She later married the late Dr. Maurice Moss of Cleveland, OH and became the office manager of his thriving obstetric practice/clinic. Her love of medicine and passion to improve the lives of others found her being a significant supporter of MetroHealth Senior & Wellness Center and the MetroHealth Foundation, where she established the Rakita Moss Professorship in Cardiology at Case Western Reserve University. In addition, her decorating and design skills led to a partnership spanning several decades with Jeff Andrew of Garth Andrews Interior Design in Bath, OH.
Helen is survived by numerous cousins and friends. She will be missed by many for her gracious and generous spirit, sense of humor, love of life, and commitment to improving the lives of others.
In addition to her parents and husband, Dr. Maurice Moss, Helen is preceded in death by her brother, Robert L. Bender, Jr.

A celebration of Helen's life will take place Tuesday, May 7 from 4:30 - 6:00PM at MetroHealth Medical Center (West Dining Room), 2500 MetroHealth Drive, Cleveland, OH 44109.
Private family services have been handled by Groff Funeral Homes & Crematory, Sandusky. Burial has taken place in Oakland Cemetery, Sandusky.

Those wishing to contribute to Helen's memory may do so to MetroHealth Senior Health and Wellness Center, 4229 Pearl Rd., Cleveland, OH 44109.
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