Bernice M. “Baila” Bender, 95


SAUNDERSTOWN – Bernice M. “Baila” Bender died December 1. She was born in Providence May 18, 1918, to the late Joseph andA Anna (Horowitz) Polofsky.  She is survived by Edward, her husband of 62 years, beloved daughter Ann and son-in-law J. Barry Miller of Saunderstown, dear sister Sheila Polofsky of Providence, sisters-in-law Charlotte and Donna Polofsky, many nieces and nephews who called her “Auntie Gramma.” She was the grandmother of Derek H. Miller.

She was predeceased by her siblings Harry, Gordon and Michael Polofsky and Alice Harris.

She was a founding member of Temple Sinai, past board member, sisterhood, senior organizer and volunteer at Miriam Hospital.  She was honored as “Jewish Family of the Year,” 1999. Her careers included beauty consultant for L’oreal of Paris, manager RI Blood Bank, Sullivan and Clark management recruiter, and owner Bender’s Pharmacy.

Funeral services will be held Friday, December 20 at 10:30 a.m. in Temple Sinai, 30 Hagen Ave., Cranston. Shiva will be observed at her late residence, 142 Walmsley Lane, Saunderstown, Saturday 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.