Pastor Bendler was born in Town Rhine, near Sheboygan, on the 31st of October, 1858. He attended Northwestern
College in Watertown, Wis., from the years 1871 to 1878, and studied at the theological seminary of the Wisconsin Synod,
located at that time in Milwaukee, Wis., on Thirteenth and Vine Streets. For a period of two years he served as Pastor in
Galesburg, Ill., and from 1883 to 1890 he faithfully served the Lutheran Church at Burlington, Wis. On the 13th day of
December, 1890, Rev. August Bendler was installed as Pastor of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church by the now sainted Dr. A.
Hoenecke, which chuch he faithfully served until his death. Rev. Bendler entered his eternal rest on Sunday evening, June
2, 1929, at Buffalo, N.Y. where he was taken seriously ill on his return trip from Palestine and Europe.
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