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Barbara Jean Bechtel

July 8, 1928 May 18, 2012

Barbara Jean Bechtel 83 a long time resident of Almont passed away Friday, May 18, 2012 at Cambridge South Health Care Center of Beverly Hills.  She was born July 8, 1928 in Pontiac the daughter of Frank and Martha (Shively) Rider.  She married Howard Bechtel August 11, 1943.  Barbara was very active in the D.A.R., the First Congregational Church and the Community Hospital Auxiliary Board.  She was an amazing seamstress and loved her flower gardens.

She is survived by her loving daughters; Randa (William) Widdows of Almont, Alice (David) Funk of Emmett, Vernice Bigger of Imlay City, Audrey Rife of Spring, TX, Victoria (Brian) Richardson of Almont, Gloria Lafraniere of New Baltimore and Janet (Michael) DiFazio of Milford, grandchildren; Julie Widdows, Renee (James) Wadall, Jennifer (Jim) Lieshman, Laura Funk, Martha (Patrick) Witham, Michelle (Donald) Ostrum, Barbara (Andrew) Ball, Howard Lafraniere, Rebecca Richardson, John Lafraniere, Kathi Jean Lafraniere, Sara Rife and Kimberly DiFazio, great-grandchildren; Sheila and Trevor Wadall, Emma and Derek Lieshman, Aiden and Brennen Witham and Zachary, Wyatt and AlexisOstrom.  Also surviving are one sister Donna (Gerald) Scott and sister-in-law Regina Bechtel, several nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved husband Howard, daughter June Marie, sisters Phyllis, Evelyn, and Lois; brothers in law Ernest, Edward, Jim and David and son-in-law John Lafraniere.

Memorials may be made to the Almont First Congregational Church.  A special thank you to the caring staff at Cambridge South of Beverly Hills.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, May 22, 2012 from 3-9pm at Muir Brothers Funeral Home in Almont.  Funeral services, Wednesday at 11am at the First Congregational Church Pastor Keith Langley will officiate.  Burial will follow at Almont-Hough Cemetery.  To sign our online guest please go to www.MuirBrothers.com

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Regina Eberhardt
Date:
May 25, 2012

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I just found of about the loss of Barbara,I would have came to pay my respect, had I found out sooner. Me and Barbara had such a wonderful relationship together, she was more than a resident to me. She was like another mother and a friend too, we would laugh together,cry encourage each other. Barbara I will never forget you. To the family may God keep you during the difficult time. You had a beautiful Mother who will live on in your spirit forever. God Bless Regina


Name:
wanda wlson-wiederhold
Date:
May 24, 2012

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I am so sorry for your familys loss! Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!


Name:
Tracy Bacholzky
Date:
May 21, 2012

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Barbara was always a good friend to my mother-in-law, Boots. Now they can continue their friendship in heaven.


Name:
Rev. Dr. Renee C. Jackson
Date:
May 21, 2012

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Dear Vernece and family, Our hearts go out to you during this difficult time. We are praying for you and hope that God's love and comfort strengthen you for the days ahead. Please let us know how we may be of support to you. May the God of peace sustain you, now and always. First Congregational United Church of Christ, Imlay City


Name:
Sharonn Black-Respress
Date:
May 21, 2012

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Barbara, Words can't express the pain I'm feeling. I'm gonna miss you lady. Your spirit and wisdom will stay with me forever. You were the heart of this facility and the resident's advocate. Who am I gonna get to replace you:( You will be greatly missed. Thank you for your hardwork and dedication to the facility. I love you.


Name:
LaKeshia Jackson
Date:
May 21, 2012

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I would like to say that it was an honor meeting Ms. Barbara. As the time was short that we know each other you wouldn't have thought that when we were together. She will be missed truely and my prayers are with her family during this time of bereavement.


Name:
Starlea Taylor
Date:
May 21, 2012

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My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Mrs. Barbara will be truly missed at Cambridge South. She was our Queen and President.


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Betty Thompson
Date:
May 20, 2012

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To Janet and her family; My thoughts are with you and your family has you go through this difficult journey. I wish I could be there for you but I will be out of town. I will be thinking of you.


Name:
Blake and Debra Howie
Date:
May 20, 2012

Message

All our love and prayers to all the family

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