E. Virginia Bachelder, age 89, of Mount Gilead, went to be with her husband and Lord, Thursday morning, November 14, 2013, at the Woodside Village Care Center following an extended illness.
On September 10, 1924, Virginia was born in Mount Gilead, Ohio, the third of four children of the late Charles and Ida (Lee) O'Shaughnessy. A lifelong resident of Mount Gilead, she graduated from Mount Gilead High School in the Class of 1942.
Shortly following graduation, Virginia wanted to rush marrying her high school sweetheart, Donald L. "Speck" Bachelder Jr., before he went to serve in World War II. They were married on Halloween, October 31, 1942, at the First Presbyterian Church, with Rev. Dr. Harry Finney officiating. They cherished every moment of their nearly 70 years of marriage, as they did everything together and were always hand in hand. He preceded her in death on August 21, 2012.
During the war, Virginia worked in the office at the HPM Corporation to help keep the plant in operation. When her husband returned home injured from the war, she then stayed home to help care for Don and their three children. After her children were raised, she then worked in the cafeteria for the Mount Gilead and Edison School Systems until her retirement.
A servant and steward for her church, Virginia was a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church, where she gave selflessly of her time and efforts. For the church, she was the first lady elder, the first lady clerk of session, a deacon, and a Sunday School Teacher and Youth Group Leader. She also served on the State Church Camp Council and was on the committee of the Presbytery. For the community, she volunteered at the Morrow County Hospital on the couples TWIG, and was a cub scout den mother for her sons and their friends.
Having a passion for cooking, Virginia put her heart and soul into the cookbook she authored, family favorites, which is a compilation of the many recipes she tried to perfect over the years. Spoiling her family, she had dinner ready for them every night at a set time, and she went above and beyond to make special holiday meals for everyone.
Finding the hobby of stained glass later in life, Virginia and Don enjoyed making stained glass gifts to share with his family and friends. They made everything from lamp shades and window pieces, to OSU memorabilia, Mount Gilead pen sets, and special items decorated in her favorite color of blue for their home.
Always keeping busy, Virginia lived a life of devotion to her church, community, family and extended family.
She will be dearly missed by her three children: Michael (Nancy) Bachelder of Mount Gilead, Nicklos (Pam) Bachelder of Bradenton, Florida, and Bonnie (Dr. Max) Heimlich of The Woodlands, Texas; four grandchildren: Kirsten and Kohle (Rita) Heimlich, and Nicklos II (Beth) and Haley Bachelder; one great-grandchild, Wesley Bachelder; a brother, John (Alice) O'shaughnessy of Orient, North Carolina; and several nieces and nephews.
Including her husband and parents, Virginia was preceded in death by two sisters: Mary Jane (Raymond) George and Betty (William) Burton; and a sister-in-law, Maxine (Jack) Hiltabiddle.
Her family will greet friends from 1 – 2 p.m. on Monday, November 18th, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead. Services honoring her life will follow there at 2:00 p.m., with Hospice Chaplain Dave Matos officiating. Burial will follow in Rivercliff Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 55 N. Cherry St., Mount Gilead, OH 43338.
Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead is honored to have been chosen to serve Virginia's family and your private condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.