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Betsy Bechtold

AGE: 79 • Garnet Valley, PA

Elizabeth Rigby Bechtold, died unexpectedly but peacefully at her home on July 28, 2016.

Born to the late Harry and Charlotte Rigby in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., she was raised in Kingston, N.Y. and graduated from Kingston High School. She married Bruce H. Bechtold, her high school sweetheart, in 1957. As Bruce was transferred with his job at Hercules, they moved to Cape Canaveral, FL, Cumberland, MD, and then Salt Lake City, Utah where they spent 15 years, and where their 2 daughters were raised. While in Utah, they thoroughly enjoyed the natural beauty of the area, including camping, hiking, and skiing. In 1980, they moved back to Wilmington, living in the Talleybrook neighborhood and then retiring to Bozman, MD on the Chesapeake Bay, where they spent 18 years before returning to Garnet Valley, PA in 2014. During her lifetime, she achieved a Life Master ranking in bridge, playing in tournaments around the world. Betsy was an animal lover and volunteered her time at the Delaware Humane Society and the Easton Humane Association. She had a succession of dachsunds and most recently cats of her own. In addition to being a fulltime homemaker, she also worked as an office manager for Upjohn Health Care, retiring after many years of service, then began a post-retirement career as an office manager for a financial advisor.

She is survived by her husband, Bruce H. Bechtold; their daughter and son-in-law, Laura and Robert Hagood; their 3 grandchildren: Steven Krolick, Brian Krolick, and Jack Hagood; 1 great-grandson, Greg Krolick, Jr.; her sister, Susan Dush; (George) and her niece, Lisa Dush. Betsy was preceded in death by her daughter, Cynthia Krolick; and her grandson, Greg Krolick.

A visitation will be held from 10:30-11:00am, Thursday, August 11, followed at 11am by a memorial service to be held at the McCrery & Harra Funeral Home, 3924 Concord Pike, Talleyville (Route 202, south of Silverside Road). The family suggests honoring Betsy's memory by sending a contribution to the Delaware Humane Association, 701 A Street, Wilmington, DE 19801 Attn: Layne Ross. Interment will be held privately in New York. Messages of condolence may be sent to Bruce H. Bechtold c/o Laura Hagood 2524 Eaton Rd., Wilmington De. 19810
Published in The News Journal from Aug. 4 to Aug. 8, 2016
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