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Barbara Bechtold


Barbara Bechtold obit

Barbara Allene (Coulter) BECHTOLD passed way at her home on February 6th, 2021, with her children by her side, after a 20-year battle with breast cancer. Throughout her life, she was cherished for her warmth, strength, generosity and compassion. She had a sharp sense humor, she was courageous, and possessed an adventurous fun-loving spirit. Also, rumor has it, that she was an extremely secure confidant. Barbara was a selfless mother, wife, sister and friend who worked tirelessly to ensure the comfort of those around her that she loved.

She was the first born of three daughters (Patsy and Linda) of the late Charles and Lucy (Cook) COULTER. Barbara was born in Charles Town, WV, on April 26, 1943 where she grew up. She attended Charles Town High School (class of 1961), played the French horn in the marching band, and was also a cheerleader. She moved to Delaware and worked as an executive secretary for Western Union where she met the love of her life, Henry Paul Bechtold II (a widower). They married in December 12, 1969 and she gained a terrific husband and a ready-made family of 6 children, 3 boys (Paul, Bobby and Henry) and 3 girls (Peggy, Sally and Cindy). Once married, she immediately changed roles, to take on the task of being a full-time mother, wife and home-maker to their new family in Mahwah, New Jersey. In 1971 Barbara and Henry had one child together, Christian. In 1979 Henry retired and the family moved to Florida, settling down in Chuluota, FL in 1980. In the mid 1980’s Barbara returned to work full time in the office of St Luke’s Lutheran Church, Oviedo. In 2000 she began her career with the U.S. Postal Service as a Data Technician.
In 2001 Barbara was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent treatment. During this time Henry’s health declined and Barbara cared for him while continuing to work until his passing on 9/22/2007. She retired from USPS in 2013.

Barbara loved life to the fullest and lived it through her strong faith in God and her network of friends and family. She had a pleasant disposition and a wonderful sense of humor. Barbara had a contagious laugh and was loved by all who knew her. Barbara always went above and beyond for everyone, and she touched many lives in her 77 years. Her friends and family will forever be grateful for the memories we shared with her.
Barbara was preceded in death and is now reunited with her parents, Charles and Lucy Coulter, her husband Henry Bechtold, son Hank, son-in-law Kirk Keer, and sister Linda Dent. Barbara is survived by her loving children, Christian (Christal), Cindy, Sally (Jeff), Bob (Pam), Paul, Peggy; grandchildren; Chloe, Christian, Nicholas, Chrystal, Dustin, Amanda, Jeffery, Jared Henry, Patricia, Tammy, Wendy (Mike), Ben, Patty (Paul), Steven, Lisa, 7 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchild. Barbara’s sister Patsy (Donald Neill), and her dear friend, Myrna Feliciano and other friends and family.

Barbara’s funeral will be 10am, August 6th at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL (Section 327 Site 1323) where her remains will be laid to rest alongside her husband Henry.
There will be a celebration of life to be announced at a later date.

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