Orpha Jane Bachelder

August 02, 1924 ‒ September 03, 2011

Caledonia, Ohio

Orpha Jane Bachelder, 87, of Galion, died Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011 at Magnolia Terrace in Galion where she has resided the last two years.

Born Aug. 2, 1924 in Caledonia, she was the daughter of the late Clarence Henry and Viola Fagley Henry. She was preceded in death on Oct. 9, 2003 by her husband, Merle D. Bachelder whom she married on Mar. 22, 1957.

Jane worked at Carmel’s Restaurant and McNew’s Restaurant formerly on Galion’s Public Square later working as a cook at Galion Public Schools for 20 years until her retirement in 1984.

A very active person, Jane loved her family and traveling. She belonged to the Democratic Ladies Club and she and her husband belonged to the Airstream Club. She was a long-time member of First Baptist Church in Galion.

Surviving are one step-daughter, Jane Peter Gillespie of Las Vegas; two step-sons, John Bachelder of Mt Gilead and Merle Bachelder, Jr. of Dallas; eight step-grandchildren, Connie Schalinske of Columbus, Bill Carolyn Meeker of LasVegas, Vickie Chris Wilbik of Clarksville, Tenn., Karen Mike Kurilec of Mt. Gilead, Kathy John St. Pierre of Columbus and Sharon Craig Hackworth of Mt. Gilead; 13 step-great-grandchildren; three step-great-great-grandchildren; one sister and brother-in-law, Martha and Louie Bishop of Galion; one brother, John Jean Henry of Galion; a half-brother, Kenneth Beth Henry of Galion and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was also preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Elizabeth Henry and Esther Bevan; three step-grandchildren, Allen Bachelder, Linda Diane Bachelder and Kimberly Sue Bachelder and one niece, Susan Bishop Maley.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 5, 2011 at Richardson-Davis Funeral Home in Galion where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, with Rev. Timothy Wingert officiating. Burial will be in Bryn Zion Cemetery near Mt. Gilead.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, 445 N. Market Street, Galion, OH 44833.