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Estelle Lucille Bechtol

November 29, 1924 July 9, 2019
Estelle Lucille Bechtol
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Estelle Lucille (Paquette) Bechtol
Beloved wife, mother and grandmother
Librarian, family archivist, collector

Estelle Lucille (Paquette) Bechtol, a long-time resident of Aberdeen, MD and who lived in Baltimore, MD at the time of her passing, died July 9, 2019. She was predeceased by her husband of 64 years, Theodore Robert Bechtol, Sr.
She was born in Taunton, MA on November 29, 1924 to Charles Jean Paquette, Sr. and Alice Mador Paquette. She was predeceased by her parents and her brother Charles Jean Paquette, Jr. Mrs. Bechtol attended parochial and public schools in Taunton and Attleboro, MA, and graduated from Bridgewater College. She completed additional coursework in library sciences from other institutions, especially The Pennsylvania State University, where she met her future husband. From her childhood, she spoke both fluent English and French.
Mrs. Bechtol was a member of the Steppingstone Museum Association, the Historical Society of Harford County, and the Harford County Retired Teachers Association. Mid-life, she and her husband traveled widely in Europe and the United States. Mrs. Bechtol took a life-long interest in needlework and sewing, plus cooking, entertaining, design and history, and had several curated collections of decorative objects from Europe. She was an avid reader and enjoyed assembling notebooks of family memorabilia and photographs. While living in the Oak Crest Village retirement community, she presented an exhibition of her collection of wooden figurines from Scandinavia.
Mrs. Bechtol had a long career as an elementary school librarian and media specialist with the Harford County Public School system. While an educator, she created elaborate dioramas and puppet shows to present children’s literature to her students. Mischievous Peter Rabbit was her favorite literary character and a favorite collectible. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her most avid reading audience.
Mrs. Bechtol is survived by two sons, Theodore Robert Bechtol, Jr. (Nancy) of Silver Spring, MD and David Charles Bechtol (Diane) of Monrovia, MD. She had four grandchildren, Keith Christopher Bechtol (Ellen), Sarah Elizabeth Bechtol Saar (Skylar), Erica Marie Bechtol and Gregory Robert Bechtol. Late in life, she delighted in her two great-grandchildren, Claire Theodora Bechtol and Everly Balland Saar. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews in Harford County MD, Carlisle PA, in the Pittsburgh, PA vicinity and in New Hampshire and New York.
A Celebration of Life service will be conducted at the Oak Crest Village chapel, 8820 Walther Blvd, Parkville, MD at 11 a.m., Monday, July 15, Visitation begins at 10 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family appreciates memorial contributions to the Historical Society of Harford County, 143 N. Main St., Bel Air, MD 21014 or to the Consortium for Public Education (Bechtol Family Foundation) 420 9th Street, McKeesport, PA 15132-4001.


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Visitation

Monday

15

Jul

10:00 AM 7/15/2019 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 7/15/2019 11:00:00 AM
Oakcrest Village

8800 Walther Blvd
Parkville, MD 21234-9001

Oakcrest Village
8800 Walther Blvd Parkville 21234-9001 MD
United States

Service

Monday

15

Jul

11:00 AM 7/15/2019 11:00:00 AM
Oakcrest Village

8800 Walther Blvd
Parkville, MD 21234-9001

Oakcrest Village
8800 Walther Blvd Parkville 21234-9001 MD
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Harford Memorial Gardens Final Resting Place

3839 Aldino Road
Aberdeen, MD 21001

3839 Aldino Road Aberdeen 21001 MD
United States
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