Harriet F. Bachelder

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Harriet F. Bachelder, age 85, adoring wife to husband of 66 years, Theodore Bachelder, loving mother of four, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on the evening of September 23, 2023.

Harriet was born on October 4, 1937, in Burlington, Iowa and her family moved to Jackson, Michigan when she was a small child. She attended St. John’s Catholic School and graduated in 1955. She then attended Sienna Heights Catholic all-girls University for 2 years and married Theodore on June 1, 1957.

Harriet had a passion for gardening, birds, animals, baking, sewing, camping, and family. She had a VERY creative mind and loved to write children’s tales. She had a special place in her heart for children of all ages for reading and was known to the kids as “Mrs. B” and “Mrs. Bluebird”. She had a quick wit and loved to hear laughter. She touched many, many lives as she always reached out and got involved in community and church projects/events.

She worked at Wolverine Community School for 25 years, working with children of all ages. She was very involved with the Wolverine Library and a spiritual mentor at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church. She volunteered at many other organizations as well.

Harriet is preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Adah Dupuis; and her brothers, Father David P. Dupuis, Daniel Dupuis, and Johnathon Dupuis.

She is survived by her husband, Theodore; four children, Teresa (William) Campbell of Wolverine, Theodore (Penny) Bachelder of Vanderbilt, Kristen Smrekar of Petoskey, and David (Livia) Bachelder of Dayton, OH; 12 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, October 7, 2023, at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Vanderbilt, MI at 11:00 a.m. with visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m. The luncheon at the church hall will be immediately following mass.

In lieu of flowers, her family asks that you donate to Cheboygan County Animal Shelter, a favorite charity of Harriet’s, online at https://www.cheboyganhumanesociety.org/support-us/.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.

15 comments on “Harriet F. Bachelder”

  1. I will forever miss mom; she was a beautiful woman in every way and every day. You touched so many lives and loved everyone.

    May she rest in peace and enjoy her heavenly home.

  2. Julie, Tom, Kaylee & Josh Harmon

    Our family is praying for comfort during this difficult time. Prayers going out to Terri & Bill, Jenny & Chris and kids, Jami & Matt and boys and Adam & family.
    Love, The Harmon’s ~ Tom, Julie, Kaylee & Josh

  3. Deepest Sympathy to Ted and entire family. Harriet was one special lady.
    Loved her beautiful smile and her greeting to me on Sundays before Mass. Mrs. B will be truly missed at Holy Redeemer Church.
    All my love, Darlene Wade

  4. You were a wonderful woman. And always will be in my book. You definitely will be sorely missed. Rest in peace my friend and sister-in-law. My love to the family

  5. Praying for the entire Bachelder clan as you mourn the loss of Mrs B. Since I lived so far from town, Builder Rd was my second home during 10th and 11th grade. Ted and Harriet and the kids were so welcoming. I remember fondly dinners with the family and Mrs B always having snacks for Butch and I to eat. Unc’s cottage on the lake and being included in the family will alway be special to me. God bless you.
    Terry O

  6. I love and miss you mom. 💔 we had so much fun together and lots of laughs. Loved our shenanigans. I loved every minute of helping you and caring for you. You are a precious gem. 😘 Be there with open arms plz when it’s my turn. 😘😇

  7. Prayers for the whole family….We have known Ted, Harriet, and all the kids since they moved to Wolverine with the Louie Vargo family…..thru the years, we have had lots of fun together and Harriet will be greatly missed. GREAT LADY‼️‼️

  8. You left us with so much to cherish. The stories, the faithful education, the crafts and family gatherings. We were blessed beyond measure to be a part of your life.

  9. On the occasions I was privileged to celebrate Mass with the good people of Holy Redeemer in Vanderbilt, Harriet always greeted me with a warm smile, a gentle touch on the arm and a few kind words. When I came and she was not there I missed her presence and always asked how she was. Now her absence is felt by everyone. We miss the gift, the treasure she gave us and the joy she brought into our lives. She was the kind and decent woman who made the lives of everyone brighter. She was ‘rarer than radium’ and we are most grateful.

    Harriet, may Almighty God clothe you with his care, bathe you in his love and send you along with the wind and a song and the sound of the rains of the earth in her hair. We loved her well. She brought us joy. We had her for a spell and now she is God’s forever.

    We pray God brings comfort to Ted and the family. The loss is beyond enormous and we all offer our prayers and love.

    Harriet, may the wind be at your back and the sun on your face to warm you. May all those gone before welcome you home. May the angels and saints clap hands for joy and may the Blessed Mother welcome you with a bouquet of flowers and present you to Jesus Christ. May Jesus Christ take you to Almighty God who will welcome you with open arms and say to you, “Welcome home, Harriet, Welcome home. Thanks for all the good you did on earth. You were among the best I ever made. Your life was ‘a good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over. Amen.

    Fr. Pat

  10. Dear Ted and n Family, I am sorry to learn of Harriet’s death. I have many memories of
    her and you at Holy Redeemer. May she rest in peace. I live here in Gladwin at the
    Brook Assisted living and except for poor eyesight, am well. My prayers are for you.
    Grace Rowley

  11. Mike and Connie Zaborowski

    Ted and the entire Bachelder family; We offer you our sincere sympathy on the loss of your beautiful wife, mother and grandmother. She shared all her wonderful qualities with her entire parish family and we imagine with so many others as she was such a giving person. She will be greatly missed by not forgotten.
    Rest in peace in God’s Kingdom, Harriet.
    Mike and Connie Zaborowski

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