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A Wetzel and Son Obituary for:
Violet Alice Bachmann
June 30, 1932 - June 29, 2023

Public Events and Locations

Visitation - Thursday, July 6, 2023, 12:30 to 1:30 PM at Wetzel and Son, Rockledge
Funeral Service - Thursday, July 6, 2023, 1:30 PM at Wetzel and Son, Rockledge
Graveside Service - Thursday, July 6, 2023, 2:30 PM at Hillside Cemetery, Roslyn


Funeral Home - Wetzel and Son Funeral Home - 419 Huntingdon Pike, Rockledge, PA 19046 - 215-663-8550 - Map
Cemetery - Hillside Cemetery - 2556 Susquehanna Road, Roslyn, PA 19001 - 215-884-0696 - Map
Family Florist - Blake Florist - 5 Huntingdon Pike, Rockledge, PA 19046 - 215-379-8787 - Map
Donation - PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society) - 1810 Grant Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19115 - 215-545-9600 - Map

The following tribute was written by Violet’s family:

Violet Alice (Kiesling) Bachmann of Philadelphia passed away peacefully on June 29, 2023, just hours shy of her 91st birthday, surrounded by a house full of family.

Violet’s greatest joy in life, by far, was her family. Her 22-year marriage to Jacob (Jack) Bachmann III, was blessed with four children—Jeff (Caroline), Jack (Beth), Mark (Denise), and Kristin (Mark).

When Violet’s husband tragically passed in 1971, leaving behind children aged four, nine, sixteen and twenty-one, she had to reinvent her life at the age of thirty-nine.

The model of a devoted and nurturing mother, she immersed herself in her kids’ scouting and extracurricular activities. She took them on camping vacations and interesting adventures. She tolerated lizards, snakes, and rodents as pets, to name just a few.

She inherited a love of Maryland’s Eastern Shore (from her Aunt Violet and Uncle Dick) and passed it along to her entire family by purchasing a property there in 1979 for all to enjoy. Countless good memories were made at Indian Acres that are still retold to this day.

Violet managed to raise and provide for her children independently after their father’s death by returning to the workforce. She found fulfilling work and friendships in management roles at the Teacher’s Credit Union and Suburban Station until her retirement at age seventy-eight.

As the families of her children grew, Violet’s life was enriched. She cherished keeping up with all aspects of the lives of her grand- and great-grandchildren.

She enjoyed several hobbies and pastimes, particularly acquiring new collectibles, watching Philadelphia football and baseball, beautifying her yard with flowers, shopping online at QVC and at outlet stores, decorating for every holiday, and making ceramics.

Violet’s mind, memory, wry sense of humor, appetite for sweets, and joy for life stayed strong, even when her body began to fail. Her strong desire to live out her remaining years at home was made possible by 24/7 care provided by incredible home health aides and the joint efforts of family members.

She enjoyed every bit of her early 91st birthday bash, which was made even more special by surprise visitors: her beloved sister Bette and niece Stephanie from California. Violet’s infectious smile lit up the room the entire day. Every member of Violet’s family will cherish that memory.

In addition to her children, Violet is survived by 13 grand-children: Derek (Katie), Rachel (Mike) Carberry, Darrell, Kurt (Lauren), Kyle (Megan), Jeffrey, Michael, Amanda (Drew) Beech, Tyler (Johanna), Dale, Matthew, Jake (Amanda) and Ben; bonus great and grand-children: Mark, Matt and Luke Mariano, and Kyla Carberry; great grand-children: Mason, Hunter Heileman, Ryan, Parker Beech, Emma, Liam and Nora. A sister Bette (Alfred) Joseph; a niece Stephanie Joseph; a nephew Brian Joseph; and grandnieces/nephews Lexi Adrian, and Chloe, Brooklyn, and Brady Joseph.

In addition to her husband, Violet was predeceased in death by her beloved parents Bernhardt Kiesling and Edythe (Edmunds).

Relatives and friends were invited to her visitation on Thursday, July 6, 2023 from 12:30 to 1:30 P.M. and funeral service at 1:30 P.M. at Wetzel and Son Funeral Home, 419 Huntingdon Pike, Rockledge, PA 19046. Her graveside service followed at Hillside Cemetery, 2556 Susquehanna Road, Roslyn, PA 19001.

Over the course of her long life, Violet was the best dog mom ever to 13 dogs. In lieu of flowers, donations to PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society), 1810 Grant Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19115, made in Violet’s memory would be most welcome.

Family flowers arranged by Blake Florist 215-379-8787.

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