Marianne Bechhold was born in New York, NY on November 4,1928 to Harry and Jeannie Goeldlin von Tiefenau. She passed away peacefully on September 1, 2020 in Wynnewood, PA.
After graduating from nursing school Marianne worked in the emergency room at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in NYC. She passed on her love of medicine to four of her daughters as well as two granddaughters. While living in NYC, her friend arranged a blind date where Marianne met the love of her life, Robert (Bob) Bechhold. They married on April 11,1953. Bob's job with TWA allowed them to travel the world, from Europe to Tahiti. They shared their love of travel with their six children, including adventures to Switzerland, where Marianne still has relatives.
Marianne and Bob settled in East Brunswick NJ where they raised their family. Marianne served as president of the East Brunswick Women's Club and also worked as a substitute school nurse. Our family will always treasure the many fondue dinners we shared on our back porch, the lobster feasts at the Jersey shore, along with the many Thanksgiving dinners she cooked for 20 plus extended family members.
Eventually they decided to semi-retire and moved to Sanibel Island FL in 1983 where they owned a popular pizza restaurant. Fifteen years later Marianne and Bob finally fully retired and moved to Ft. Myers where they had easy access to one of Marianne’s favorite adventures, cruising the Caribbean. Marianne never gave up her love of and skill for nursing by volunteering as a triage nurse at Lee Memorial Hospital in Ft Myers. She also served as president of the Lee Memorial Auxiliary where she was honored as Volunteer of the Year. To be closer to family Marianne and Bob moved to West Chester PA in 2015 and lived happily at Wellington at Hershey’s Mill. They enjoyed being able to spend more time with their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren especially when they could be together at the Jersey shore.
Marianne continued her longtime passion for bridge which she played weekly along with Friday night bingo at the retirement home. It was always a highlight when her family was able to join in the bingo fun. She also had a love for playing the penny slots whether she was in Atlantic City or Las Vegas. Her talent for needlepointing was a true gift and we always appreciated and will treasure the beautiful gifts she created for us over the years. Marianne was always challenging her mind whether it be crossword or Soduka puzzles or watching her favorite game shows Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. She was lucky enough to be a winning contestant in the 1960’s on the game show Concentration. She was happiest though when she was sitting side by side holding hands with Bob and surrounded by her entire family. Although it was not always easy getting together due to distance somehow we made it work. It was important to her and to all of us to keep our connection strong. When we couldn’t visit in person, we knew in one phone call that Mom would fill us in on all the family goings-on. She loved being the sun around which we revolved, and we loved her for it.
Marianne is preceded in death by her sister Dorothy Herlihy and survived by her sister Charlotte Walsh, her husband of 67 years Bob, her son Chris and wife Becky of Charleston, SC, her daughter Karen and husband John Jobin of Denver CO, her daughter Laurie and husband Scott Watson of Thornton, PA, her daughter Susie Bechhold of Newtown Square PA, her daughter Lynne and husband Paul Daus of Sugar Land TX, and her daughter Kim Bechhold of Albuquerque, NM, grandchildren Christina Bechhold and husband Drew Russ, Claire Bechhold and husband ErikJohnson, Bob Jobin and wife Julie, Lauren Jobin and husband Matt Atkinson, Courtney Watson and husband Anthony Scalia, Ryan Watson and wife Missy, Kelly and Jimmy Daus, Allie, Caroline and Kristen Federici, and great grandchildren Peyton, Chase, Harper, Lottie and Cece.
The family would like to thank all the doctors, nurses and health care providers at both Paoli Hospital and Lankenau Medical Center for the wonderful care they gave Marianne.
The family will hold a private funeral mass at St Peter and Paul Catholic Church in West Chester PA. In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent in Marianne’s name to: Covenant House PO Box 96708 Washington, DC 20090-6708.
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