Lorraine A. Baechtel, 84

APRIL 24, 1927-SEPT. 19, 2011

September 20, 2011

Lorraine A. (Baker) Baechtel, 84, of East Wilson Boulevard, Hagerstown, passed from this life Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, at Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown.

Born April 24, 1927, in Downsville, Md., she was the daughter of the late Raymond L. and Lillian R. (Davis) Baker.

Lorraine attended the old Fairplay School and Boonsboro High School. When she was younger, she worked on the family farm in Tilghmanton, Md., and later was employed as a presser at the Londontown Corporation factory in Boonsboro.

She was a member of the Manor Church of the Brethren in Tilghmanton.

Lorraine is survived by her husband, James R. Baechtel; her son, Brent L. Gerhold of Martinsburg, W.Va.; her stepdaughter, Darcy L. Gochenour of Hagerstown; her brother-in-law, Huffer Leon Young of Sharpsburg, Md.; two grandchildren, Scott R. Gerhold of Illinois and Kristen Gerhold of Smithsburg, Md.; two stepgrandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews and will be deeply missed by her loving companion, Snuggles.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Ramona E. Young; and her brother, Ronald L. Baker.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, at Bast-Stauffer Funeral Home, 7606 Old National Pike, Boonsboro. Service and burial will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of Washington County, 3011 Maugansville Road, Hagerstown, MD 21740.

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