GREENFIELD, Mass. -- Erma B. (Luce) Bachelder, 85, formerly of North Monmouth, Maine, died Monday, April 26, 2004, at Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield.
She was born in Winthrop on June 6, 1918, the daughter of the late Ervin and Jessie (Hammond) Kaherl. She attended Winthrop schools and had lived most of her life in the Winthrop and Fayette areas.
She was a homemaker and housekeeper. Her hobbies included collecting teddy bears and talking on the telephone with friends and family, of which she had many.
Erma was predeceased by her first husband, Horace Luce, in 1953; her second husband, David Bachelder in 1993; and her companion of five years, Sidney Chamberlain, in 1998; also a son, Edward Luce, in 1985; and four brothers, Herman, George, Bill and Everett Kaherl.
Erma is survived by a son, George Luce and his wife, Marjorie, of Ellsworth, Maine; two daughters, Frances Millhench and her husband, Bruce, of Santa Clarita, Calif., and Beverly Welcome and her husband, Dennis, of Deerfield, Mass.; a stepson, Roy Luce of Augusta, Maine; and two brothers, Elwood "Mutt" Kaherl of Fox Lake, Ill., and Lawrence Kaherl of Winthrop, Maine. She also leaves behind 10 grandchildren, eight stepgrandchildren and many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Visiting will be held 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Roberts Funeral Home, 62 Bowdoin St., Winthrop, where a 10 a.m. funeral service will be held Monday. Burial will be in Glenside Cemetery, Winthrop.