Beverly A. Pechtel, 81, of Pineview Lane, Amsterdam, died peacefully Tuesday, October 29, 2013, at Albany Medical Center.
Born in Unity, Maine on May 24, 1932, she was the only child of Ralph and Erma Scribner Tweedie and was a 1950 graduate of Waterville High School in Maine. She moved to New York in 1981, residing in the town of Florida in a chalet on Thayer Road and lived in Vail Mills for the past seventeen years.
Mrs. Pechtel was employed at Richard's Dress Shop in Waterville, Stone Chimney Boutique, and later, Yellowfront Grocery, both in Damariscotta, Maine, for several years. She was also a macrame instructor, which started as a hobby and later began a studio where she taught classes to students aged two to eighty. Bev was a 4-H leader and was a judge for hand crafted items for several years at the Fonda Fair. She was a twenty eight year member and sponsor of AA.
In her younger days, Bev enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and snowmobiling. She also loved touring through the Northeast by motorcycle, where she enjoyed visiting lighthouses, the coast of Maine, and the ocean. Bev also kept a diary for the past forty years, recording an entry with a cartoon drawing that she created every day. She also enjoyed painting.
Mrs. Pechtel was a lifetime member of the American Legion for more than sixty years.
Survivors include her husband, Julius "Bunky" Pechtel, whom she married on May 23, 1975; three sons, Steve (Sue) Clauson of Windham, Maine, Douglas Pechtel of Johnstown, and Daryl "Duke" (Cindy) Pechtel of Broadalbin; three daughters, Julie (Richard) Moore of Clifton Park, Ruth "Sissy" (Mike) Brown of Caroga Lake, and Sarah "Becky" (Chip) Cook of Bleecker; twenty grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and her beloved toy poodle, Toodles.
Calling hours will be held on Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Robert M. Halgas Funeral Home Inc., 111 County Highway 106 (Corner of Route 29 and Black Street) Johnstown, followed by a service at 5 p.m., with the Rev. Bonnie Orth, officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the James A. Brennan Memorial Humane Society, in care of the funeral home.