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Charlotte Bachman

Charlotte Bachman

June 1, 1935 - May 30, 2017     Age: 81

On May 30, 2017, Charlotte Bottinger Bachman went to her eternal resting place, having passed away at the Warner Center for Caring in Fernandina Beach.

The daughter of Ella Gertrude McKechnie and Charles Milton Bottinger, she was born in Port Washington, New York on June 1, 1935.  “Char” is survived by her “surrogate daughter” Karen (Stan) Newman, cousins; Walter (Carol) McKechnie, Bill (Jake) Bottinger, David (Ellen) Leary and many very special friends.

Char was an R.N. for nearly five decades.  Upon retiring from nursing, she dove into one of many of her passions, art, and while creating her art, she worked at the Waterwheel Art Gallery as gallery director and was a long-time member of the Island Art Association.  She was an artist who will forever be remembered for her whimsical watercolor pieces that can be found in many residences and businesses on the island.

She and her husband, Peter Bachman, shared their love of performing arts, as they were both musicians and actors.  Char performed, directed and did production artwork for nearly forty productions for the local theatre groups since 1985.

Char celebrated her birthday when friends and family gathered for a cocktail party in true Char fashion.

Memorials may be made to any of the community theatres in Fernandina Beach.

13 Condolences

  • Marylee Long Posted May 31, 2017 7:29 am

    A beautiful, talented great lady! She will be missed.

  • Susan Markiw, PT Posted May 31, 2017 8:33 am

    I know Char is with Pete smoking a cigareete and sipping on a cocktail whilesmiling down on all her friends. I am so glad to have known this woman for 24 years. You will be missed!

  • Kimberly F. Bedwell Posted June 1, 2017 11:57 am

    So sorry to here..she will be greatly missed.

  • Kathleen Maurer Posted June 2, 2017 3:05 pm

    A friend for over 30 years from the art world Char was a good friend. Always smiling! I knew Pete too and how she missed him. I’m sure they’re dancing together once again. Char ‘s parties will be missed too! Love ya Char. Rest In Peace!

  • Frances Wentz Taber Posted June 2, 2017 4:24 pm

    Char was a fine and memorable friend for over thirty years. She and Pete and Bo and I shared many fun-filled and music-filled evenings together. And, Char painted two commissioned treasures for us – one of our children, Elizabeth and Francis, and one of Bo and me. They prominently hang, today, here, within my office. Cheers for Char and her accomplished life well spent!

  • Shirley Quinn Posted June 2, 2017 5:03 pm

    Char leaves behind a treasure of paintings some of which hang in my home. She was a friend to all and her talent will be missed

  • Janie Wilkins Posted June 2, 2017 10:53 pm

    Char was a special and talented person! She will surely be missed!

  • Jan Bryant Posted June 3, 2017 2:02 pm

    Your spirit and your smile was a gift to all.

  • BobMcCabe Posted June 4, 2017 1:57 pm

    Many many good memories of Char, her art and her parties.
    Char-Jean Legare-Beckers-Hermans great bunch

  • Nancy & Scott Inboden Posted June 6, 2017 9:25 am

    Char will be missed by all who knew her. So many talents that she shared on the stage and
    thru her art work. Char was a true and loyal fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes which made for a
    lasting friendship.

  • Gerry Clare Posted June 7, 2017 5:21 pm

    Missing Char’s cheery face and spirit around town. Such a wonderful person and trooper til her exit stage left.

  • Shelia Davidson Posted June 13, 2017 9:17 am

    Such a wonderful lady and always there to help when a friend or Guild members was in need. You are missed and loved Char!

  • LISA Cirulnick Posted April 19, 2018 3:26 pm

    My late partner Topper Hermanson always spoke so highly of Char. His ex wife Teena Houck was a fellow artist who collaborated with Char on several community events. We had several of her whimsical paintings .My thoughts and prayers go out to her loved ones.

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