Virginia May (Bachtel) Miller
Feb. 28, 1920 — Feb. 22, 2011
SOUTH BEND — Virginia May (Bachtel) Miller, passed away peacefully, Feb. 22, 2011, six days before her 91st birthday, at home with her daughter, son-in-law, and her faithful K-9 companion Buddy.
She was born Feb. 28, 1920, in South Bend, Ind., the daughter of Vernon O. and Edith (Dawson) Bachtel. She is remembered for her independence, dignity and desire to succeed. She strove to pass these characteristics on to her children.
She was an accomplished pianist, artist and by profession, school teacher, teaching fourth grade at Monroe School in South Bend.
She married James F. Miller in 1980 and they travelled to exotic places such as China, Egypt and Greece, and settled in Mesa, Ariz. in 1984. Preceding her in death are her husband, James F. Miller; sister, Mary Blakeman; son, Richard Paul Murrmann; and grandson, Robert Murrmann.
Surviving are her sister, Dora Mathisen of Chatham, N.J.; her children: Kent F. Murrmann (Suzanne) of Blacksburg Va., George J. Murrmann (Margaret) of Indianapolis, Don N. Murrmann (Marilyn) of Kerrville, Texas, Kathy J. Swanson (Robert) of Mesa, Ariz., JoEllen DePaepe (Robert) of South Bend; her daughter-in-law, Judy Murrmann of Beckley W.V.; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and her companion Buddy.
Services will take place March 12 at Southlawn Cemetery at 11 a.m.