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Harriett Ann Bechtle, 67, Ottawa, died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013.  

Memorial services are planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at the First United Methodist Church, Ottawa. The family will meet with friends from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church. Inurnment will be at Highland Cemetery, Ottawa.

She was born Thursday, Aug. 16, 1945, in Ottawa, the daughter of Chester Nathan and Gertrude Alvena (Wendorff) Bechtle.

She has lived in Ottawa since 2007, moving from La Cygne. During her career, she lived in many locations, including Shawnee Mission, Council Bluffs, Iowa, and many small Kansas towns.

Harriett attended Ottawa schools, graduating from Ottawa High School in 1963. She attended two years at Ottawa University and later graduated from Emporia State University in 1967 with a Bachelor of Science degree in education. In 1971, she graduated from the University of Kansas with a master’s degree in education, focusing on special education. In 1984, she graduated from St. Paul School of Theology, in Kansas City, Mo., with a master’s of divinity degree.

Harriett retired as an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church in 2010. During her career, she worked as an elementary school teacher in the Shawnee Mission school district from 1967 to 1970. For 10 years, she worked with emotionally disturbed children at Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa, from 1971 to 1981. Harriett was active in the life of the Broadway United Methodist Church, Council Bluffs, Iowa, where she was recommended for ordained ministry. After graduating from the St. Paul’s School of Theology in 1984, she was ordained as an elder in 1987. She then served as pastor in nine churches in the Five Rivers district, including Trinity United Methodist Church of Ottawa and Richmond United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Chester and Gertrude Bechtle.

Survivors include two brothers, Duane Bechtle, Independence, and David Bechtle and wife, Audrey, Lone Jack, Mo.; and many nieces and nephews.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Franklin County Habitat for Humanity through Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory St., Ottawa KS 66067.  

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