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It is with deep regret and profound sadness that we inform you of the passing of Christl Stangl Bacheler. The second daughter of Martin Stangl, Mrs. Bacheler was a dear personal friend and a devoted and enthusiastic supporter of the Hill-Fulper-Stangl Potteries Museum. She and her husband Merrill were always present at every Museum function, eager to assist in preserving and promoting the pottery originated by her father. Christl was hospitable and generous, her home was always open to me, whether for a prolonged photo shoot of her extensive collection, or simply for an impromptu chat. She and Merrill were always more than happy to recount their many years at Stangl Pottery, and provided numerous interviews for print and radio over the years. The generous sharing of her family experiences have been cherished by Stangl collectors for many years, and have added depth and meaning to many personal collections. Her help was invaluable to our research for the Hill-Fulper-Stangl Potteries Museum and the book Collectors Encyclopedia of Stangl Dinnerware and Collectors Encyclopedia of Stangl Artware, Lamps & Birds. Christl was a cherished friend, and will be sorely missed.
Christl was involved in many aspects of managing the Flemington outlet Showroom, first with her sister Marni during the 1930s, and then with her husband Merrill from the 1940s to the early 1960s. During that time, she and Merrill converted the old, unused production kiln in the middle of the selling room floor from a derelict monolith to a unique display area showcasing how Stangl was made.
Original Flemington Outlet Kiln display, developed and implemented by
Christl and Merrill Bacheler. this original display is fondly remembered
by many Stangl Outlet visitors yet today!
Following their many successful years at Stangl, Christl and Merrill realized a lifelong dream and opened their own retail establishment on Main Street, Flemington, the Village Deb Shop. The "Deb Shop" carried a variety of high-quality ladies' and misses' fashions, and was a popular destination known for quality, style and value. The Bachelers enjoyed running the Deb Shop for nearly thirty years before retiring in 1991.
1965 view of the front of the Bacheler's Village Deb Shop
As hobbies, Christl loved painting, antiquing and the Jersey Shore. Sadly, macular degeneration in later years prevented her from enjoying these pastimes. Following is her newspaper obituary, as appeared in the Hunterdon county Democrat on November 13, 2003:
Christl Bacheler, Scout Leader, Crafts Supporter
RARITAN TWP. -- Christl Stangl Bacheler died Monday, Nov. 10, 2003 at her home. She was 87.
Born in Dundee, Ill., she was the daughter of Martin and Elizabeth Case Stangl. She had resided in the Flemington area since 1918.
She was a graduate of Flemington High School, class of 1935. She attended Colby Sawyer College and the N.Y. School of Interior Decorations.
Mrs. Bacheler was co-owner and buyer with her husband, Merrill Bacheler, of the Village Deb Shop in Flemington, Retiring in 1991.
She was a former Girl Scout leader; a former Cub Scout den mother; a volunteer at Hunterdon Medical Center; a 55-year member of the Flemington Women's club; and a former member of the Soroptimist Club of Hunterdon County. She was instrumental in establishing the Golden Talents Craft Shop in Flemington and had been a member of its board of directors since its inception. She was a also decorator at Stangl pottery in Flemington.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Bacheler is survived by two sons, Scott Bacheler of fort Myers, Fla. and Stewart Bacheler of Toms River; one daughter, Elizabeth Bacheler of Rowayton, Conn.; one sister, Betty Thomas of Sarasota, Fla.; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held today at the Holcombe-Fisher Funeral Home in Flemington. Interment will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery in Flemington. Calling hours will be today, 10:30-11 a.m.
Memorial contributions can be made to Hunterdon hospice, 2100 Wescott Drive, Flemington, 08822.