ELLSWORTH and AMSTERDAM, N.Y. – Gweneth Leighton Bach, 82, of Ellsworth, passed away suddenly but peacefully on Sept. 20, 2013, at a Bangor hospital. She was born April 27, 1931, in Pittsfield, daughter of Percy Leighton and Esther Tucker Leighton.
Gweneth spent the first seven years of her life on a farm in rural Cambridge. After her mother passed away and the Great Depression ended, Gweneth moved with her father and sister to East Corinth where her father opened a general store. There she found a lifelong friend in the daughter of the general store owner across the road. Gweneth graduated from East Corinth Academy in the class of 1949. She graduated from Farmington State Teachers College in Farmington, in 1953. She married Kenneth W. Bach of Otway, Ohio, on the 28th of March, 1954. Immediately after their marriage they traveled to Darmstadt, Germany, where Mr. Bach continued his service in the U.S. Air Force. Upon returning from Germany she worked for Monsanto Corp. in Dayton, Ohio. Later she taught home economics at Garland Street Junior High School in Bangor. She lived in Clarksburg, Md., for many years, followed by extended residence in Amsterdam, N.Y. For many years she served as a volunteer at historic Old Fort Johnson in Fort Johnson, N.Y. She also volunteered extensively at the Amsterdam Free Library in Amsterdam, N.Y. Gweneth enjoyed traveling, sewing, quilting, gardening and was an avid reader of everything from novels and mysteries to history and nature. She loved to play games such as Scrabble and watched Jeopardy almost every evening.
Her death closely follows the death of her sister, Margaret Ruth Leighton who died July 6, 2013. Gweneth is survived by her husband of 59 years, Kenneth W. Bach, of Ellsworth; daughter, the Rev. Gayle E. Bach-Watson and her daughters, Jessica A. Watson and Alexandra M. Watson, of Frederick, Md.; and son, Kevin R. Bach and his wife, Michelle L. Berger, and their sons, Samuel P. Bach, Herschel L. Bach and Charles A. Bach of Surry. She was a kind hearted soul who will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
According to Gweneth’s wishes, we ask that the privacy of the family be respected at this time. Plans for a memorial gathering and reception will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Old Fort Johnson, Montgomery County Historical Society, P.O. Box 196, Fort Johnson, NY. 12070. www.oldfortjohnson.org.