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505 We celebrate Irene Bachelder and her love for all of us

Day 505, Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021

We celebrate Irene Bachelder and her love for all of us

Dear Family and Friends,

We are inviting you to participate in Irene’s Celebration of Life service on Saturday, August 14th.

The service will take place at Saint Leo’s Church from 3pm-4:30pm, followed by a reception from 4:30-7:30pm in Burlingame Hall at First Congregational Church, both in Sonoma. During the service a time will be dedicated for family and friends to share stories and memories of Irene; we welcome your participate if you are interested.

Dinner will be provided at the reception, which will include a slideshow and several activities, including a group photo that will be emailed to all participants afterwards.

In light of the Delta Covid variant, and continuing Irene’s deep caring and compassion for all life, we are requesting that masks be worn indoors at both locations. The reception will have an outdoor eating area underneath shade structures.

Event locations and times:

3pm-4:30pm: Irene's Memorial Service - St. Leo The Great Catholic Church - 601 Agua Caliente Rd West, Sonoma, CA 95476

4:30pm-7:30pm: Reception - First Congregational Church of Sonoma - 252 West Spain St, Sonoma, CA 95476

We will broadcast Irene's Celebration of Life on ZOOM:

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Passcode: 1234

Meeting ID: 519 315 8573

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We look forward to coming together to celebrate my Mother’s life, and the love that she shared with each of us. Please extend this invitation to anyone else that knew Irene that would like to attend; we would love for them to join us.

Do not hesitate to reach out with any questions in regards to the celebration, or just to say hello, my contact information is below.

Warm Regards,

Geoffrey Bachelder


And therefore I look upon everything

as a brotherhood and a sisterhood,

and I look upon time as no more than an idea,

and I consider eternity as another possibility,

and I think of each life as a flower, as common

as a field daisy, and as singular,

and each name a comfortable music in the mouth,

tending, as all music does, toward silence,

and each body a lion of courage, and something

precious to the earth.

When it's over, I want to say: all my life

I was a bride married to amazement.

I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.

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