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Heather B. Smelser
Date of Death: December 8, 2019
Anon
Shannon Orr
Lynnie Dalton
Billy Smelser
Kay Clem
John Ericson
The Georgia’s...Cos, Anita, Christina and Celena.
Kendall Harris
KaseyCampbell-Messer
Tina Smith
Jake and Cindy Aston
Kara Parker
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Middletown Fire Department
7855 Main Street
Middletown, Virginia
Sunday 12/15, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Memorial contributions may be made to:

Middletown Fire Department
P.O. Box 111
Middletown, Virginia 22645

UVA Health Foundation
P.O. Box 800773
Charlottesville, Virginia 22908-0773

Heather Jane Bachschmid Smelser, 54, of Middletown, Virginia, passed away on Sunday, December 8, 2019, at Winchester Medical Center. Ms. Smelser was born in 1965, in Cheyenne, Wyoming, the daughter of Edward Bachschmid and the late Judith K. Bachschmid. She was a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education …
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Anon left a message on December 27, 2019:
Just now finding out about her passing. So sorry Audra and family
J. Darryl Mondrey left a message on December 26, 2019:
It is with a heavy heart that I write this message. Heather and I attended Virginia Commonwealth University together. What I remember most about her is her smile and ever optimistic outlook on life. She always seemed to make those she came in contact with a better person. I know I am a better person as a result of our friendship. We lost track of one another over the years but reconnected through email as she was retiring from teaching. I learned of her illness but she assured me she would be just fine. I wish I had continued to reach out and let her know how much I appreciated her. She was truly one of the special ones. All she ever wrote about was her girls, her family and her love of teaching. Heaven has definitely gained a new angel. Rest in peace my friend and I hope to see you again some day.
Abigail Ervin left a message on December 18, 2019:
I love you, Mommy. Forever.
Shannon Orr left a message on December 17, 2019:
May your light continue to shine through those who love you!
Lynnie Dalton left a message on December 15, 2019:
In memory of Heather B. Smelser, Lynnie Dalton lit a candle
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Billy Smelser left a message on December 14, 2019:
Love you.
Barry L Bowser left a message on December 13, 2019:
Heather was a 'second' mom to our son Bryan. She was on a break from teaching with Abigail and was kind enough to take on an extra little one. I would pick him up each afternoon after work. Mary and I were so grateful that we had such a loving 'mom' to leave our very first child with. Total peace of mind. What a gift to 'nervous' first-time parents. We are so sad with Heather's passing, but she will always live on in our family's memory. All our love to the girls. Barry and Mary
Melissa Baldo left a message on December 13, 2019:
Heather had a smile that was contagious! A friend to ALL! We will miss you! 😊
Mary Kadera left a message on December 12, 2019:
Heather was my cousin. She was the oldest of the group of us and as we grew up, we ran as a pack during family gatherings and she was our ringleader. Heather was full of fun and I will always remember her big, generous laughter. She was a natural born teacher, devoted mom, and good friend to many. Our family is heartsick to have lost her, especially so close to her transplant. My heart goes out especially to her three girls, to her brother (my cousin Jeff), and my Uncle Ed, who lost his wife only months ago, also to leukemia. Please hold them in your prayers.
Kay Clem left a message on December 12, 2019:
I’m so sorry to hear of Heather’s passing. We enjoyed many good times teaching together at Middletown. Her loss weighs heavy on my heart, and she will be greatly missed.
Linda Bartlett left a message on December 12, 2019:
Heather and I taught first grade together many years ago at Boyce Elementary. I remember her as a patient, kind, and creative teacher who was always there for the students. My heartfelt sympathy to her daughters, grandchildren, father, and brother and extended family.
John Ericson left a message on December 12, 2019:
Abigail, Anna,Audra, your old pastor is praying for you and crying with you! Your Mom was so proud of you! She was very special to our family. Much love from the Ericsons
The Georgia’s...Cos, Anita, Christina and Celena. left a message on December 11, 2019:
To Billy, and The Girls - Abigail, Anna, Audra and Family: We are very sorry for your loss. Heather is such a beautiful soul; to be celebrated in this world and welcomed in heaven❗️ We love you all ❤️ God bless The Georgia’s
Kendall Harris left a message on December 11, 2019:
In memory of Heather B. Smelser, Kendall Harris lit a candle
KaseyCampbell-Messer left a message on December 11, 2019:
Heather touched so many hearts, young and old. Prayers for her family and all those hearts. A wonderful person and friend missed by so many.
Brian Messer left a message on December 11, 2019:
Abigail, Anna and Audra, I am so sorry to see that Heather passed away. I just spoke with her last Thursday about coming by to visit as I was in town this week. Her and Billy were married the same day as me and they were our neighbors at that time. I have kept in touch with her over the years and I am heartbroken to hear of her passing. All of you and your extended families are in my prayers. Heaven has truly gained another Angel.
Tina Smith left a message on December 11, 2019:
A remarkable woman who fought a courageous battle. Deepest sympathies to her daughters and grandchildren. May you find solace in knowing she is at peace now.
Jake and Cindy Aston left a message on December 11, 2019:
Audra so sorry for your loss and we love you 😘❤️
Kara Parker left a message on December 11, 2019:
My heart breaks to lose you, sweet friend! Yet I rejoice that you are with Jesus and suffer no more! I’ll miss and love you always!
delaney disque left a message on December 11, 2019:
always my favorite teacher!! will be missed!!!
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Kathleen Turner left a message on December 11, 2019:
You were like a big sister, Heather. A life of service, persistence, humor, and love - too short, but well-lived. I miss you already, lady! Love, Kathleen
Dale Disque left a message on December 10, 2019:
Our whole family is in shock and so sorry to hear this sad news. Such a sweet soul, enjoyed many Middletown Christmas parades from the front yard. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this most difficult time.
Donna Facemire left a message on December 10, 2019:
In memory of Heather B. Smelser, Donna Facemire lit a candle
Sasha left a message on December 10, 2019:
I’m so sorry to see a beautiful person go so soon! I can only send love and light to your family! You will be in everyone’s thoughts and prayers!
Pam White left a message on December 10, 2019:
My Dear Heather heaven got a special angel. I will miss you. Now you have a new body in Christ. I will always remember your kindness and smile. So glad I got to talk to you last week you never gave up. I love you and I will see you one day again.
Brandy taylor left a message on December 10, 2019:
I will never for get you i loved having you as my teacher
Tammy Haas left a message on December 10, 2019:
Sending prayers for your family
Katelyn Ryder left a message on December 10, 2019:
In memory of Heather B. Smelser, Katelyn Ryder lit a candle
MARILYN & KELLY FULTZ left a message on December 10, 2019:
Heather truly had a heart of gold. She loved her family very much. What I remember most is that she truly loved Jesus. Her faith was very strong and she wasn't afraid to share her love for the Lord. I enjoyed the little talks we had in the past about our girls and her faith. My thoughts and prayers are with her girls and family. A person that departs from this earth never truly leaves, for they are still alive in our hearts and minds, through us, they live on. Please accept our condolences, Heather will not be forgotten.
Carl Aston left a message on December 10, 2019:
In memory of Heather B. Smelser, Carl Aston lit a candle
Ravin Smallwood left a message on December 10, 2019:
In memory of Heather B. Smelser, Ravin Smallwood lit a candle
Stasia Kendrick Morefield left a message on December 10, 2019:
Rest in Peace sweet Heather. Praying that your family will recieve comfort and peace knowing that you are no longer suffering. You were an amazing woman, educator, mother and friend. To Abby, Anna and Audra I can't tell you how sorry I am that you have lost your mother just hold on to all of the beautiful memories you shared with her. Hugs to all of you girls and the rest of your family.
Amy Gray left a message on December 10, 2019:
In memory of Heather B. Smelser, Amy Gray lit a candle
Ella Gray left a message on December 10, 2019:
Ms. Smelser was my kindergarten teacher and also a second mom to me growing up. I thank her for all the love and laughter she brought into this world, she will be deeply missed by myself and many others.
Alicia Crawfors left a message on December 10, 2019:
In memory of Heather B. Smelser, Alicia Crawfors lit a candle
Omps Funeral Home left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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