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                                                       Vera Babich Hatcher


Vera died peacefully and transitioned into Eternal Life on June 12, 2024 in her 102nd year.  She was born in South Coatesville on October 7th, 1922 the fifth and youngest child of Dimitry W. & Irene S. Babich, both immigrants from Ukraine.  She resided in the Coatesville area her whole life, most recently at Harrison House, and was happily married for 20 plus years to Ben R. Hatcher who passed in 1986.  She was pre deceased by her brothers Samuel, George, Nicholas and Alexander as well as nephew Robert.


She was a member of the first graduating class of Scott High School in 1941.  Quickly she joined the ranks of “Rosie the Riveters” with employment assembling artillery shell fuses at Truimph Munitions in Elkton, Md and then in Lukens Steel during the war years.  She was a bookkeeper at Cardinal Cottons for over 30 years. She lived on a large farm and was called upon to take up the farm chores when injury prevented her husband from carrying bales of hay to feed the livestock.  But she refused to clean out the barn stalls.  


A member of St Nicholas Orthodox Church, she was the head of parish council for many years as well as the choir.  She was also a member of various social organizations and enjoyed traveling in the States as well as internationally.  


She is survived by nieces and nephews, including Larry & Chris, Drew & Adam Babich as well as many lifelong friends who were devoted to her as their loving “Aunt Vera”.  In the Slavic tradition we proclaim: Memories Eternal Vera!


Funeral service will be held on Wednesday June 19, 2024 at the Maclean-Chamberlain Funeral Home with a visitation starting at 10:00 AM and the service starting at 11:00 AM.  Burial will follow the service at St. Nicholas Orthodox Cemetery in Coatesville.


In lieu of flowers, please make donations in her memory to St Nicholas Orthodox Church, 11 Oak St, Coatesville PA 19320. 

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