Joan M. DeWachter, 90

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YARMOUTH — Joan M. DeWachter, 90, died peacefully July 14 in her home at Bay Square at Yarmouth.

She was born July 24, 1924 in South Bend, Indiana, the daughter of Albert Leo Zeitler and Eleanor Tyler.

DeWachter was very active in youth scouting, serving as a den mother for Cub Scouts and directing a national event for the Girl Scouts of the USA. She also was known for her creation of Oak Hill Candles, which her sold throughout the world.

She was predeceased by her husband of 54 years, Alphonse DeWachter, who died Dec. 8, 1999. She also was predeceased by a brother, John Zeitler, and her sisters, Nancy Beeman and Peggy Kline.

She is survived by her daughter, Linda Brown, and her husband, James Brown; her son, James DeWachter, and his wife, Mary Willson; and her son, Robert DeWachter.

DeWachter’s family extends thanks to the staff at Bay Square at Yarmouth, who lovingly provided care for her over the past three years.

No visitation was scheduled. A private graveside service will be held at Maine Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery in Augusta.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Iris Network, in Portland.