Reinhold H. Barchet, 97, master cabinetmaker

January 06, 2004

Reinhold H. Barchet, a retired cabinetmaker, died Thursday of cancer at the Tel Hai Mennonite retirement community in Honey Brook, Pa., where he moved seven years ago. The former Arbutus resident was 97.

Born in Waiblingen, Germany, he served a woodworking apprenticeship before immigrating to the United States in 1927 and moving to Baltimore in 1933. He became a U.S. citizen four years later.

Mr. Barchet was a master cabinetmaker who made store fixtures and outfitted commercial interiors for the old Protzman Brothers on West West Street in South Baltimore. Family members said he built and installed paneling for banks and law offices. He retired in 1968.

His wife of 55 years, the former Philomene Benz, died in 1985.

Plans for services were incomplete.

Survivors include two sons, Reinhold J. Barchet of Downingtown, Pa., and Dr. William Richard Barchet of Richland, Wash.; four grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter.

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