O’Rourke & O’Rourke
Inc. Funeral Home

25 River Street
Salamanca, NY 14779
phone: (716) 945-4760
fax: (716) 945-4222

Charla Bach

Charla Bach, 73 but young at heart, died early Monday morning, July 6, 2020 at Absolut Care of Allegany following a long illness.

Born October 18, 1946 in Salamanca, NY, she was the daughter of the late Glen T. Jimerson and Grace Crowe. She was married to William J. Bach, who predeceased her in 1993.

She was an enrolled member of the Seneca Nation of Indians and the Deer Clan.

Charla worked for the Seneca Nation of Indians for several years, and was a pioneer in the women’s movement, being elected as the first woman poormaster. She was the first Seneca Nation Bingo Manager in Steamburg, NY. In addition, she was a harness racehorse enthusiast and a member of the Michigan Harness Horseman’s Association. She was also the owner and operator of CB’s Bar and Club.

She was an avid bowler and played softball with the best of them. She was a faithful armchair Buffalo Bills fan and enjoyed watching the boys and her granddaughter play lacrosse. Charla enjoyed her rides through the Amish country and making new friends.

Charla was known as the “master beader” of the Allegany Territory. She taught many people her passion of beading, moccasins, and traditional dress making. Her work was seen and worn by many. She especially took great pride in beading traditional regalia for her community.

Surviving are: her beloved daughters, Melissa, Glenda, and Melinda; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and her dog, Isabelle.

She was predeceased by her sisters, Diane and Carol Jimerson, and brother, Warren Jimerson.

Friends may call at the family home, 8337 Old Route 17 beginning Tuesday afternoon, July 7, 2020 and all day Wednesday.

Funeral services will be held at the family home on Thursday at 10 am by members of the Coldspring Longhouse officiating.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the O’Rourke & O’Rourke Inc Funeral Home, 25 River Street, Salamanca, NY 14779.

Burial will be in Memorial Heights Cemetery, Jimersontown, NY.

E-condolences can be sent to orourke.orourkefh@gmail.com or posted to facebook.com/onofh.