Date of Death: July 1, 2021

Vidyaben, lovingly known as Vidyaba, was an accomplished woman and role model for many friends, family, and peers. Teaching was her passion; in the 1950s, when women were mostly homemakers, Vidyaben chose to challenge herself by not only managing day-to-day domestic concerns, but also becoming a language teacher. To pursue her dreams, she enrolled in night courses to earn her bachelor’s degree and receive a teaching certificate through Bombay University while maintaining the full time household responsibility of raising her two sons with her husband Narharilal. She taught Hindi and Sanskrit at New Era Girls High school, Vadodara, India.

After retiring from teaching, she moved with her husband to the United States of America to be with her sons and grandchildren. They visited many states in the USA and enjoyed a variety of different activities with their grandchildren. Some of her favorite places to visit in the US include the Swaminarayan Temple, Yellowstone National Park and Jackson Hole, Wyoming. In India, she enjoyed Ranchhodrai Temple in Dakor and the Temples in Umreth

Vidyaben’s favorite pastimes at home were to teach her grandchildren her native language Gujarati, Sanskrit prayers, and play games. She was truly young at heart, and leaves a legacy of perseverance, strength, hard work, and determination to pursue your passion.

Vidyaben is survived by her son Ajit N. Bhatt and daugher-in-law Dharmagna Bhatt; son Rajiv N. Bhat and daughter-in-law Anita Bhatt; grandchildren Niraj Bhatt and Dr. Anupama Bhatt; Dr. Biren Bhatt and Dr. Kalgi Bhatt; Anuraj Bhatt and Sabrina Bhatt; Dr. Rujuta Wilson amd Dr. Andrew Wilson, and great-grandchildren Ayan, Arya, Shiv, Anjana and Raghav.

Funeral services for Vidyaben Bhatt will take place Saturday, July 10, 2021 from 9:30-11:30am at Rosedale Cemetery. Rosedale Cemetery is located at 408 Orange Road in Montclair, NJ.

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