Dorothy Elizabeth “Dottie” Bucher, passed away on Thursday, December 31st, 2015 at the age of 93. Dottie was much loved and adored by her family and all those who were blessed enough to have spent any time with her. She had a glowing personality and a laugh that was special.
When family was together, she would often sit back just to listen to the stories. Although in the later years it was harder for her to keep in touch with friends and family, she was often asking how they were doing or telling stories about them. Dottie loved to tell stories.
Dottie was very creative and artistic and loved all types of arts and crafts. She spent many years with the “craft ladies” where everything was made by hand, and with love. There are many Christmas trees in the family that have some sort of craft “Grandma” made for them. Her Christmas tree was the “shrine” adorned by most of the crafts she made, or were made for her. Every year, as her tree was being decorated, she seemed to tell a story about each item as it was being hung on the tree. And when it was done, everyone would admire it and spend time sitting with her just looking at the tree. In the later years, many of the residents and staff would go to her room to just stare at her tree, and listen to her stories.
One of Dottie’s biggest accomplishments was to become certified as a cook and baker. With that certification she spent many years in various schools in Montgomery County, making countless friends along the way. She eventually retired from the School system and often kept in touch with some of those she grew close to.
When it came time to finally sell her house, she decided she wanted to live in Virginia Beach. She often said how much she loved the area and “everyone is so nice here.”
Dottie had lived a wonderful life. As with many, there were hard times and good times. Things she was blessed to have and hardships that most would not want, or could not endure. But she persevered. Her smile and laugh were certainly contagious. She had a personality that would bring out a smile on anyone, and start a conversation with everyone.
Of all the things she loved, it was her kids, and their kids, and their families, that she loved the most. And the love was equally reciprocated.
Dottie was the dear sister of Marie (Ernie), Betty, and the late Robert, Louise and Kenneth. She is survived by her children Beverly Haack and husband Russell, John Bucher and wife Kris, and Robert Bucher and wife Marlease. Along with her siblings and children, Grandma is also survived by 14 grand children; 24 great grand children; and 1 great, great grandchild.
As she requested, there will be no service. She simply didn’t want anyone “fussing” over her and would want everyone to keep the fond memories and continue to share the stories that she so dearly loved to tell, and to hear.
She will be missed, but her memory and stories will live on forever. We love you!
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I am so sorry about the loss of Dottie. She was a fine lady and I will always remember her telling me to “slow down” and she hoped she could walk as fast as I did. Now she is doing just that. God Bless and know I am thinking of you.