Monday, November 2, 2009

Mary Ann Bucheger, Requiescat in pace

Our eldest member of the Institute of Saint Joseph died last week. Her Mass of Christian Burial was on Saturday, October 31. We recommend to the charity of your prayers the soul of Mary Ann Bucheger.

Mary Ann was a consecrated Lay Member of the Institute of Saint Joseph, belonging to the Annunciation Fraternity. She was in effect, a consecrated widow. She was a wife and mother of 13 children. In her later years, after her husband's death, she joined our Public Association of the Faithful and lived as a consecrated member for many years.

She was a quiet, joyful, dedicated and happy soul. We feel the loss of her earthly presence but know that she, as a faithful servant, has seen the Lord Jesus and will know the joy of His Kingdom. But we still ask for your prayers. None of us knows if we are fully ready to enter into His Kingdom. And so it is a great act of charity to pray for all of the dead, no matter how we may think of their lives on earth. God Alone knows all. And so we pray, "Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she and the all the souls of the faithful departed, rest in peace. Amen."

This is her obituary:

Mary Ann Bucheger, 87, of 10520 Cty Hwy S, Chippewa Falls, town of Anson, died Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Chippewa Falls.

She was born December 2, 1921 in Butternut, WI the daughter of Joseph and Anna (Pichler) Wagner.

Mary Ann married Raymond Bucheger on January 3, 1946 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Butternut.

She was a very devoted member of Sacred Heart Church in Jim Falls where she was an active member of the choir, St. Marie Circle and St. Joseph’s Institute. She enjoyed gardening, making jams and jellies, and hearing about the activities of her family, to which she was very dedicated. We will miss you Mom.

She is survived by: four sons, Francis R. (Vicky), Charles J. (Pauline), Patrick F. (Donna) all of Chippewa Falls and Terence A. (Cheryl) of Pewaukee; seven daughters, Jane (Glenn) Jurek of Glenview, IL, Anne (Ed) Schultz of Andover, MN, Barbara Hedrington of Chippewa Falls, Lorraine M. (John) DeGrood of Lakeville, MN, Catherine T. (Kevin) Aubart of Chippewa Falls, Rose Mary (Joe) Cibulka of Hudson and Stacey Bucheger of Chippewa Falls; 21 grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren; and four brothers, Frank (Betty), John, Edward (Sheila) and Louis (Kathy) Wagner all of the Park Falls area.

Mary Ann was preceded in death by: her husband, Raymond on January 9, 1993; two sons, James P. and Vincent J. Bucheger; her parents; two sisters, Theresa and Rosalia; and three brothers, Leonard, William and Joseph Wagner.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 31, 2009 at Sacred Heart Church, Jim Falls. Rev. Brian J. Jazdzewski will be celebrant of the funeral Mass. Interment will be in Hope Cemetery, Chippewa Falls.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, October 30 at the Horan Funeral Home, Chippewa Falls and from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. There will be a Christian Vigil Service at 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Family prefers memorials to the St. Joseph’s Institute.


Adrienne said...

I will keep her in my prayers and add her name to my "prayer bowl"

saintos said...

May her soul rest in peace.

Each November 25 - December 25 our family does the Month for the Souls in Purgatory and last year we took it online inviting people to send us their souls, as it were. We prayed for well over 1000 people last year.

We'd be happy to have you add any names you'd link including Mary ann once the initiative is online again.

God bless you.

nazareth priest said...

Adrienne and saintos: Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.
She was such a beautiful soul. May she and all the souls of the faithful departed, rest in peace. Amen.

Cathy_of_Alex said...

I'll pray for her and her family. Consecrated lay members or 3rd orders are much needed. I don't think they get enough attention, nor is that option often publicized-as it should be. I know they are often the people who serve the religious houses-handling the day to day tasks so the religious can devote themselves to prayer and their mission.

nazareth priest said...

Cathy: Thank you very much for your prayers and wonderful message.
We had Office for the Dead and Mass for Mary Ann today at our monthly formation meeting with our laity, priests and monastics.
There is something so powerful and comforting to pray for our beloved dead; and to know that somehow they know of our prayers and love and they, in turn, pray for us.
And you are right; the hidden souls among the consecrated laity are a great blessing and witness to God's Presence in our world.
We, as monastics, may live the hidden life in a public way, but the lay contemplatives in our midst are legion...and they, with us, I believe, keep this world from completely falling apart...all with God's grace.