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Norma A. Buechele

Norma A. Buechele, age 63, of Collinwood Township, Meeker County, died Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2007, at her home at Lake Washington.

She was born Nov. 21, 1943, in Belgrade, Minn., the daughter of Ralph and Cora (Zarling) Sax. Norma was baptized as an infant in the Lutheran church in Minneapolis, and was later received in the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Minneapolis. She received her education in South Minneapolis.

Norma was united in marriage to David Buechele Oct. 22, 1960, in Iowa. This marriage was blessed with three children. Norma and David resided in Hutchinson, before moving to their home on Lake Washington in Collinwood Township. They shared 46 years of marriage.

Norma held employment with Hutchinson Public Schools as a special education para professional for 20 years. She later worked at Lake-view Ranch in Dassel, caring for Alzheimer patients.

She enjoyed taking long walks, gardening, shopping, her home on the lake, and socializing with her friends and neighbors. She especially enjoyed the time she spent with her husband, children, and grandchildren.

Norma was preceded in death by her grandson, Jacob Van Hoever.

She is survived by her husband, David Buechele; children, Deb Van Hoever and Dave Van Hoever of Zimmerman, Dave Buechele and his wife, Vicki, of Bloomington, Il., and Lori Summerfield and her husband, John, of Austin; grandchildren, Jessica Van Hoever, Sara Van Hoever, Morgan Buechele, Justin Buechele, Bo Summerfield, Chloe Summerfield, and Nicole Summerfield; parents, Ralph and Cora Sax of Minneapolis; a sister, Patty Sax of Monticello; brothers Ron Sax and his wife, Shirley, of Eagan, and Chuck Sax and his wife, Leslie, of Burnsville; nieces, nephews, and many other relatives and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial took place Monday, Feb. 5 at 11 a.m. at St. Anastasia Catholic Church in Hutchinson with the Rev. Bill Sprigler officiating. Bev Wangerin was the organist, and Bobbi Ludewig was song leader. Musical selections included: “Amazing Grace,” “Ave Maria,” “Here I Am, Lord,” “ I Can Only Imagine,” “Song Of Farewell,” and “On Eagle’s Wings.”

Visitation was Sunday, Feb. 4 from noon to 3 p.m. and Monday, Feb. 5 from 8 to 9 a.m. at the Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel of Hutchinson, and continued for one hour prior to the service at the church.

Casket bearers were Robin Benkufsky, Brad Buechele, Cheryl Cowan, Paul Cowan, Cindy Kuch, and Jeff Nohner.

Arrangements were by the Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in Hutchinson.

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