Mary Elizabeth (Douglas) Buch, age 95, died peacefully Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, at her home in Augustana Regent, Burnsville.
A Celebration of Life service will take place Saturday, Feb. 10 at 11 a.m. at Delano United Methodist Church, 3310 County Line Rd. SE. Private interment will take place Friday, Feb. 9 at Kreidler Cemetery.
Visitation will be Thursday, Feb. 8 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.
Memorials to Delano United Methodist Church or Delano United Methodist Women are preferred.
Arrangements are with the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.
Mary was born April 9, 1922, in Montrose, to Wilmot and Annie (Mumm) Douglas. She grew up with her parents and three older siblings on a farm just outside Montrose.
Mary graduated from Montrose High School at the age of 16, and then attended the Minnesota School of Business.
She married Richard Buch Aug. 23, 1941. They had five children: Barbara, Diane, Jean, Kenny and Kathie.
The family made their home on a farm near Delano until 1957, when they moved into town.
Mary worked 27 years for the Delano Post Office, first as a substitute rural route carrier, and then as postal clerk.
After her husband, Richard died in 1979, she lived independently until shortly before her death. Mary lived in Delano until December 2015, when she moved to Augustana Regent, Burnsville, to be closer to her children.
She traveled extensively, and loved to read, garden, and have coffee with her friends at Coburn’s. Most of all, she loved to spend time with her family.
Mary was a faithful member of the Delano Methodist Church for over 70 years, serving in many capacities. She delivered Meals on Wheels for 25 years. She had great compassion for others, loved life, and lived it to the fullest.
A loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend to many, her warm smile and sense of humor will be deeply missed.
In addition to her husband, Richard, Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Wilmot and Annie Douglas; a son, Kenneth Buch; her brothers, Donald and David Douglas; and her sister, Margaret Esala.
She is survived by her four remaining children: Barbara (Bruce) Nelson, Diane (Barry) Bain, Jean Bartlett, and Kathleen (Bob) Majerus; 12 grandchildren: Christine (John) Filippi, John (Colleen) Bain, Lara (Stephen) Schreck, Andrew (Bethany) Schiebler, Jennifer (Jonathan) Taylor, Stephen (Jenny) Bain, Linda (Wesley) Briscoe, Elizabeth Buch, James Bartlett, Charles (Theresa) Buch, Michael (Sara) Bartlett, and Nicholas Majerus; 17 great-grandchildren: Joseph, Sarah, Colin, Davis, Grant, Matthew, Ethan, Megan, Joshua, Justin, Jeremy, Annelise, A.J., Massimo, Cassandra, Jason, Brenan; and nephews and nieces.