J.Chester Bucher95, painter, Sunday school teacher

By on August 24, 2011

J. Chester Bucher, 95, of Manheim, died at home Thursday evening, Aug. 18, 2011.

He was predeceased by his wife, Myrtle N., in 2005. Born Aug. 15, 1916, he was the son of the late Jonas H. and Ada M. (Peifer) Bucher.

He was a member of the East Petersburg Mennonite Church, where he served as Sunday school superintendent, elder and participant in the Paul/Timothy mentoring program. He taught Sunday school for 45 years and was active with Mennonite Disaster Service. He made mission trips to St. Croix, Ontario, and Atlanta to assist with disaster relief.

He farmed in the East Petersburg area and then worked 14 years with his late brother Elam Bucher, building many houses in the Owl Hill development. He was self-employed, beginning in 1974, as a painter and remodeler. He enjoyed gardening, woodworking projects, reading, baking cookies and making applesauce.

Surviving are a son: James C., husband of Lois Myer Bucher, of Manheim; two daughters: Trilda J. Bucher, of Lancaster; and Ruth A., wife of Charles J. Torielli, of Ridgewood, N.J.; six grandchildren: Calvin, Brenda, Ken, Josie, Kathryn and Joel; 15 great-grandchildren; one great-great granddaughter; two sisters: Mae, wife of Warren Weaver, of Lancaster; and Esther, wife of Russel Hollinger, of Mount Joy; and one brother: Melvin, husband of Alta Bucher, of Lititz.

He was predeceased by one brother: Elam Bucher.

In accordance with Chester’s wishes, the funeral and burial will be private. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a memorial service at the East Petersburg Mennonite Church, 6279 Main St., on Aug. 27 at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, those who desire may make contributions in Chester’s memory to Spruce Lake Retreat Center, Attn: Development Office, RR1 Box 605, Canadensis, PA 18325; or Mennonite Disaster Service, 1018 Main St., Akron, PA 17501.

To send the family online condolences, visit buchfuneral.com.