11/06/1930 – 11/01/2021
Geraldine Thelma (Beem) Bucher, passed away on November 1, 2021, just days away from her 91st birthday, at the Southern Oregon Friends of Hospice, Celia’s House, in Holmes Park. Gerry lived in the Rogue Valley since 1955, when she, her husband Ernie, and infant daughter Tresa, came to Medford. When sons Ron Bucher and Gerald Bucher, arrived, she became an industrious homemaker. Geraldine was a loving mother and wife, adored by her family.
Gerry started life in South Dakota. She was born in Rapid City and was raised in nearby Hill City. When WWII moved the family west, Gerry graduated from Marshfield High School, in Coos Bay, Oregon. She moved to Brookings where she worked at Hanscom’s, then as a medical assistant with a local doctor and finally at Diebold Lumber Company, where she met Ernest Bucher and where they started their 67 years of marriage.
Gerry and Ernie were truly best friends, and raised their family, recreated, worshipped and traveled together. Gerry was game for any new experience and they water skied, snow skied, camped, backpacked, hunted, and fished the ocean and mountain lakes and streams, all with their family in tow. They shared their lessons from the Great Depression, imparting the skills and love of growing a garden, preserving the fresh picked veggies and fruit from their trees. They raised a family of mountaineers who are all most comfortable in the forest, hunting for mushrooms or walking a trail. Gerry was instrumental in teaching all her grandchildren how to fish and how to live as upstanding young men and women.
Gerry and Ernie began worshipping at Eastwood Baptist Church when they first arrived in the Rogue Valley, and the parishioners formed strong bonds that last to this day. Gerry sang in the choir, with a beautiful soprano voice, taught Sunday school, youth group, nursery, and vacation Bible school. One of her proudest moments was being named “Mother of the Year” by Pastor Vic Bala. She loved to cook, and her growing family of children, grandchildren and great grandchildren always headed to her cookie jar, or the refrigerator when first arriving for a visit. Care packages were sent to all of us while in college or away from home for any duration.
Geraldine began working out of the home in the late 1960’s, as a retail clerk at Newberry’s Department Store. Before she retired, she had touched the lives of many Medford residents, and stories are still told of the way she was able to affect someone’s heart with her kindness, infectious mile, and generous spirit. Geraldine was, quite simply, an earth angel. She was the first to hug and would gently hold our faces in one of her deep and loving embraces. She was unabashedly proud of her children and grandchildren. Her affection and love were the glue for our family, and we will miss her immensely.
Gerry is survived by her husband, Ernest Bucher, daughter Tresa Jarel (Richard), grandchildren Chris King and Kyla King; son, Gerald Bucher (Chris), granddaughter Laurel Bucher; stepson Steve Bucher (Meg) and step grandchildren Jason Bucher, Tracy McKinley-Lux (Kyle), and Shelby Weber (Anthony). She was preceded in death by her son, Ronald Bucher (Pat). His children are Leslie Pearson (Brady), Jared Bucher, and Rachel King (Geramy).
A memorial service for Geraldine will be held in the spring of 2022 at Eastwood Baptist Church and she will be interned at Eagle Point Veterans Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations to Southern Oregon Friends of Hospice, Celia’s House in Holmes Park.