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Alma Doris (Geary) Bucher passed away on January 12, 2018 after a brief illness and a long life. She was born on April 22, 1931, in Charleston, WV. Her family, including her younger sisters Miriam and Janice, moved to Pittsburgh in 1936. Alma attended Westinghouse High, was an undergraduate at Carnegie Tech, and completed graduate studies at Edinboro State College, earning degrees in English. While at Carnegie, she joined the Lutheran Student Center, where she met many of her life-long friends and her future husband, John. She and John married and moved to Philadelphia, where Alma began her career as a teacher and John was assigned to his first congregation as a minister. She and John spent many happy years together in Erie and Saegertown before returning to Pittsburgh in 1982. During this time, she continued teaching while raising three boys, Eric (currently in Maryland), Douglas (currently in Texas), and Stephen (currently in California). After being surrounded by men for so long, she was blessed by daughters-in-law Laura and Kirsten. She loved reading, her family, her church, chocolate, and tea. She was thrilled to be a grandmother to Nicholas (8) and Charlotte (5). Her grandson has her heart and her granddaughter has her spirit. Alma played guitar, sang in the church choir, devoured crosswords, and could passionately discuss literature and argue politics with the best of them. She lost her beloved John in 1996 and her baby sister Janice in 2017. In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged for Meals on Wheels, where she volunteered for many years. Her sons, grandchildren, and friends will miss her sense of fair play, her sense of fashion, her sense of humor, and her good sense. We take comfort knowing she is with her Lord and her husband, and that her impact on this world remains intact in the kids she raised, the students she taught, and the people she volunteered to help. Her ashes will be placed next to Johns (slightly left of center) at First English Evangelical Lutheran Church in Pittsburgh. A memorial gathering is planned for later in the spring. Please add or view tributes at www.beinhauer.com
Published on January 14, 2018
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