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Donna Mae Bucholz

Sunday, November 4, 2018 @ 09:11 PM

Posted by Aly Delp

bucholz, donna 001Donna Mae Bucholz, 82, of East Second Street Oil City, PA, died on Saturday, November 3, 2018, at UPMC Northwest in Seneca.

Born March 1, 1936, in Oil City, PA., she was the oldest of three daughters born to the late Lawrence F. Marchinke & Eleanor L. Kay Marchinke.

Donna was a graduate of Oil City High School. She was married to her childhood best friend and sweetheart Richard A. “Dick” Bucholz on Jan. 3, 1959, in Seneca and he preceded her in death in 1997. Dick and Donna walked hand in hand together on the first day of first grade and she was ready to hold his hand again in Heaven.

Before marrying Dick, Donna worked at Bell Telephone in Warren. Later as her own children grew, she began babysitting for friends and neighbors. This turned into a wonderful 25-year career during which many children learned to read, write, and play together.

She was affectionately called Don Don and loving and watching children was truly one of her life’s greatest gifts. She was a member of Good Hope Lutheran Church and the Hope Circle.

She is survived by two loving children, Marjorie Axton and her husband Ernie of Cochranton and Anthony “Tony” Bucholz and his companion Dee Tarr of Oil City; her seven cherished grandchildren, Benjamin and Lauren Roberts and Lance Axton, MacKenzie and Anthony “AJ” Bucholz, and Carter Thompson and Fayth Tarr; her two devoted sisters,
Judy Blaine and Laurene Welms of Oil City; one beloved aunt, Adeline Kay of Rocky Grove; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers-in-law, Jack Blaine and Dave Welms; and a sister-in-law Betty Ghering and her husband Dick of Butler, as well as many cherished aunts and uncles.

Friends will be received from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday in the Reinsel Funeral Home and again from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Tuesday at Good Hope Lutheran Church. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. at Good Hope Lutheran Church. Interment will be in Grove Hill Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or to Good Hope Lutheran Church.

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