Verna Marie Buchheit (nee Schnurbusch) peacefully passed away at Mt Carmel Senior Living in St Charles, MO. on January 7, 2022.
Loving wife of the late John Daniel Buchheit; beloved daughter of August and Theresia (Leible) Schnurbusch; devoted Mother of Sr Kathleen Buchheit, FSM, Ronald Buchheit, John (Karen), and Teresa (Michael) Orf: cherished grandmother of Daniel (Kerri) Orf, Lauren (Wade) Manzella, John Cory Buchheit and Zachary Buchheit; treasured great-grandmother of Wyatt Manzella, Henry Orf and Jack Manzella: dear sister to all her siblings who preceded her in death: Lorine (Gus) Buchheit, Walter (Virginia) Schnurbusch, Sr Flora Schnurbusch, FSM, Leon (Marie) Schnurbusch, Everett (Alma) Schnurbusch, Margaret (Eldon) Renaud, Esther (Milton) Ochs and Gertrude (L Joseph) Nanney: godmother, aunt, great-aunt, and friend to many.
Verna was born in Apple Creek, Missouri, a descendant of W Joseph Schnurbusch who built the first Catholic church there, St Joseph. The family lived on the farming land for five generations.
She graduated from St Joseph School in 1934 and was invited to came to Notre Dame High School in St Louis. Her favorite and best subject was Latin. She graduated in 1938, having had twelve years of education with the School Sisters of Notre Dame.
She then worked at Curtiss-Wright, an aerospace industry as WWII was looming. She met her future husband, John at a Perryville dance. The wedding was on hold as John was serving overseas. They were married at St Boniface in Perryville on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 1945.
They raised their four children in Florissant, Mo. She worked on parish and school activities, including being room mother. She also worked at the election polls for many years. A specialty of hers was baking bread. Favorite foods: anything sweet, especially Twinkies and Butterfingers. Card playing with a group of women friends was important. By 1966, Verna began a new adventure and worked at St Mary's Hospital as interviewing secretary in Personnel. She loved her work, enjoyed meeting people, and took delight in working to help select great staff.
They returned to Perryville in 1981 for retirement. Verna wanted to be a volunteer at the Perry County Memorial Hospital. When told it was not currently functioning, she volunteered to help resurrect it. She became "volunteer" Volunteer Director and part of the board for the next 15 years. Her first volunteer was husband John.
Verna and John loved to dance, travel and spend time with family. A highlight trip was to Europe in 1976. This included seeing Germany, now a restored city from WWII when John served in the military. John passed away in 1986. Verna has deeply loved her grandchildren (Danny, Lauren, Cory, Zach and great-grandchildren Wyatt, Henry, Jack). She would bake cookies with them, play board games and would have them come to PCMH hospital auxiliary Christmas party. She even rejoiced over a broken window from baseball hit by oldest grandson. Even weeks before her death, she loved to read to them, give hugs and cuddle the baby.
Verna loved her family so very much. She was spunky and definitely, a very sharp dresser. Weekly trips to beautician were important. She wanted her make-up including lipstick on first thing when she got up. She always loved to gather family and provide nourishment or what she would call, "slapping out some ham". She looked for ways to be useful and helpful. "Give me job." She was a woman deeply rooted in her Catholic faith. She has made a deep impact on many. Her family stands deeply grateful for the values she instilled in them.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Hospital or SSM Health Hospice and Home Care.
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