Jacqueline Dubois Bucher passed from this life on April 21, 2017 with family at her side.
“Jackie” or “MaJ,” as she was known to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, was an absolutely amazing woman whose entire life was devoted to her family.
Born on May 31, 1922 in Beaucourt, France, she was the daughter of Henriette and Rene Dubois. At the age of three, Jackie and her family immigrated to the U.S. Jackie and her brother Johnny grew up in Thornwood, New York, a town outside of New York City.
She first attended school in Thornwood and then high school in the nearby town of Pleasantville. While a student at Pleasantville High School, she met the love of her life, Charles Augustus Bucher.
He was a tall, handsome history teacher who also coached varsity basketball. She was happily married to Charlie for 47 years, up until the time of his death in 1988.
Right before Jackie’s death, she expressed a desire to return to her high school and visit the exact spot where she first laid eyes on Charlie.
When WWII broke out shortly after their wedding, Jackie and Charlie moved to Birmingham, Alabama where Charlie trained soldiers in the U.S. Air Force. Jackie contributed to the war effort by processing payroll checks for military personnel.
She received training for this position in Indianapolis, Indiana at the Department of Army U.S. Army Finance and Accounting Center.
After the war, they lived in New Haven, Connecticut for a short period of time, followed by moves to Port Chester, New York and then Armonk, New York.
Besides being a loving mom and wife, Jackie was a fantastic cook and sports enthusiast who enjoyed walking as well as playing paddle-tennis and golf.
When Charlie, a college professor and author, was offered a position at UNLV after teaching at New York University for four decades, they relocated to Las Vegas. After Charlie’s death, Jackie moved to their house on the beach in Carlsbad, California.
She loved to walk along the shore, take hiking trips with a group of her best friends and travel and take cruises to far-away places. Twice, she cruised around the world aboard the Crystal Symphony.
Jacqueline died on April 21 in Ithaca, New York. She spent the last few years of her life in Ithaca so she could be closer to her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
She is survived by her four children, Diana Grantz, Richard Bucher, Nancy Compese and Jerry Bucher, as well as twelve grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Jackie’s life will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Jacksonville Community United Methodist Church, 1869 Trumansburg Rd., Jacksonville, NY. Pastor Geri Judd will officiate.
Jackie’s family requests that attendees wear bright colored clothing to this memorial service.
Interment will take place in Carlsbad, California, where Jackie will be laid to rest next to her husband, Charlie.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Jacqueline Bucher to Hospicare of Ithaca, 172 East King Rd., Ithaca, New York 14850.
For additional information, please contact Ness-Sibley Funeral Home at 607-387-8151 or visit ness-sibley.com.