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Johanna C. Rafert Buuck

October 5, 2011

    Johanna C. Rafert Buuck, 97, a former resident of the Decatur area, died at 12:04 p.m. Monday in Van Wert In-Patient Hospice Center at Van Wert, Ohio.
    She was born on February 11, 1914, in New Haven to Rev. H.B. and Lydia Boettcher Kohlmeier.
    She was married twice: first to Wilfred Rafert on December 25, 1936, who died on November 18, 1963, and then to Erwin Buuck on February 12, 1972, who died on January 3, 1982.
    Johanna retired from teaching after 26 years of service at St. Paul Lutheran Preble School, Zion Friedheim School, and Wyneken Memorial Lutheran School.
    Johanna was a member of Zion Lutheran Church (Friedheim), where she had been the organist and choir director.
    Surviving are one son, Jan Rafert of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; four daughters, Mrs. Larry (Gretchen) Etzler of Napoleon, Ohio; Mrs. Robert (Eunice) Mefferd of Convoy, Ohio; Mrs. Robert (Winifred) McNergney of Spring Lake, Michigan; and Mrs. Donald (Kathleen) Brown of Decatur; one stepson, Duane Buuck of Bedford, Texas; one stepdaughter, Marcille Buuck of Fort Wayne; one brother, George Kohlmeier of Fort Wayne; one sister, Gretchen Fuhrmann of Fort Wayne; 16 grandchildren; one stepgranddaughter; 28 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
    She was preceded in death by three brothers and seven sisters.
    Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in Zion Lutheran Church (Friedheim), with Pastor Daniel Dahling officiating.
    Burial will be in the cemetery at Zion Lutheran Church (Friedheim).
    Visiting hours are 2-4 and 5-8 p.m. Friday in Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home, Decatur, and from 9-10 a.m. Saturday in the church.
    Preferred memorials are to Zion Lutheran Church (Friedheim) or to Bethesda Lutheran Home at Watertown, Wisconsin.

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