Joan Irene Buchert

Joan Irene Buchert

Joan Irene Buchert, age 76 of Mantua, passed away Tuesday, March 12, 2013. She was born January 21, 1937, in Buffalo, New York, a daughter of the late William and Irene (Pilgrim) Bausch.

Joan spent most of her adult life in Mantua and was in her 49th year of being a waitress at the Kentwood Restaurant and Lounge. She was a proud and honest person. Joan was a hard worker. She could be very opinionated, but compassionate at the same time.

Animals were one of the main passions in Joan's life. She was an avid wolf lover and member of the Wolf Hybrid Association. Joan loved to watch her wolves swim in the pool. Throughout the years, she raised many wolves and leaves behind her two wolves, Radar and Tracker.

Above all else, Joan was dedicated to her family. Joan enjoyed needlepoint and crocheting. An afghan or needlepoint was made for every member of her family. She also liked to garden, especially her bonsai trees and plants and enjoyed repainting her gnomes and other lawn ornaments. In her earlier years, Joan enjoyed traveling and watching musicals and the theater. She was also a past member of the Blue Knights, a police motorcycle enthusiast club.

In addition to her parents, Joan was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald F. Buchert, the former Mantua Police Chief. She is survived by her children: Harry Buchert, Jerry Buchert, Donald (Diana) Buchert, Linda (Dick) Shreves, Kathy (Mike) Francis, and Cindy Neubauer; as well as her 15 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, brother, Richard (Nancy) Bausch, sister, Phyllis (Lyle) Linderman, and 8 nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received Friday, March 15, 2013, from 12:00 - 2:00 PM at the Wood-Kortright-Borkoski Funeral Home, 703 E. Main St., Ravenna, with Pastor Joseph Pryor officiating the funeral service at 2:00 PM. Interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery in Mantua.

Condolences and memories may be shared at www.wood-kortright-borkoski.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Joan's family to help care for her wolves.

(Wood-Kortright-Borkoski 330-296-6436, RC 3-14-13)

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