Helen Buche, 85, once of Preston

Helen Buche, 85, died at her home in Saint Paul on July 6, 2019. 

She was born Nov. 17, 1933, in Preston.

She was raised in Preston where her father, Stanley Nelson, was the longtime editor of The Preston Republican. After graduating high school, she attended Winona State Teachers College. She graduated with honors in 1955 and was awarded the Purple Key by the Honor Society. In 1977, she was awarded two Masters of Science degrees in reading and special education and was an elementary school remedial reading teacher for many years in the Smithtown School District on Long Island, N.Y.  In November of 1992, just before she retired, she was the recipient of the New York State Reading Association’s Reading Teacher Award for Outstanding Service in Reading Education.

She married John Buche in Lafayette, Ind., while her husband attended Purdue University, where he graduated as a Naval officer. She raised her three children through years of frequent moves to various Naval assignments, as far north as Syracuse, N.Y., as far East as Norfolk, Va., as far south as New Orleans, La., and as far west as Honolulu, Hawaii. After her husband retired from active duty they settled on Long Island where she restarted her teaching career.

After her retirement, she and her husband returned to Minnesota and bought a grand old house in the Summit Hill neighborhood in St Paul, which they took great delight in restoring to its former grandeur. During her years in St. Paul, she was a tireless volunteer in community affairs as a member of the American Association of University Women, the volunteer coordinator for the Summit Hill House Tour, and president of the Norwegian organization Totenlaget in America.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, John Buche; their three children, Carol (Jason Hawke) Buche, Karen (Don) Buche Clark and Karl (Cheryl Elsey) Buche; nephews, Michael (Wanda) Kislack and Stephen (Joseph Liu) Kislack and a niece, Susan (Michael) Kislack Torma.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Stanley and LaVeta (Mullane) Nelson and a beloved aunt, Agnes Mullane.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on July 16 at St Francis de Sales Catholic Church in St. Paul.