Gwendolyn Marie Buchanan

June 15, 1924October 18, 2018

Gwendolyn Marie Buchanan passed away peacefully on October 18, 2018 in her place of birth, Rochester, New York. A memorial service will be held on November 9, 2018 at 11:00AM in the All Seasons Chapel at White Haven Memorial Park, 210 Marsh Rd. Pittsford, NY. Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Alvah Halloran & Son Funeral Home .

Gwen was born on June 15, 1924 to Marie and Raymond Buchanan. She was predeceased by her brothers and sisters; Jane Glasser, Herman and Vincent Buchanan and Constance Arnott. She leaves behind many cherished nieces, nephews and cousins as well as her devoted long-time caregiver, Mary Vascukynas.

Gwen graduated from John Marshall High School, Rochester, NY in 1942. She went on to receive her degrees in nursing with a RN from Rochester General Hospital and BS in Nursing Science from the University of Rochester. Gwen also received her MS in Nursing Science in 1963 from Boston University. She was employed in the nursing field her entire life and was especially proud of her position as a District Nurse-Midwife in Hyden, Kentucky where she attended to her patients traveling to them on horseback. Gwen served in the US Navy Nurse Corps at the Us Naval Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland from 1952-1954. Later in her career, she was a clinical instructor at Boston Lying-In Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts and finished her work life back in Rochester, NY-- having several positions in public health nursing as well as spending eight years employed at Monroe Community Hospital. After retirement, Gwen was an active member of the Florence Nightingale 709 VFW Post.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.


  • Memorial Service Friday, November 9, 2018

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Pat Gooden

December 12, 2018

I am so sorry to heat of Gwennie's passing. I knew her as a member of CSEA Local 912 in Rochester NY She was always a delight to me and I cherished her .She loved her football games , and her stories of her early nursing years were an inspiration to us all- She is missed