OBITUARY

Gladys Marie Buchanan

November 26, 1935May 5, 2018
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Gladys Marie Buchanan, 82, of Springfield, passed away on May 5, 2018 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. She was born on November 26, 1935 in Albert Lea, Minnesota to Gertrude Mehman and Amandus Raisch. Gladys married Ray Leslie Buchanan on October 16, 1954 in Northwood, Iowa and he preceded her in death on August 16, 2007. Gladys is survived by two daughters: Diane Williams of Springfield and Janet (Scott Hall) Dongoski of Wheatfield, New York, one grandson Nicholas Ray Williams of Springfield, her sister-in-law Mary Balvanz, and several nieces and nephews. Gladys' husband Ray was a mechanical engineer for Firestone Tire & Rubber Company. Through his work they lived in Akron, Ohio, where Diane was born; Salinas, California, where Janet was born; Calgary, Alberta and Burlington, Ontario, Canada; and in 1969 settled in Decatur, Illinois. In 2005 Gladys and Ray moved to Springfield. Gladys was a hard worker all of her life and enjoyed her job at Illinois Media Credit Union which became Land of Lincoln Credit Union in Decatur. She was a devoted mother and grandmother and a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Springfield. The family will meet friends from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday May, 10, 2018 at Bisch Funeral Home West, followed by a short funeral service at 6:30 p.m. A graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday May 11, 2018 at Camp Butler National Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” atwww.bischfuneralhomewest.com.

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Services

  • Visitation Thursday, May 10, 2018
  • Funeral Thursday, May 10, 2018
  • Graveside Service Friday, May 11, 2018
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Mike Mcquality

May 13, 2018

Diane and Family, Sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Mike Mcquality

Rosemary Sirdevan

May 7, 2018

What a beautiful mother you two girls had. I met her a couple of times and was impressed with her dynamic personality. What a blessing for all of you to have had her for so many years. I often hear that we are here until the last person remembers. I know your mother will be here for some time to come. Your parents gave the world two lovely daughters so carry on and and smile when you think of the good times you had with your parents. I know you did as I could feel the love she had for you when I met her. Tempus fugit.

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Biography

Gladys Marie Buchanan, 82, of Springfield, passed away on May 5, 2018 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. She was born on November 26, 1935 in Albert Lea, Minnesota to Gertrude Mehman and Amandus Raisch. Gladys married Ray Leslie Buchanan on October 16, 1954 in Northwood, Iowa and he preceded her in death on August 16, 2007.
Gladys is survived by two daughters: Diane Williams of Springfield and Janet (Scott Hall) Dongoski of Wheatfield, New York, one grandson Nicholas Ray Williams of Springfield, her sister-in-law Mary Balvanz, and several nieces and nephews.
Gladys' husband Ray was a mechanical engineer for Firestone Tire & Rubber Company. Through his work they lived in Akron, Ohio, where Diane was born; Salinas, California, where Janet was born; Calgary, Alberta and Burlington, Ontario, Canada; and in 1969 settled in Decatur, Illinois. In 2005 Gladys and Ray moved to Springfield. Gladys was a hard worker all of her life and enjoyed her job at Illinois Media Credit Union which became Land of Lincoln Credit Union in Decatur. She was a devoted mother and grandmother and a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Springfield.
The family will meet friends from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday May, 10, 2018 at Bisch Funeral Home West, followed by a short funeral service at 6:30 p.m. A graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday May 11, 2018 at Camp Butler National Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” atwww.bischfuneralhomewest.com.