Barbara (Cowan) Buccheri of Laurens, formerly of Roxbury, went to the arms of Our Lord on August 17, 2012. She passed away peacefully at Albany Medical Center with loved ones in attendance after battling a long illness.
The daughter of Donald and Elizabeth (Alverson) Cowan, Barb was born on May 5, 1940 in Margaretville. After graduating from Margaretville High School, she worked at Albany Medical Center as a cardio technician.
Barb continued her education at Binghamton School of Nursing and after graduation was licensed as a Practical Nurse and worked at the old Margaretville Hospital.
In Mount Vernon, Barb met her beloved husband of 45 years, Bill. After becoming pregnant with the couple’s first child, Barb decided to be a stay-at-home mom, a decision that she never regretted. She lived for her family and always put them first. A devoted wife and mother she glowed with the love she had for her family.
Before becoming ill, Barb enjoyed camping with her family, playing golf, bowling, playing Mahjongg and just having a good time.
Barbara was also very civic minded and was the Chair of the Roxbury Democratic Committee and an election inspector for over two decades. She also volunteered as an election inspector for the Roxbury Central School District. In 2001, Barb was chosen Democrat of the Year by the Delaware County Democratic Committee.
She is survived by her loving husband Bill Buccheri; two sons, Dean Buccheri and his wife Michekke, and Mike Buccheri and his wife Mandy; four grandchildren, Brandon, Ben, and Holly Buccheri and Heather White. She is also survived by her brothers and sisters-in-laws, Bill and Jackie Cowan of Margaretville, and Doug and Val Cowan of Roxbury and her sister, Betty O’Hara of Saverna Park, MD. Barb is also survived by her nephew David Cowan and his wife, Liz, of Roxbury, and her great-niece and nephew, Pauline and Derek Cowan, both of Roxbury.
She was predeceased by her sister, Mary Koloski of Endwell, whose husband Harry Koloski survives.
Calling hours were held on Tuesday August 21, 2012 at the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main Street, Oneonta from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m.
Funeral services will he held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday August 22, 2012 at the Laurens Presbyterian Church in Laurens with pastor Judith A. Gage, CLP officiating.
A committal service will follow at the Elm Row Cemetery in Laurens.
If desired, donations may be sent to the National Kidney Foundation of Central NY, 731 James Street, Suite 200, Syracuse, NY 13203 in memory of Barbara Buccheri.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Miller Funeral Home, Roxbury.