Vilmer W. Buchheit

Vilmer W. Buchheit, 96, of 586 Fillmore Road, St. Marys, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at the family hunting camp in South Kersey.

He was born February 21, 1916 in St. Marys, son of the late Charles and Germaine Goetz Buchheit.  He was a lifelong resident of the area and attended St. Marys Schools.  He was a retired employee of the Keystone Carbon Company, retiring in 1980 after 43 years of service.

In 1939, in the St. Mary’s Church, he married Frances A. Herzing, who preceded him in death in 1976.

He is survived by four sons, Raymond Buchheit of St. Marys, Richard (Linda) Buchheit of St. Marys, Gerald Buchheit of St. Marys and Donald (Sharon) Buchheit of St. Marys; 12 grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.

Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two sons, James Buchheit and William Buchheit; two sisters, Verna Hanes and Marlene Schatz; and a brother, Earl J. Buchheit.  He was the last member of his immediate family.

Mr. Buchheit was a member of the St. Mary’s Church, was an avid hunter, fisherman and gardener and was a member of the St. Marys Sportsmen’s Club.  He enjoyed cooking, his camp and especially his family.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the St. Mary’s Church on Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 11:00 AM with the Rev. Meinrad Lawson, OSB, Pastor, officiating.  Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Thursday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 AM.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the St. Mary’s Church, 144 Church Street, St. Marys, PA  15857 or to the Elk County Catholic School System, Advancement Office, 114 Queens Road, St. Marys, PA  15857.

Tim Nowakowski November 29, 2012 at 5:54 am

As the son of Linda Goetz Nowakowski and grandson of James Wilfred Goetz, who grew up in St. Marys from 1932-1942, I have been researching my Goetz roots in St. Marys. As such, I read with great interest the obituary of Vilmer. His mother, Germaine, was the niece of my great-great grandfather (Frank X. Goetz). Please accept my condolences on your loss. Having just finished our weekend at our hunting camp in Westline, McKean County, I was reminded of my own great uncle who was still present with us despite preparing to turn 92 years young this December. What a beautiful legacy that Vilmer has left. Cherish it always. Take care of one another.

Rick Smith November 29, 2012 at 7:16 am

We were sad to hear the news that your dad passed away. It was like routine to be walking through the camp yard and see him come outside with the little white dog barking at us on our way in and out of the woods that we all love to hunt.

God Bless,
Rick Smith & Family

Michael A. Gabor November 29, 2012 at 11:26 am

To the family Vilmer W. Buchiet:

I am sorry for your loss.

Michael A. Gabor

Joe Daghir November 29, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Dear Dick and family,
I am sorry for your loss. Your dad created a great family with strong ties to the outdoors. I love to hunt grouse and I enjoyed the stories you told me of your hunts with family and friends!!
You are in our prayers and God bless!!

Jim Arnold November 30, 2012 at 11:25 am

I am sorry for the loss of your Dad. He was a great guy and it was my pleasure to know him and work with him years ago.

God welcome him home!

Jim Arnold
Marietta GA

Buster Vollmer December 5, 2012 at 8:52 am

My sympathy goes out to the Buchheit Family!
I remember him as being an easy-going man. He had a lot of patience with Bill and I, when we were teenagers.
He will be missed!!


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