Bernie was born November 13, 1919, in the Town of Peeksville, in Ashland County, the son of Leopold and Theresa (Schuster) Bucheger. He was married on November 26, 1947, to Stella Miller in Butternut. She preceded him in death on December 13, 2006, and he has missed her every day since.He spent most of his working career as a cement finisher in Milwaukee and was a member of Operative Plasterers and Cement Masons Union Local 599 for 62 years. He officially retired at the age of 62, but continued doing side jobs until he was 80 years old. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 6436 and belonged to St. Bruno’s Catholic Church in Dousman. He was an avid Milwaukee Brewers fan, loved playing cards and reading westerns.
He is survived by his five children, Karen (Dennis) Rose of Osseo, Diane (Edgar) Beay of Dousman, Jean (Jeff Gray) Norton of Neosho, Patti Baxter and Gary (Elizabeth) Bucheger, both of Oconomowoc; one brother, Robert (Luana) of Butternut; one sister, Teresa Mader of Park Falls; one sister-in-law, Dorothy Wolf of Glidden; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.He was also preceded in death by his son Neil in 1971; his parents; his brothers Henry (Mary Ann), Edward (Louise), Leo, and Paul (Florence); his sisters Margaret (Felix) DeCaire, Josephine (Henry) Hilgers, Marie (Ray) Englebreth, Gertrude (George) Moseler (Merle) Gisch and Catherine (Julian) Warren; and a brother-in-law, Charles Mader.
A Mass in celebration of Bernie’s life will be held at 11 am Friday, March 6, at St. Bruno’s Catholic Church, Dousman, with Father Ralph Gross officiating. Friends may call from 4 until 8 pm today, March 5, at the Schmidt & Bartelt Notbohm-Kreutzmann Funeral Home, 121 S. Cross St., Oconomowoc, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Burial will be at St. Joan of Arc Cemetery in Oconomowoc.Schmidt & Bartelt Notbohm-Kreutzmann Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family. For more information, call 262-567-4459 or visit online at www.schmidtandbartelt.com.