Rosalie H. Buch, 75
Dec. 5, 1939 — Oct. 24, 2015

Rosalie H. BuchRosalie H. Buch, 75, of Germantown, passed away peacefully with her family by her side Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, after a brief illness at The Kathy Hospice in West Bend.

Rosalie was born Dec. 5, 1939, in Mayville. She was born to the late Clarence and Ella Walter of Slinger. On Aug. 30, 1958, Rosalie was united in marriage to Robert R. Buch at St. Peters Catholic Church, Slinger.

Rosalie graduated summa cum laude from Saginaw Valley State College in 1977 where she received her degree in social science. Following the completion of her undergraduate degree, she attended Central Michigan University where she also received certification as a special education teacher. She taught for 20-plus years in Midland, Michigan, area schools as a special education and elementary grade teacher. After retiring from teaching, Rosalie volunteered in a local Head Start program. She felt passionately about the importance of very early education and was an advocate of the school free lunch program. She was often quoted as saying: “You can’t teach a child who has an empty tummy.”

Rosalie is survived by her beloved husband of 57 years, Robert; her loving children, Karl Buch of Ypsilanti, Michigan; Kristine Krigbaum of West Palm Beach, Florida; Kathleen (Ronald) Mayo of Olympia, Washington, and John Buch of Germantown; and grandchildren, Jacob and Katie Krigbaum of West Palm Beach, Florida. Rosalie is also survived by Elaine (Peter) Strupp of Hartford, John (Sherry) Walter of Campbellsport and Mark (Karen) Walter of Hartford. She is also survived by many other dear relatives and friends. Rosalie will be dearly missed by all those who had the honor of knowing her. She was preceded in death by her parents and her dear youngest sister, Mary (Richard) Keener.

A celebration of Rosalie’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Kathy Hospice (3200 Pleasant Valley Road West Bend, WI 53095), or any local Head Start Program ( would be appreciated.

The family would like to thank the staff at Menomonee Falls Community Hospital, the attending physicians from Aurora Health Care and the staff at The Kathy Hospice for the wonderful and loving care that Rosalie received.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family: 262-338-2050 or online at