Jeanne Olyveen Hamme Buch, 88, Timbercrest Senior Living Community, North Manchester, died at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at Timbercrest. She was born Oct. 10, 1924 in Hanover, Pennsylvania to Ervin and Birdie (Sterner) Hamme.
Jeanne attended Hanover High School and graduated in 1942. She was active in the school's music program and in the youth group at St. Paul's Lutheran Church. She grew up attending St. Matthew's Lutheran Church.
After high school graduation, she spent a year working as a secretary for the U.S. Coast Guard in Washington D.C. She then attended Elizabethtown College where she met Guy Buch. They were married on July 22, 1945, and together they entered Bethany Seminary in Chicago that fall. While there Jeanne was active in the choir and worked as a secretary at Sears.
Along with raising their three children, Jeanne did substitute teaching and served as secretary for the Wayne County Career Center's Licensed Practical Nursing School in Ohio. Together, Guy and Jeanne served Churches of the Brethren in New York State, Ohio, Florida, and Pennsylvania. She is currently a member of the Manchester Church of the Brethren.
Jeanne is survived by her husband, Guy Buch, North Manchester; three children, Tom (Jane) Buch, Smithville, Ohio, Janice (Jerry) Eller, Merritt Island, Fla., and Audrey (Dave) Hahn, Wabash; five grandchildren, Jessica (Chris Fitze) Eller and Jaime (Eddie Scott) Eller, both of Portland, Maine, Jodi (Matt Keene) Eller, St. Augustine, Fla., Ryan Hahn, Georgetown, Colo., and Megan Hahn Bishir, Wabash; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by four brothers, seven sisters, and one great grandson.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 24, at Timbercrest Chapel. Family will receive friends from 1- p.m. - 2 p.m, Wednesday at Timbercrest. There will be a memorial service at the Paradise Church of the Brethren, in Smithville, Ohio, on Saturday May 18.
Arrangements by Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel, North Manchester.
Memorial contributions may be made to Elizabethtown College, One Alpha Way, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania 17022-2290 or Timbercrest Senior Living Community, 2201 East Street, North Manchester, Indiana 46962.
The memorial guestbook for Jeanne may be signed on-line at grandstaff-hentgen .com.