Phyllis W. Buchan, 78
Fairmont – Funeral service for Phyllis Wally Lou (Wedel) Buchan, 78, of Fairmont, will be 11 a.m. Monday, July 30, at United Methodist Church in Fairmont. Burial will follow at Lakeside Cemetery in Fairmont. Visitation will be 2-5 p.m. Sunday, July 29, at the Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.
Phyllis went to her heavenly home on July 18, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, following a brief illness.
Phyllis was born Nov. 13, 1939 at the Hunt Clinic in Fairmont. The daughter of Walter and Lucille (Vogel) Wedel, Phyllis grew up on the farm south of town. She was baptized and confirmed at United Methodist Church and graduated from Fairmont High School in 1957.
She married her high school sweetheart, Charles W. Buchan on Nov. 16, 1957. They lived around the area, until they began full-time farming near East Chain. There she played the No. 1 support role, working in the field, caring for pigs, running for parts and making lunch boxes.
Early in their marriage, Phyllis worked at Wallace’s department store, was a member of the Merrymakers club, an adult leader for the Silver Lake 4-H Club and was involved in the women’s auxiliary of the Martin County Pork Producers, called the Porkettes.
Phyllis began her second career working at Shoemakers Jewelry and later Thompson Haugen Jewelry store, before retiring in 2011. Her jewelry store friends became her second family.
She loved sweets and made sure that nobody went home hungry, or left without a hug. She and Chuck enjoyed snowmobile and camping trips, playing in their 500 card clubs, road trips especially to Duluth and Yellowstone and simply being together. Her greatest treasures were those who called her, “Mom, Grandma, and MeMe.”
Those left to cherish Phyllis’s memory include daughter, Karla (Mark), of East Chain; granddaughters, Kristin (Josh) Engelmann, of Annandale, Miranda (Mark) Reiman, of Cozad, Nebraska; grandson Lukus (Maggie) Malo, of Fairmont; great-grandchildren, Carson, Brooklyn, Cassidy, Mckenna, Nora and Laney Reiman, and Luther and Lucy Malo; sister, Evelyn (Merle) DeBoer, of Fairmont, her daughter, Cindy (Brian); sisters-in-law, Kari Wedel, of Welcome; Rosalie (Larry) Christensen, of Osage Beach, Missouri, and their children, Cindy and Miles; Janet (Richard) Anderson, of Armstrong, and their children, Derek, Travis and Holly; Ann Buchan, of Outing and her sons, Doug, Jeff, Charlie and Kevin; many other relatives and friends.
In addition to her parents, Walter and Lucille Wedel, and her son, Robert Buchan, Phyllis was also preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Charles Buchan; her brother, Lloyd Wedel and her brothers-in-law, Donald DeBoer and Gerald Buchan. www.lakeviewfuneralhome.net