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Vivian L. Buchert

Vivian L. Buchert, age 86 of Philip, S.D., died Tuesday, December 14, 2010, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Vivian L. Johnson was born June 29, 1924, in Snoqualmie Falls (King Co.), Wash., the daughter of Martin C. and Viola (Cunningham) Johnson. As an infant she moved with her parents to a farm near Florence, Minn. She attended grade school in District 68 and 63 prior to graduating as salutatorian in 1941, from Russell High School in Russell, Minn. As a young lady she worked as a clerk in a general store in Russell.

She was united in marriage to Loyd "Pete" Buchert on December 12, 1942 in Tracy, Minn. After their marriage, they made their home on a farm near Russell and later near Marshall, Minn. In 1947, they moved to a farm-ranch north of Philip, SmD. It was there that they raised their four children, Twila, Vonnie, Terry, and Betty. She and Pete also took in a niece and nephew, Kendra and Brad Buchert, and kept them the years they were in grade school. Vivian helped milk cows and raised a lot of chickens, having a cream and egg route into town twice a week for years, and also sold fryers in the fall.

In 1974, they moved a mile west of Philip, where they resided but continued to be active in the farm and ranch. Her husband, Loyd "Pete" Buchert, preceded her in death on April 2, 2005. She continued to reside at her home west of Philip she moved to the Silverleaf Assisted Living Center in 2007.

Vivian was a member of the Methodist Church in Philip. She made many quilts and crocheted afghans for her children and grandchildren. She also did counted cross stitch, crocheted doilies, and wrote poetry. Her book was called "Verse by Vivian". She enjoyed making yard ornaments and she crocheted about 1450 names for people which are in homes and businesses all over the world.

Grateful for having shared her life is her son, Terry Buchert of Philip; three daughters, Twila Dean and her husband, LeRoy, of Belle Fourche, S.D., Vonnie O'Dea and her husband, Jim, of Howes, S.D., and Betty Smith and her husband, Jim, of Philip, S.D.; 13 grandchildren Alan, Kristi, Brenda, Laurie, Sheryl, Susan, Holly, Lacey, Levi, Heidi, Marcy, Ashley, and Dustin; 25 great-grandchildren. She enjoyed them all so much.

Vivian also leaves behind five brothers, Vernon Johnson and his wife Berniece of Stanchfield, Minn., Merlin Johnson and his wife, Alice, of Lake Wilson, Minn., Dolan Johnson and his wife, Eyvonne, of Russell, Minn., Dick Johnson and his wife, Marlys, of Fulda, Minn., and Darrel Johnson and his wife, Karen, of Balaton, Minn.; one sister, Eleanor Kroetch of Philip; three brothers-in-law, Ross Buchert and his wife, Agnes, of Mankato, Minn., Warren "Buddy" Buchert and his wife, Marge, of Rapid City, and Ray Nelson of Balaton, Minn.; a special niece and nephew, Kendra Voiles and Brad Buchert; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Vivian was preceded in death by her husband, Loyd Buchert, on April 2, 2005; her parents; two sisters, Jane Unger and Fern Nelson; and one brother, Dudley Johnson.

Blessed be her memory.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. on Friday, December 17, at the Rush Funeral Home in Philip, and one hour preceding the services at the church on Saturday.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 18, at the United Church in Philip, with Pastor Kathy Chesney officiating.

Interment will be at the Masonic Cemetery in Philip.

Her online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com