Lives Lived: Joe Ann Buczkowske |

Lives Lived: Joe Ann Buczkowske

Joe Ann Buczkowske, of Alleghany, died at 4:50 p.m. Feb. 2 in Sacramento after a lengthy illness. She was 69.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at Alleghany Church. A pot luck reception will be at 3 p.m. at the gymnasium of the Original Sixteen to One Mine. Burial will be in the Alleghany Cemetery.

She was born on Feb. 23, 1940, in Chicago, where she was raised.

She married Leo “Bud” Buczkowske on Dec. 18, 1977, in Chicago.

In 1981, the Buczkowskes moved to Benicia, where her husband took a job teaching school. She was involved in the Benicia Old Town Theater Group and acted in some of the productions

The couple had made Alleghany, in Sierra County, their home for 25 years.

Mrs. Buczkowske was a homemaker and gourmet jelly and jam maker. She sold her products commercially and won more than 200 awards and ribbons from state and county fairs. She also judged jams and jellies for the Nevada County Fair.

She was very involved in the Alleghany community: She was a member of the Alleghany Lioness Club, chairwoman of the volunteer Alleghany Fire Department, chairwoman for the Sierra County Cemetery District, a first responder for Alleghany and surrounding communities, and commodities coordinator for Alleghany.

She was a beloved friend to many.

Mrs. Buczkowske is survived by her husband, Bud Buczkowske of Alleghany; son, Robert “Butch” Millay of Napa; and three grandchildren.

Arrangements are by Hooper and Weaver Mortuary, Nevada City.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to RUFF or any other animal rescue organization.

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