Renee Louise Bucher

Renee Louise Bucher

Dec. 1947 – Aug. 2020

Renee L. Bucher, age 72, died August 2, 2020 with her family by her side in Turlock, CA.

Renee was born December 7, 1947 in San Jose, CA to Ralph Albert Bucher and Magdalene Van Perre.

In her early childhood years, her favorite place to visit was the Santa Clara Carmelite Monastery across the street from her beloved grandparents’ house. She also loved the beach, mountains, and all things nature.  She was a lover of animals of all kinds and especially enjoyed bird watching. Pelicans were her favorite.

Her interests included family, gardening, crocheting, and reading.

She was a devout Catholic and had a great reverence and love for the Secular Franciscan Order. From a young age she had desired to become a Nun and devote herself to Christ. But God had other plans for her. One of her most favorite prayers was of St. Francis of Assisi. In her later years, she was a faithful volunteer for Catholic Charities, “St. Vincent de Paul” working in their food pantry and thrift store.

Renee had a warm, nurturing spirit. She loved people and had the gift of hospitality. Her home was a revolving door to those in need, spiritually, emotionally, and physically. She was a mentor to many throughout her lifetime. A great encourager with a listening ear and the warmest of hugs.

In her early years she worked for the Santa Clara Probation Department as a Clerk. Then for many years, in the medical field as an EKG Technician and Medical Assistant. She was also a devout caregiver to family and friends.

Renee is survived by her four children: Parker Hathaway, Penny Delgado (Danny), Marcus Hathaway (Maritza), and Shawn Irey; brothers Ralph Bucher and Rich Bucher; sisters Rhea Holland, Rhonda Wilhelm, and Michelle Carter; and 10 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son Ryan Hathaway, parents Ralph Albert Bucher and Magdalene Van Perre, and her beloved younger sister Regina Bucher.

An outdoor Funeral Mass will take place on Friday, August 14, 2020 at 10AM at All Saints Church University Parish, 4040 McKenna Dr. in Turlock.

In lieu of flowers, charitable donations may be sent to Community Hospice Foundation at


  • Alyanna (Aly) Hathaway August 10, 2020 7:29 pm

    Grandma ‘Ne was a kind and loving woman who never judged anyone, no matter what they did or looked like. She was always there to listen to anyone who needed to talk and she was there to wipe my tears when I was sad. One of my fondest memories of her was watching Harry Potter movies and eating either potato or tomato soups that she prepared for me. She definitely fed her grandkids well. She’d let me go through her vegetable garden in her backyard and pick snap peas and tomatoes for myself. Another memory that I can recall is how she always gave my twin and I Tic-Tacs whenever we rode in the car with her. I had a huge sweet tooth as a child so that was one of the many things I’d look forward to when I went to go see her. That and the See’s Candy butterscotch lollipops she had kept in her purse for me and my cousins. I loved her so much and still do. She lit up the lives of everyone that was fortunate enough to meet her. I miss her so much already.

  • Richard Bucher August 10, 2020 7:39 pm

    Eternally grateful to have had some time with such a loving person let alone having her for a sister. She is forever in my heart ❤️

  • Mary Ferrara August 10, 2020 10:10 pm

    Rene was my spiritual friend and advisor. She was my best friend. She got me with my off the wall humor, and we were sisters in Christ. I could have problems, and she would find the appropriate verse or prayer to help me. She was always right on. I miss her, but I’ll carry her spirit in my heart.

  • Regina Perdomo August 10, 2020 10:54 pm

    I knew Renee for about a year. Amazing how a short time brought me to know deeply such a beautiful, spiritual lady. Thank you Renee for being a blessing in my life. I am also grateful to her family for allowing me to spend such quality time with her this last couple of months. Heaven gets more wonderful every day.

  • Elva Salazar August 11, 2020 12:13 am

    I will miss my friend, I will miss our lunch dates. We enjoyed trying different culture foods, some we liked and others not so much ,our favorite was always Wool Growers in L.B. going to the movies or just a nice drive . Great full for the memories and our friendship . I surly will miss you my friend. See you on the other side.

  • Al Ehresmann August 12, 2020 6:38 pm

    Renee will always be remembered as a kind and gentle spirit. She always had words of encouragement for everyone, I never heard her speak ill of any other person. It has been an honor and a privilege to know such a kind and loving person, her presence here on earth will be greatly missed but we will meet again on the other side!God bless her forever and ever.

  • Marta Genske Schweitzer August 13, 2020 1:33 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this special time. I have wonderful memories of my dear cousin Renee from our childhood trips to California…..overnights with cousins in the summer room at Grandma Van Perre’s house…..trips to Santa Cruz…..walks to Keily’s Market for ice cream….swimming at the Santa Clara Pool…borrowing books from the Santa Clara Library….visits to Mission Santa Clara Chapel at Santa Clara University where Grandpa taught and many daily walks to her favorite place, the Santa Clara Carmelite Monastery. Her gift of hospitality even shinned brightly during her childhood years as she was so very warm and welcoming. Renee referred to me as her cousin from “back East.” Physical distance kept us apart all these years, but she has always held a special place in my heart and prayers. I am very thankful for her love and all the memories.

    Cuz Marta…..Cincinnati, Ohio

  • I.J. Van Perre August 14, 2020 12:10 am

    My heart and prayers go out to Renee and to all who knew and loved her. She was one of my older cousins. So we didn’t hang out much. I do remember the holidays we spent down in the South Bay and up in San Bruno. Like her brother and sisters, they all came from a special mold of love, caring and helping others when possible. I will miss her.

  • Melanie Renee Bucher- Silva August 21, 2020 7:54 am

    To My gorgeous, faith ridden aunt Renee as well as my middle name sake.. you inspire me always to see the beauty in everything God given. I will see you again, and will watch the nature show forever with you.

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