NEW HAMBURG -- Monsignor Philip Andrew Bucher, 76, of New Hamburg, died Feb, 27, 2012, at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque, N.M.
Born Dec. 31, 1935, in New Hamburg, to the late Philip S. and Leocadia Dirnberger Bucher, he was ordained a priest on March 18,1961, and served as pastor of St. John parish in Leopold, St. Ambrose parish in Chaffee, St. Augustine parish in Kelso, St. Lawrence parish in New Hamburg, St. Joseph the Worker parish in Ozark, Immaculate Conception in Springfield, St. Mary parish in Pierce City, Our Lady of the Ozark parish in Forsyth and Our Lady of the Lake parish in Branson. He was named a monsignor on April 30, 1984. He retired from active ministry on Oct. 18, 2005.
Monsignor Bucher is survived by three sisters, Corona "Coonie" Essner of New Hamburg, Susie (Elmer) Seyer of Oran, Zita (Ted) Nenninger of Hazelwood; a sister-in-law, Mary Bucher of Frankfort, Ill.; a brother-in-law Martin Vandermierden of Glennon; a stepbrother, Mike (Alice) Bucher; and a stepsister, Mary Frances Rosencranz, both of Chicago; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a brother, four sisters, a stepbrother and a stepsister.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 1 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in New Hamburg. Prayer service will begin at 7 p.m.
Visitation before the funeral Mass will begin at 8 a.m Friday at the church, where the Mass of Resurrection will begin at 11 a.m. with the Most Rev. James V. Johnston presiding. The Most Rev. John J. Leibrecht will concelebrate along with other priests of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau.
Burial will be in St. Lawrence Catholic Cemetery in New Hamburg.
Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel of Benton is in charge of arrangements.
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