Helen Burchheit

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Independence - Helen M. Buchheit, 80, of Independence, died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011, at the Buchanan County Health Center, Independence, of congestive heart failure with her family by her side.
She was born Dec. 27, 1930, in Bangor, Maine, the daughter of Elmer Thomas Rockwell and Sara Josephine (Arseneau) Rockwell. She graduated from Bangor High School with the class of 1950 and then served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951 to 1954, mostly working at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.
While in Washington, she met her future husband, Sabinus Anthony "Sonny" Buchheit. They were married Nov. 13, 1954, at the South Chapel at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. They made their home in Independence, where they raised their family.
Helen is survived by her husband; four sons: David (Rosann) Buchheit of Dyersville, Alan Buchheit of Cedar Falls, Scott (Cindy) Buchheit of Ladson, S.C., and Norman Buchheit of Independence; four daughters: Cindy (John) White of Jesup, Jennifer Buchheit of West Des Moines, Deb (Robert) Burger, Marion, and Barb (Mark) Haisch of Clive; 21 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; a sister: Shirley (William) Bass of Pearl, Miss.; and three brothers: Forest Rockwell of Holden, Maine, Ernest Rockwell, and Hollis (Linda) Rockwell of Eddington, Maine.
She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, one brother and three half-brothers.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Independence. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Independence with Military Rites by Pump-Scheer American Legion Post #352 of Jesup.
Friends may call for visitation from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, at the White Funeral Home in Independence, where a Parish/C.D.A. Rosary begins at 3 p.m. and a Vigil Service begins at 6 p.m. Online condolences may be left at www.White-MtHope.com.
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Jan. 11 to Jan. 14, 2011