WOODSTOCK – Sophie Ann Brunner (Bucher, Cain), 89, passed away Wednesday, Dec.19, 2012, in Woodstock, after a long illness.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Richard Cain (1957). She is survived by her husband, Robert, and her son, Charles Cain (Nancy), also of Woodstock. Other family members are her granddaughter, Jennifer (Jason) Heeres, great-grandson, Benjamin Heeres, of Louisville, Ky., and her granddaughter Stephanie Cain of Miles City, Mont.
Sophie Ann was born Aug. 20, 1923, to Alfred and Sophia Bucher of Chicago. Sophie Ann grew up and lived most of her adult life in the Norwood Park area of Chicago, where she attended Schurz and Taft high schools. Sophie Ann studied chemistry and zoology at Northwestern University
. She spent most of her life caring for others, such as her mother, and her son.
After her marriage to Robert, she volunteered for 20 years with the Division of Amphibians and Reptiles of the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, where she prepared snake skeletal specimens for a collection that now bears her name. She also was active in the Norwood Park Presbyterian Church.
Before moving to Woodstock, she and Bob resided in Arlington Heights and attended the Southminster Presbyterian Church. While residing in Woodstock, they were members of First Presbyterian Church of Woodstock. Sophie Ann was a keen observer of nature and enjoyed gardening, sewing and drawing.
A private memorial service has been held.