On Tuesday, April 16, Marie Buchwalter passed away peacefully at the age of 95. Marie was preceded in death by her loving husband of 70 years, Richard. She is survived by her daughter Michelle (Keith) Rushlow, her son James (Betty) Buchwalter, and grandchildren Nicholas, Christine, Lauren and Justin.
Marie was born on March 2, 1924, and spent the first 23 years of her life growing up in Paris. She attended Catholic schools and completed her Brevet diploma. After graduating she worked at the Bank of Paris where she made lifelong friends and enjoyed many happy years. Marie met her husband, Richard, at a dance for U.S. servicemen where he was stationed during WWII. As food was scarce for the citizens of Paris during the war, Marie and her mother had gone to the dance to fill bags with French bread to bring home. After receiving permission from her mother to dance with Marie, they fell in love during a year-long courtship that lasted to the end of the war.
Richard returned to his home in Iowa to finish his college degree, and saved enough money to pay for Marie’s travel to the States by boat. Reunited after two years of being apart, they married in Iowa City on July 12, 1947. After Richard completed his master’s degree in engineering, they left their family in Iowa and moved to Ohio where they raised their two children, Jim and Michelle.
Marie’s life was devoted to her husband and children. She had a huge heart and a true “joie de vivre”, determined to make the best of the opportunity afforded by her new life in the States. She was always thinking of others before herself, and her children and grandchildren were amongst her greatest pride and joy in life. Her generosity to others was limitless, and she was happiest when she was able to share her gifts with others. As an avid fan of Julia Child, Marie loved to cook and enjoyed entertaining her many French friends whom she met in Columbus and who became her extended “French family”. Marie was famous for her incredible 8-course French dinners on Sunday afternoons and holidays. Gardening was one of her favorite hobbies and she filled her yard with flowers along with a large vegetable garden. She was an amazing seamstress, sewing beautiful clothes for her little girl Michelle. She was a happy, always smiling, beautiful little French woman who was so proud of her French heritage. Marie loved to travel, and after retiring she and Richard enjoyed taking annual trips to France to visit Marie’s family and friends still in Paris, as well as trips to visit Richard’s family in Ireland. They enjoyed taking cruises all over the world, and visiting children and grandchildren in Texas and Colorado.
Visitation for Marie will be held in the chapel at the Wesley Ridge Retirement Community in Reynoldsburg, Tuesday April 23rd, from noon till 1:00 P.M., followed by a memorial service.