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LuVerne Ethel Buchele

September 21, 1920 March 12, 2019
LuVerne Ethel Buchele
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LuVerne E. (Engelbrecht) Buchele, 98, died March 12, 2019 in Honolulu, Hawaii. A WW II veteran, she will be privately interred beside her husband, Robert B. Buchele, at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, (Punchbowl). Nuuanu Memorial Park and Mortuary is assisting with arrangements.

LuVerne Ethel Engelbrecht was born Sept. 21, 1920 to Bernhard H.P.and Frieda C.M. (Seggebruch) Engelbrecht in the family farmhouse near Onarga, Iroquois County, Illinois, the second of four children. She first attended a one-room country school and graduated from Watseka Community High School, Il in 1938.

LuVerne was awarded a 4-year college scholarship by the Illinois General Assembly. She was inducted into the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society; earned her BS degree with high honors at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1942). LuVerne later earned her Master’s degree at the University of Chicago (AM 1947). She taught at various public schools in Illinois, Indiana, and California.

During WW II, LuVerne first worked in aircraft manufacturing, a genuine “Rosie the Riveter.” In 1944, she enlisted in the Women's Army Corps (WACs), serving with the 2nd Signal Service Battalion at Arlington Hall Station in Virginia, attaining Tech 4 rank (equivalent to Sgt). She was honorably discharged in 1946,

Ordered to maintain secrecy for 50 years after war’s end, LuVerne revealed the nature of her war-time military duties only in 1995. She was a Cryptanalysis Technician, one of the famed “Code Girls” who deciphered encrypted communications among German and Japanese enemy forces, work crucial to Allied victory in 1945.

After the war, LuVerne met Navy veteran and PhD candidate Bob Buchele at the University of Chicago. They married Oct. 6, 1950 and had three children: Brad, Bette, and Jill. The Bucheles lived in Los Angeles, CA while Bob taught at UCLA, moving to Hawaii in 1963 when Bob joined the University of Hawaii-Manoa faculty.

LuVerne retired from teaching (1955) to become a full-time homemaker. As a faculty wife and mother, she put her exceptional cooking, sewing, and gardening talents to good use. She was an avid reader. She also worked many years as a volunteer for the Girl Scouts and her children’s schools, and as an activist against cruelty to animals at rodeos, especially the inhumane, painful “bucking strap” used to provoke otherwise tame horses and livestock.

LuVerne also loved music. She was a self-taught pianist and studied voice during her military service—she once performed “Un bel di vedremo” from Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly at a military hospital near DC, to the soldiers. Even throughout her last year, she often broke into song, her clear soprano surprising listeners with such favorites as “Edelweiss.”

Mrs. Buchele is survived by daughter Bette K. Buchele, grandson Keith A.(Janice Okimoto) Boychuk, and son-in-law Dr. Rodney Boychuk, all of Honolulu, HI; sister Jeanette C. (Dr. Walter) Whisler of Wilmette, IL; and many nieces and nephews on the mainland.

She was preceded in death by son Brad L. Buchele, daughter Jill R. Buchele-Boychuk, husband Dr. Robert B. Buchele, sister Margie C.T. (Engelbrecht) Benoit, and brother Kenneth W. Engelbrecht.

Memorials may be directed to Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders, or Immanuel Lutheran Church, 996 N. State Route 49, Cissna Park, IL.

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National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl Final Resting Place

2177 Puowaina Drive
Honolulu, HI 96813

2177 Puowaina Drive Honolulu 96813 HI
United States

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