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Obituary for Virginia Buhler

August 23, 1922 – June 28, 2023

Virginia Buhler, age 100, passed away in her home on June 28. She was born in Clarion, Iowa, on Aug. 23, 1922, the daughter of the late William and Marian (nee: Lockwood) Devine.

Virginia Buhler
Virginia Buhler

Virginia was a graduate of Washington Park High School and UW-Milwaukee. On May 11, 1944, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church, she was united in marriage to Allen C. Buhler who preceded her in death on April 18, 2011.

In addition to dealing with the many challenges raising six children can bring, she stayed active in various endeavors. To name a few, she was a board member at Racine Art Museum and the Racine Community Foundation. She was involved in organizing and attending many Ecumenical Women’s Retreats at Siena Center. She was a co-worker of Mother Teresa and a member of the Catholic Junior League. She volunteered at the Racine County Jail lending an ear to those serving time in the juvenile detention center.

But where Gini truly shined was in her unique ability to see ways in which she could help others. On a scale both grand and small, nothing gave her more joy than this. She always did so in a very quiet way, never looking for accolades.

She will be dearly missed by her children, Lynn Buhler, William (Kam) Buhler, Ellen (Joseph) Albrecht, Laura (Michael) Palazzola, Thomas (Marcia) Buhler, John Buhler (Helen Morelan); 14 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Mary Ann; granddaughter, Sarah Underhill; brother, W. Thomas Devine; and in-laws, Ellen Devine, James and Barbara Murray, and David and Edith Buhler.

We would like to extend special thanks to her caregivers, Valda Valeviciute and Saulute Aleksaitiene.


A mass of Christian burial for Virginia will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on July 6 at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, with Rev. Yamid Blanco officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family from 9:30 a.m. until time of the mass at 11 a.m. Private interment will be held at Holy Family Cemetery. 

Memorials to the Racine Art Museum or the Racine Community Foundation have been suggested.

Obituary and photo courtesy of Maresh-Meredith & Acklam Funeral Home.

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