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Dorothy Buechy succumbs to injuries at age 86

Saturday, October 27th, 2012 | Posted by

Dorothy Buechy (left) in “Enchanted April”

Local thespian, medical professional and geneticist Dorothy Buechy succumbed to injuries on Oct. 20 at 86 as a result of an auto accident on Westside Road late on the evening of Oct. 16. She was returning home after a fundraiser at Guerneville’s Rainbow Cattle Company for a production called a “River Family Christmas,” which was to be performed at Monte Rio’s Curtain Call Theater in late November. She was to have played the role of one of two reunited sisters.

Born Dorothy Yvonne Whissell on April 12, 1926, in St. Louis, Mo., Buechy graduated from  Wellesley College, studied German and philosophy and spent her junior year in Zurich, where she met the love of her life, Werner Buchi. He preceded her in death after 49 years of marriage. She and Werner, who changed his name after immigrating to the U.S., lived in Dry Creek Valley on Westside Road.

She is survived by her three daughters: Catherine Fard (Mehdad), Barbara Rankin (Brandon) and Heidi Abramson (Jeffrey); and six grandchildren: Nick, Holly, Amelia, Anoush, Annabelle and Bijan. Dee obtained a PhD in Human Genetics from UC Berkeley, authored several scientific papers and pursued a research career in Genetics while raising her three daughters and dancing with the San Francisco Ballet where she appeared in the Nutcracker.

After moving to western Sonoma County, Buechy became involved in two Russian River theater companies, where she pursued and became involved in her love of the theater. Her most recent role was Mrs. Graves in Curtain Call theater’s August production of “Enchanted April.”

Dorothy Buechy

Curtain Call’s founder said, “Well all miss her terribly.” Guernevillian Gretchen Belgrave, who also played a role in “Enchanted April,” said she’d known Buechy for years and always enjoyed working with her.

Kit Mariah, also of Guerneville and writer/director of a “River Family Christmas” was distraught over the Company’s loss and  will need to rewrite the script while dealing with her grief.

Family and friends are invited to a funeral service at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at St Paul’s Episcopal Church, 209 Matheson St. in Healdsburg. Burial at Olive Hill Cemetery in Geyserville will be private. Donations may be made to St Paul’s Episcopal Church. WINDSOR HEALDSBURG MORTUARY 707-838-6000

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