Obituary- Joan Mary Buell |

Obituary- Joan Mary Buell

Staff reports

Services will be Saturday, Oct. 6 for Joan Mary Buell, who died peacefully Sept. 26, 2001, following a 3-year battle with cancer. She was 58.

Mrs. Buell was born Dec. 15, 1942, at Wellsley, Mass., and had been an 11-year resident of South Lake Tahoe. She graduated from Wellsley High School in 1961, and received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and Christian Counseling from the University of Oregon, Eugene. She worked for public school systems in Oregon, teaching second-, third- and fourth grades from 1980 to 1988 as well as special education classes.

Mrs. Buell had a certified counselors license and had been a counselor at Choices of South Lake Tahoe, executive director of Good Samaritan Counseling Center, Tahoe Branch and director of the GSM domestic violence program. She also was certified in reality therapy and had been director of the South Lake Tahoe Family Violence Program. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, decorating, swimming, listening and taking care of her family.

Survivors include her husband of 37 years, William Buell of South Lake Tahoe; daughters, Crystal Buell of Portland, Ore., and Robin Buell of South Lake Tahoe; grandsons, Noah Hendrick and Chase Hendrick of South Lake Tahoe; sister, Jane Bonifassi of Santa Barbara, Calif.; father, Joe Bonifassi of Wellsley, Mass.; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jim and Fran Buell of South Lake Tahoe; father-in-law, James Buell of South Lake Tahoe; several nieces and nephews and many, many friends. She was predeceased by her mother, Agnes Bonifassi.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 at South Shore Christian Assembly, 886 Glorene Ave.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in Mrs. Buell’s memory be made to the Joan Buell Memorial Fund at any branch of El Dorado Savings. Donations will assist with funeral expenses.

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