- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Nancy Marie Chanitz Buechner, active volunteer and wife of former U.S. Rep. Jack W. Buechner, died of lung cancer Jan. 7 at Georgetown University Hospital. She was 59.

Born and raised in St. Louis, Mrs. Buechner graduated from DeAndreis High School and attended the University of Missouri at St. Louis.

She worked at the Crane Agency, an insurance company, for 22 years before marrying Mr. Buechner in 1990 and moving to the District in 1991. The couple moved to McLean in 1993.

Mrs. Buechner’s extensive volunteer work included stints as secretary, treasurer and president of the Auxiliary of the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress.

For several years, she did committee work on behalf of the Missouri Society delegation to the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

She also was an active fundraiser for St. Thomas Episcopal Church of McLean, served as a Parent-Teacher Organization officer at Spring Hill Elementary School and Cooper Middle School, and was a Cub Scouts den mother and official with her son’s Boy Scouts troop.

In 1998, Mrs. Buechner started her own business, Everything In Its Place, through which she helped clients organize their homes and offices. She worked in the business part time until being diagnosed with lung cancer in August.

“She was the best friend I ever had and the kindest person in the world,” said Mr. Buechner, a Missouri Republican who served two terms in the House from 1987 to 1990.

He also was a deputy whip to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Buechner’s survivors include a son, Charles Chanitz Buechner of McLean; sister Catherine Opfer of St. Charles, Mo.; brothers Robert Chanitz and William Chanitz of St. Louis; stepsons Patrick Buechner of Berkeley, Calif., and Terrence Buechner of Brooklyn, N.Y.; four stepgrandchildren; and nine nieces and nephews.

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