Rachel M. Buder, age 90, of Mashpee, MA was born in Putnam, Connecticut, the third of eight children born to Edward and Antoinette Bourgeois. She passed away on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, surrounded by her family after a courageous, ten year battle with lung cancer.
She is survived by her son, Deacon Karl G. Buder and his wife Lynn of Vineyard Haven, MA, two grandsons, Alexander G. Buder II and his wife Kelsey, of San Diego, CA and Hans D. Buder and his wife Meghan of Carmel, CA and one great grandson, Elliott J. Buder, of San Diego, CA, two sisters, Elaine Belsey of California, Cecile Bourgeois of Rhode Island and two brothers, Henry Bourgeois of Connecticut and David Bourgeois of Georgia and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, three siblings and her husband of 54 years, Alexander G. Buder I.
Rachel was employed until her retirement by the State of Connecticut as a nurse in an inpatient facility for special needs adults. She drove and lived independently until recently, when she moved to live with her family on Martha’s Vineyard. Her pride and joy was her home and her yard and gardens, which she maintained in a meticulous manner. Rare was the day when she didn’t have a home project in motion. Within six weeks of her death, she was working to repair a concrete apron in her driveway.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at Christ the King Parish in Mashpee at 11:30am on Monday, September 17th by Fr. Michael Nagle, the Pastor of Good Shepherd Parish on Martha’s Vineyard, who is a friend of the Buder family. Burial will be at a later date at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne beside her husband. Donations in her honor may be made to Marianapolis Preparatory School, Chase Road, Thompson, Connecticut, which her son and several family members attended.